We have this great option for pain management in childbirth here in Nashville that is coming back in popularity: nitrous oxide. This isn’t your dentist’s nitrous oxide, but a combination of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen. It won’t completely numb you like an epidural will, but is often described as “taking the edge off.”
For a while now, supporters of natural birth as a movement have been quoting a particular study about doulas. The study suggests doulas have measurable impact on perceived pain in labor, over all satisfaction, length of labor, as well as use of epidurals, Pitocin, and cesarean birth.
We’re doulas. We absolutely believe we are capable of elevating your birth experience. We’ve seen first hand our ability to help our clients cope with discomfort and provide them with the agenda-less encouragement that super-charges their confidence. What we take pause over is the frequent suggestion that we can prevent certain practices and outcomes during your birth.
If you’re planning a hospital birth, don’t put off packing until you go into labor. The hospital already has a lot of the items for your postpartum care, such as pads, cool packs, a breast pump, and a peri bottle, along with items for your new baby, such as diapers, receiving blankets, and a hat. So what do you actually need to bring? Use our handy printable Hospital Bag Packing List and get to packing. Plan to pack around 35 weeks to ensure you have everything ready to go before baby makes a debut.