Frequently Asked Questions:
Seriously, I just listen to these and birth will be easier? That can't be right!
I get it! I was skeptical of using meditations for my first few births. But after one medicated labor with an episiotomy (NOT a fun recovery) and a second panicked labor that was so fast that I didn't even have time for an epidural, I finally realized I needed another plan. And looking back, I wish I had used meditation for all four labors.
How do I use these meditations?
It's easy: Download these meditations as mp4 files and add them to your phone's iTunes playlist (or whatever mp4 player you use). Then, just turn on a meditation every night before you go to sleep.
When it's time for labor and delivery, you'll easily be able to find your birth meditations on your phone.
Do these meditations work for home births?
Whether you choose a hospital birth or a home birth, these meditations will help you stay centered and calmed. You can use them anywhere.
How are these meditations different from free things I can find on YouTube?
Well, there's a few things. 1. These meditations are written and recorded by a licensed yoga teacher with years of prenatal experience. Her training and years of helping pregnant mothers has taught her the best messages to give you during labor. 2. Your birth partner won't need to be freaking out because you're in transition, but he's waiting for an ad to finish playing before your meditation is ready. 3. These meditations are much longer (20-30 minutes), which allows you to really "get in the zone" in a deeply relaxed state while you're in labor. Some women (including me!) even experience a semiconscious state where they're aware of a contraction happening, but they aren't in pain from it. But you simply can't get that experience from a 4 minute centering exercise.
What about other meditations/hypnosis tracks?
Between my last 2 labors, I tried a few other birthing hypnosis tracks. Some tracks were good had good content, but the voice on the recording was really grating (other moms-to-be have reported this same issue). Other birthing tracks only come with a program that is hundreds of dollars. These meditations, with a silky-smooth, calming voice, are available at a fraction of the price of other products.