As options become more available for those women wishing to have a natural childbirth more women are choosing nature's way. And why not? For millennia women have been capable of giving birth without the use of machines, epidurals or other interventions.
It is possible to give birth without suffering, risk or fear with the right support. Ina May Gaskin is a well-known midwife who set up a commune in the 60's for women who wanted to birth their babies the natural way. Her two books Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
gives expecting mums a powerful resource based on scientific evidence on the benefits of a natural labour. Ina also developed the Gaskin Maneuver uses simple body movements to facilitate a difficult birth.
Grantly Dick-Read, a British obstetrician who wrote the classic Childbirth Without Fear is another advocate of the natural birth. He argued that labour pain came from society conditioning women to expect it and believed that women who are given methods and techniques to release tension and let go of their fear can experience a normal, all-natural birth.
The Natural Pregnancy Project
is a great educational and support resource for mum's to be who want to know more about going down the natural birth route.
If you're looking for a gift for a woman who's about to pop (the natural way) the
Labour and Birth Box
by Natalia is a gorgeous organic present to show you with her. It contains an organic cotton flannel, Labour Massage Oil
, Labour Bath Ease
and Labour Instant Energiser
. The energiser is a pulse pointer containing essential oils peppermint, rosemary and frankincense to rub onto wrists and inhalation to uplift during a long labour.