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

This show is also known as "Educated Birthing"!

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Julie Robbins is a Prenatal massage specialist.
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Dr. Peter Beller is the Medical Director of the Women's Ambulatory Health Services at Hartford Hospital.
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Barbara Fasulo is the Coordinator of the Center for Integrative Medicine at St. Francis, and a hypnobirth educator.
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Lillian Siegel is a Certified Nurse Midwife at Birth & Beyond in Madison; She is also a prenatal yoga teacher at Breathing Room.
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Prenatal Massage, Hypnobirthing, And Other Ways To Manage Having A Baby
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Prenatal Massage, Hypnobirthing, And Other Ways To Manage Having A Baby

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.

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.

You can join the conversation. E-mail or tweet us @wnprcolin.




I was waiting in the queue to comment on the air but you ran out of time. Here are my comments in written format, instead.

You can add me to the list of satisfied Birth & Beyond clients. We have two children. Our first was born at Manchester Memorial Hospital, where I birthed our baby with the support of a doula and under the care of a midwife. We experienced a relatively low-pain, unmedicated water birth, but still felt like we had to fight the system (working under hospital protocol).

We had no complications with the first pregnancy or birth and so we decided to have a home birth for number two. I am responding to the question that you said is often asked about "why would anyone choose to birth at home" when we hear stories like the one we heard on the air about narrowly avoiding death due to hemorrhage, etc.

We specifically chose to birth at home because the statistics being what they are, we know that we have a 33% chance of having a C-Section in the hospital. Given that not every birth goes as smoothly as my first one did, we felt that we would be testing our luck to go through the hospital system again.

Interestingly enough, I ended up having premature rupture of membranes, two full days of on-and-off labor that just didn't want to get going, and a baby born with a twice-looped cord around her neck who needed to have assistance with starting her first breath (don't worry - she's doing great). I believe that the gentle management of the midwives who attended my baby's birth helped me to avoid the typical interventions that most likely would have been used at the hospital. We avoided Pitocin augmentation, the use of an IV during labor, antibiotics, induction of labor, and ultimately a C-Section. While this birth was not the "pain-free" and easy birth experience people often hope for as the ultimate birth experience, it was real, honest, gentle, respectful of and responsive to my needs and ultimately, resulted in the natural birth of a healthy baby girl. Based on similar stories that I have heard, I believe that my choice to birth at home helped me avoid the major surgery that would have likely doubled my recovery time post-partum.

Thank you for allowing me to comment.


Hi mark.... thanks for taking my call earlier.

I just wanted to finish in that the important part of my birth story is that we assembled a different team for our second birth that was led by a midwife. The experience was entirely different than the experience with the c-section in Boston. Our midwifes were there through the entire labor experience, they talked to us on the phone from home and then met us in the hospital when we got there. They stayed through the whole thing and worked with me and my husband the whole time. We did have a successful VBAC and it was an amazing experience that i am still proud of and relieved our stress from the fist birth.

Thanks for a great conversation today.