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Here in northern California spring-time is coming in with a whimper. No rain, lots of clouds, very cool days, all strange. But flowers still are blooming and the amazing California poppy is everywhere. All the spring flowers have me thinking about new birth. I thought this would be a good time to review some of my favorite labor coping methods. These are the the strategies I have found to be most helpful to women.
Decades ago when Dr. Fernand Lamaze wrote the book “Painless Childbirth” the natural childbirth movement was born. Thousands upon thousands of women diligently learned their breathing techniques and prepared themselves for their births. Unfortunately, what many women found out was that labor and birth actually did hurt for them. A lot.
M.I.A sang and danced onstage at the Grammy’s while she was 9 months pregnant with a giant, beautiful belly. I just have to say “good for her”. Believe it or not, she didn’t really do anything so unusual. This is what she does. Actually, it is part of her career. It was hard not to miss all the press surrounding this seemingly dramatic act. Later I read the shocking headline, “M.I.A. has contractions before Grammys”. Oh, come on. It is perfectly normal to have contractions late in pregnancy and they have nothing to do with labor. This is just another example of how little is understand about pregnancy and how far we have drifted off course.