“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” Laura Stavoe Harm
I hope you enjoyed this week’s broadcast of our Motherhood Made Beautiful series highlighting the labor experience: prep for, the actual arduous journey, as well as the immediate postpartum period. Labor is a full physical, mental and emotional journey for a woman. No matter which way you choose to birth your children, in order to do so with as calm a temperament as possible, you must be prepared in every one of those facets- to the best of your ability. There are many roadblocks many women face, and their ultimate goal in labor and delivery may look dramatically different from the results, but each and every woman should still embrace this journey, prepare in the way that they choose (keeping mama and baby’s safety as the utmost priority) and remain flexible knowing that nature will always take its course.
Here are some of the great resources I promised you:
1.Labor Cheat Sheet (download here for high quality version).
This is not a full and thorough description of what suggested essential oils you can use for each stage of labor, but rather a quick reference for yourself as well as a helpful labor assistant (husband, mother, friend, nurse) with prompts that remind you when to use what! Print it onto cardstock and laminate if you really want to get serious while you’re nesting!
2. Recipes and Recipe Cards (download here for high quality versions)
Can be printed onto Avery Postcard/Index Cards. This is the recipe I suggested for:
to apply to bottom as you’re pushing for some slippery help as well as oils that are wonderful at supporting that stretching skin.
Baby I’m Sore: Labor Support Blend
a blend to apply to sore areas of the body as you are working through active labor. All of these oils are magical for your emotional impairment that may be happening at this time as well.
Baby I’m Sore: After Labor Blend
a blend to apply to stomach over uterus as it uncomfortably works its way back down after labor. Go ahead and apply it before nursing sessions since those are almost certain to bring about some of that discomfort! (Nature really is amazing!) The oils in here are perfectly safe for baby to touch too, so no worries about skin to skin with this blend.
3. Example of My Labor Playlist
meditating, prayer, repeating a mantra, and listening to whatever music calms you is helpful during active labor. You have to choose whatever music moves you and vibes with your personality. These songs are a mix of what brings me serenity, so feel free to use it as you wish to create your own playlist!
I hope that you enjoyed our time together, I wish you the most successful and beautiful labor-whatever that may mean for you, and I ask you to pray for me as I approach my own in the next few days! I’ll see you next week for our Week 2 broadcast where we will discuss Postpartum!