In part two of our three part “What I Wish I Would Have Known” series, we’re talking about all of the things you wish someone would’ve told you about BIRTH! Here’s what you can expect to hear in this episode:

  • Why it’s so important to prepare to feel unprepared when it comes to giving birth
  • The only two promises that the Birth Kweens can make about giving birth
  • The importance of getting educated and being invested in your birth while also remaining flexible and open about how your baby needs to be born
  • Why you should consider keeping your exact due date to yourself instead of shouting it from the rooftops
  • Basic info about water breaking (including some common misconceptions)
  • How labor doesn’t always proceed in a linear fashion, and why this matters
  • Normal signs of labor progress, including shaking, nausea, and vomiting
  • Nuchal cords (aka – cord wrapped around baby’s neck)
  • The different kinds of heart rate decelerations that can occur in labor, a basic explanation of what they mean, and what you can do when this happens
  • What babies usually look like right after they’re born
  • Some important things to know about the pushing phase of labor
  • Tips for preventing tearing during a vaginal delivery
  • The sensations that people frequently report feeling during labor
  • Things you can expect with a cesarean birth
  • What it’s like to give birth to the placenta
  • Uterine massage (aka – fundal massage) – what it is and how to cope with it
  • Some tips on making decisions regarding interventions during labor (including a reminder to always use your B.R.A.I.N.)
  • A few quotes from parents about their birth experience and how it shaped them

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