Tools for Labor
Regardless of where you give birth, there are some tools you may find useful for comfort. These tools are inexpensive, and most are easily obtained and travel well. Practice using them so you know what to expect and have a feel for which ones you like the best before labor begins.
During the labor, what you prefer may change as the baby's position and your energy level change. Having a variety of tools available increases your chances of giving birth naturally.
Once you have selected the tools you would like to use in labor, gather them together in a small bag so they will be easily accessible for use. Be sure to try them out with your labor partners before labor begins. This will ensure both you and your support know how to use them and how your body reacts to it.
What tools should I have for labor
The pages in this section describe some of the most common and easiest to find tools. Do not limit yourself to this list. Anything that will help you cope with labor is a labor tool. For example, if you enjoy drinking a specific tea be sure to have some on hand for labor.
Pay attention to the things you do to be comfortable every day. Do you use a specific size or type of pillow? Do you like specific scents or sounds? Is there an object or two that help you relax? Items that keep you comfortable in your every day life can help you stay comfortable during labor.
Once you have identified a few things, explore the ways they could be used during labor. A favorite book my help you pass the time in early labor. A favorite movie may be fun to watch before contractions are too strong. A favorite chair might provide wonderful opportunities for positions. A favorite shirt may help you feel comfortable in active labor. Experiment and remember the only guideline is that your tools must help you stay comfortable.
You can purchase many of the items in this section at discount stores in your area. If you prefer, you can purchase them online through Amazon.com at the Birthing Naturally Birth Store.