Did you know that our bodies provide us with our OWN pain relief during labour?! They’re called ENDORPHINS and are your body’s very own morphine! Studies show that it increases and increases throughout labour, alongside its bessie mate oxytocin. The more oxytocin, the more endorphins- now that’s one hell of a labour party let me tell you!

“Just wanted to send you a few photos from my non-medicated/no-intervention water birth that happened in Turkey where c-section rates are 55% and water births are rarely practiced. Kico in the water, can’t see it unfortunately Doing my breathing, trying to keep my face floppy! I didn’t realise it at the time but I was doing “straw lips” even when I wasn’t having a drink 😅 Our little lady arrived after 3 hours of active labour! As a first time mother, I expected labour to last a long time and be incredibly painful. However, I arrived at the hospital at 9cm dilation without having experienced any pain beforehand, I wasn’t even aware labour had started, we only went in because my waters had broken. I couldn’t believe the birth I was experiencing was real, I kept thinking “the worst is yet to come so what I’m feeling can’t be a real contraction. it’s just starting now, surely I will need pain relief to continue for the rest of the process because it WILL get worse.” However, the pain didn’t get worse, it actually became more manageable as I became familiar with the sensations and grew more confident in my body’s ability to deliver my baby. I want to emphasise the importance of the work that you do in breaking the negativity around birthing. Despite the fact that I followed your content and did hours of hypnobirthing classes, I clearly hadn’t internalised that it doesn’t have to be painful and it can even be pleasant. Years of cultural baggage is difficult to unlearn! I wish I could do it all again so that I could stay in the moment the whole way through instead of being anxious at the beginning. Thank you for making women feel confident and powerful! Oh finally, I want to say a big “fuck you” to everyone who tried to scare me, who put doubts in my mind and belittled my wish to have a non-medicated/no-intervention birth. I’ve been told so many times “we’ll see you when you get there, it’s obvious you haven’t done this before” kinda stuff that I lost faith in myself. Well guess what, I did give birth how I wanted and it was better than I could ever imagine! 😎”

No matter who you are, what your past life or current life entails it’s safe to know that YOU can influence with the power of the mind and when you do, magical things really do start to happen!

Much love
Emma aka The Naked Doula

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