3 things your doctor never told you about giving birth | Boulder Maternity Photographer

Hey there mama-to-be! So, you may feel overwhelmed with all the information (or lack thereof) about giving birth. But don’t worry as your Boulder Maternity Photographer, I’ve got you!

Here are 3 things your doctor probably didn’t tell you about giving birth that will help you feel more prepared and in control.

(And hey, if these pique your interest, bring these up to your doctor at the next appointment!)

1. Epidurals are not the only form of pain relief available during labor

Epidurals are a common form of pain relief during labor, but they are not the only option available. Other forms of pain relief include nitrous oxide, spinal blocks, and natural methods such as hypnobirthing, acupuncture, and massage. These options can provide a more natural and less invasive pain relief.

Question for your doctor: What other pain relief options do they see often that are effective other than epidural?

2. Doulas are a great support and aren’t only used for birth

A doula is a professional trained to provide emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. A doula can help you with relaxation techniques, provide emotional support, and advocate for your wishes during birth.

Question for your doctor: Do you work with doulas often? Are there any you recommend?

3. Birthing pools can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during labor

Warm water can help ease the pain and discomfort of contractions, and it also allows you to move around more easily, which can help the baby move down the birth canal. Birthing pools can also provide a sense of privacy and intimacy during labor.

Question for your doctor: Are there birth pools at the hospital or another way I can use water to relax?

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Hello, I am Julie. Wife, mom of two boys, photographer, adventurer and coffee lover. I live in Colorado and never run out of places to hike, explore, and play with my family. Some of our most recent adventures include white water rafting, tent camping, and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.