Monday, June 20, 2011

Childbirth Series

Another helpful tool in child birth is the lavender bath. In interview ing the mothers I know I have gotten an overall consensus that laboring at home is the easiest kind of natural labor to endure. Flat on your back in a bed is the most painful position to endure the pain of contractions and labor. When choosing to have your baby at home with a midwife you can choose where you labor and what tools you use to help ease the pain and discomfort. One tool you can use is a lavender bath. Lavender bath's are good for late in labor just before transition when the pain is at it's peak. To make the lavender bath you fill up your tub with hot water and then mix 2 TBSP of Epsom Salt with 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Then dump the Epsom salt mixture under the running water so it will dissolve. You can spend as little or as much time in there as you choose A friend of mine who just delivered her baby was in the Lavender bath the last 45 minutes of Delivery through transition and actually delivered the baby in the tub. She testifies that the lavender bath took her contractions down about 4 notches and helped her relax making the pain very manageable. She was also able to stay more calm during this intense time. If you plan to use a lavender bath during your Labor make sure to have the oil and Epsom Salt near the tub so it is ready when you hit hard labor

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