In this podcast episode I chat with Vanessa from Illoura Birth – a doula, childbirth and newborn educator, paediatric nurse, and a mother of three boys. The spotlight is on her induction of labour, as Vanessa shares her remarkable experiences of three positive induction births. Her journey offers insightful tips on preparing for a positive induction and embracing the journey with confidence.
How to Prepare for a Positive Induction:
Embarking on an induction birth journey requires more than just physical readiness; it demands mental and emotional preparedness as well. Vanessa’s story exemplifies the power of the mind in shaping birth experiences. Drawing from her expertise, she harnessed techniques from HypnoBirthing, including meditations, affirmations, and breathing exercises. By embracing these practices, individuals can help to cultivate a positive mindset and alleviate any anxieties tied to the induction process.
Vanessa’s Story – Induction Birth in Hospital:
Vanessa’s journey unfolds with her third pregnancy, accompanied by the challenge of severe hyperemesis gravidarum. Undeterred by this condition, Vanessa remained steadfast in her pursuit of a positive induction experience. Amidst the uncertainty of a postponed induction due to a respiratory virus, Vanessa embraced the lead-up to her induction day with quality time spent with her family and a delightful dinner with her husband. Her induction journey began with the insertion of prostaglandin gel, a pivotal step in preparing her cervix. In the midst of this, Vanessa’s use of hypnobirthing techniques and affirmations played a vital role in managing the sensations and uncertainties that come with labour.
Positive Inductions – Tips from Vanessa:
Vanessa’s experience offers a wealth of advice for those approaching induction births. She underscores the significance of proactively participating in decision-making during the induction process. This empowerment not only fosters a collaborative relationship with care providers but also allows individuals to actively contribute to their birthing experience. Vanessa advocates for thorough research and discussions with care providers to make informed choices that resonate with one’s preferences and circumstances. Practical tools, such as a TENS machine for pain relief and experimentation with different birth positions, can be valuable allies in facilitating labour progress.
As Vanessa’s remarkable story reaches its conclusion, the overarching theme is one of empowerment. Her journey showcases that a positive induction birth experience is achievable through mental strength, proactive decision-making, and collaboration with care providers. Embracing a positive mindset, equipping oneself with knowledge, and acknowledging the uniqueness of each birth experience can pave the way for an empowering journey. Vanessa’s insights remind us that every birth story, even amidst challenges, can radiate positivity and joy.
Stay tuned for part two of Vanessa’s inspiring journey, where she delves into her postpartum experience, sharing invaluable insights and secrets for a fulfilling postpartum phase.
** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.
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Vanessa’s Instagram: @illourabirth
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