There is a reason your doula is going to tell you to try to go to sleep when you call her at 3:00 in the morning.

Why? Because birth is a process.

and that process sometimes takes longer then you think it will..

or it may be harder for you to find a groove then you thought it would be and your exhausting yourself in early labor before its normally time when your doula would join you, or earlier then you would want to go to the hospital or birth center.

Sometimes getting to sleep, resting or conserving your energy in early labor (or earlier active labor) can be challenging.

Sometimes its hard to find comfortable positions to rest in when your anxious, excited and full of anticipation of your upcoming birth.

So.. What can you do to help ensure your able to really relax in early labor so you can conserve your energy for further in your labor?

Imagine going into labor.... and then having your doula come to help you get cozy enough to get back to sleep or help you learn coping skills earlier in labor to be able to figure out how to work through your contractions before your labor gets more active or intense...

That is what early labor relaxation means.

 

The most common observation that I have heard from moms after they have had their babies is that they wish they had gone to sleep in early labor like their doula (I) had suggested.

What is it? -

 

 

The hospital environment starts with florescent lights, beeping machines, and unfamiliar faces and places, to name a few of the immediate stressful experiences. This environment might provoke anxiety. And although birth centers are cozy they also provoke an anxiety of when to leave to get there on time and the simple change of environment can throw things off.

Next, you may experience some form of intervention, an IV maybe, followed by (pitocin, epidural, episiotomy). Shots and cuts are scary and may raise cortisol levels. But also touches or sounds from new or different people. 

This is especially so when you’re on your back, or in an unfamiliar bed, unable to drink or eat, getting tired, having contractions, and during ALL of that, there is a feeling of urgency constantly surrounding you.

Since a lot is going on, including fear, and stress, cortisol levels are undoubtedly up even before entering your birthing room or leaving your house!

This is also very helpful for mamas birthing at home. It helps to relax you and helps you to find your cozy space but also helps you to let go in a way that you will be able to labor for the long haul​

Cortisol = the STRESS hormone

An analysis of other studies found that the average decrease in salivary cortisol after a de-stressing session of some kind was 31%, while the serotonin increased on average by 28% and dopamine by 31%.

Serotonin and dopamine are both neurotransmitters that are thought to play an integral role on well-being and happiness.

Both are vital during your labor!

During labor your muscles tense up if you feel stressed and anxious, if that tension goes on too long, it can tire you out.

Another study showed that

The highest need for intervention during birth is because of maternal exhaustion!

          Start your labor off by lowering cortisol levels

(the stress hormone)

so that as your labor progresses. 

         It helps you to be better rested and ready to birth your baby!

 

Studies have shown early labor relaxation

can reduce your risk of intervention by 50%

by helping you to learn how to cope, resting more then you normally would unassisted and avoid exhausting yourself.

While treating yourself and helping to reset before going into active labor !!

A study on adolescent mothers compared the effects of massage therapy against relaxation therapy. Both therapy’s helped reduce anxiety and worked to reduce cortisol levels.
 

De-stressing sessions of some kind are simple ways to wind-down and reduce cortisol levels but also help moms feel relaxed and more peaceful before the intensity of labor increases.

The most common need for intervention is from maternal exhaustion.

Start your labor off rested and relaxed!

$200 first session

$130 for each additional

This services is included in the Holistic Doula care package

Techniques used:

Aromatherapy, Acupressure, Reiki, Reflexology, Touch, Visualization. Craniosacral. Coping skills, Rebozo and Positioning

Early Labor Relaxation

Early Labor Relaxation Session

Start your birth story off right.

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About Ellie

I am a licensed Midwife

and a Doula!
I have four kiddos of my own.
I like to bring the normality back to what has become a highly medical event by nurturing and empowering parents.
I add a calm and holistic touch to your evidence based care!

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