What natural labor techniques should I use? Labor & Birth

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Get natural labor tips from OB/GYNs, and see what pain relief techniques other moms used -- and highly recommend.

Switch Positions & Locations

"I recommend moving or being on a birthing ball during labor if you are trying to avoid intervention. Movement can be helpful, but when you are attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean section, these movements can be limited because your baby may need monitoring. Some hospitals offer 'walking' epidurals and then a woman could be on a birthing ball next to the bed, still being monitored."

-- Sarah Yamaguchi, MD, OB/GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Focus on Deep Breaths

"Deep breathing is key. Some women focus on an object or listen to a soothing sound during the pain. This method is called HypnoBirthing." -- Yvonne Bohn, MD, OB/GYN at Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

Do Your Research

"Learn what to expect out of a normal labor, so you won't be afraid when your body starts doing 'weird' things."

Get in the Shower

"Do not stay stationary. That just makes the pain worse. Move around. Get in the shower with warm water beating on your back."

Take a HypnoBirthing Class

"HypnoBirthing prepares you very well for the big day. It truly gives you the tools to have a nearly 'pain-free' birth. I had an amazing experience!"

Listen to Your Body

"I paid special attention to the needs of my own body. When it said push, I pushed; when it said new position, I went to another position. If it helps to moan, do that. I would inhale right before a contraction and let it out in a low or high pitch."

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