Birth Stories

Drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea And Incorporating The Counter Pressure Helped Marie During Her Hospital Birth

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    15 minutes after my first cramp! I could tell that it was fairly consistent and lying down didn’t make it go away.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    Embracing the pain and knowing that it will get worse before it gets better.

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  • What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?

    Drinking red raspberry leaf tea and more importantly, incorporating the counter pressure methods to use during labor (i.e. push hips together during contractions).

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    How quickly it was from start to finish - just 4.5 hours from the first cramp until my daughter was born. I also delivered on all fours ... the Doctor didn’t tell me to assume that position, but it just seemed the most natural and comfortable position for me. My body took over and switched to that position right before I started pushing.

  • Like I was staring at the closest view of heaven on earth.
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    Having my husband push my hips together and press hard on my lower back/pelvic bone during contractions. I also did the “horse lips” thing I’d blowing through my lips in the lower register which also helped!

  • What position did you end up delivering in?

    On all fours, in almost a child’s pose position.

  • How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?

    Like I was staring at the closest view of heaven on earth.

  • How did the Mama Natural Birth Class help you in your childbirth?

    Hearing the stories from the other Mamas. The tips on how to get through transition, transparent conversations on what to expect, the Birthing Plan sheet and other resources/guides, etc.

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