As a former maternity nurse who saw way too many messed up epidurals, I knew I would never want to get one.
My motto became:
Better suffer through temporary pain of childbirth,
than risk suffering pain afterwards.
After I had my first birth without an epidural, my doula congratulated me on not asking for an epidural during labor.
I answered her that I never considered an option.
What is a midwife and why would you choose one over a doctor?
Isn’t it safer to have an OB deliver your baby?
What if something goes wrong?
I seemed to get these questions a lot when I was pregnant.
What are Midwives?
Midwives are Registered Nurses who spend an additional two years training on a Master’s level for well women care, pregnancy, and childbirth.
Midwives are trained to deliver babies at home, in birthing centers and in hospitals.
Their philosophy towards pregnancy and childbirth differ from doctor’s philosophy in the following ways:
Midwives view pregnancy and childbirth as a normal, natural process.
Swimming is incredibly beneficial for our bodies, and even more so during pregnancy!
When your body is active, your heart rate increases.
An increased heart rate boosts the circulation of blood through your body, which then improves the transport of vital nutrients to your baby.
Cardiovascular exercise is great for burning calories, which keeps your weight within a healthy range.
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Cardiovascular exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, which are “feel good” hormones, also known as a “runner’s high”.
Endorphins help ease depression, irritability, and they are amazing mood boosters!