Our Wise Hippo clients spend time during their Wise Hippo Birthing Programme classes overcoming any fears that they may have about birth. Should they be told however that they may need to be induced, this can bring with it a new fear. The fear of induction itself and how that may impact on their birth.
During Wise Hippo Birthing Programme sessions we discuss with our clients the benefits of questioning the necessity of being induced should the subject arise. This is the first step in helping overcome the fear of induction.
If you make the decision that induction is the best course of action for you having asked your questions you won’t feel like you’ve just been told that it has to be a certain way.
This is important because by being the one to make the decision you maintain control over your baby’s birth. When you are in control of a situation you remain much more positive emotionally and this can make all the difference when preparing for labour following induction.
A useful booklet to help with your discussions can be found on the AIMS website Inducing Labour: Making informed decisions.
So having made the decision that it is right for you to be induced the next step in overcoming the fear of induction will be how you prepare for it.
You will want to make sure that you give yourself the best possible chance to remain calm, relaxed and in control and there are number of things that you can do to help with this:
- Find out what the procedure will be (the booklet mentioned above will help with this also).
- Find out how you will be monitored and explain that you will want to be as mobile as possible.
- Ask if your partner is able to stay with you. If no, ask if there is any way around this.
- If it is not possible then ensure that your partner is on the other end of the phone and call him/her when you need to.
- Explain that when your body has taken over that you want artificial support to be stopped as soon as possible.
- Ask for understanding and patience with regards to your Wise Hippo preparation.
- Let your medical provider know that you do not want suggestions for pain relief as you will ask for it should you want it.
The main issue with induction is that the body can be jumped to the more intense surges and therefore you do not have the same time in which to prepare physically and emotionally. The endorphins do not then get the same opportunity to build as in a natural progression of labour. You will therefore need to do this BEFORE induction commences.
This is where all of your Wise Hippo practise will come to the fore.
Make sure that you have entered a deep state of relaxation before induction is commenced. Listening to one of your favourite Wise Hippo mp3s or counting down to your relxing place will be good for this.
Focus on your breathing, 5,4,3,2,1 relax which is learnt through the Bond and Breathe session will help with this along with your ‘Waves of Relaxation’.
Use your farourite Wise Hippo mp3 for entering and maintaining your deep state of relaxation. Remember when your endorphins are fully present from the onset of labour and are maintained throughout they will help prevent pain signals from being transmitted to the brain.
Your birth partner’s support and using your BRAINS are particularly important when you are induced as often one form of intervention can lead to another. Asking questions should that occur will again ensure that you maintain control over your birthing experience.
There is no need to have a fear of induction. We have had Wise Hippo Mummies choose to be induced and they have been able to remain calm and relaxed and ensure that they and their baby had ‘the right birth on the day’
Taking control by being the ones to decide that induction is right for them and their Wise Hippo preparation have been the key to their success.