Prenatal Massage, Hypnobirthing, And Other Ways To Manage Having A Baby

Jul 30, 2013

Home birthing? Doulas? Midwives? Hypnobirthing? Prenatal massage? Today, we’re talking about alternative birthing.

Fifty years ago, it was pretty simple: you went to the hospital, they knocked you out, and you had your baby — while dad smoked a cigar in the waiting room. Or if no hospital was nearby, you gave birth at home and hoped a savvy neighborhood lady could to help out. In later years, the question became home birth versus hospital birth.

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Today, dozens of professionals want to assist in your birthing process. They’ll massage you, hypnotize you, acupuncture you, coach you, prop you up, put you under, even bring a backyard pool into your house so the baby can drop into a nice warm tub — thus postponing for another few minutes the harsh reality of world outside the womb.

Today, I’ll be joined by a doctor, a massage therapist, a midwife, and more, as we talk about varieties of birth experience.

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