hildbirth has a habit of making new moms a little nervous. And for good reason. The whole process of bringing a new life into the world is both mysterious and a little overwhelming. When worry takes over for an expectant mother, it might leave her feeling ill-prepared for what's about to happen.
Thank goodness for people who've been there and done that.
Like Liz Chalmers, owner of the Puget Sound Birth Center in Seattle, whose new video is making its way around the internet and giving first-time moms everywhere a much-needed sense of relief. In the clip, Chalmers calmly and clearly demonstrates exactly how the birthing process works using two props — a ping-pong ball and a balloon.
Getting the good news about expecting a first baby is always exciting.
It’s almost impossible to tamp down the joy of a mom who’s eagerly awaiting her firstborn. After all, everything is new: the growing baby bump is an adorable novelty, the compliments are rolling in, and getting to eat whatever’s on the menu without worrying about fitting into skinny jeans is practically the stuff dreams are made of.
Without missing a beat, that excitement can soon transform into nervousness.
After the initial enthusiasm settles down a bit, nerves start to set in for many expectant moms. Will she be a good mother? Will her husband be a good dad? Not to mention the the still-to-be-worked-out tasks of diaper-changing, feeding, burping, and sleep training. It can be a bit much when your hormones are riding the pregnancy roller coaster.
But the million-dollar question for most new moms goes something like how in the HECK is that baby is getting out of there?
Every other worry aside, the one that’s top of mind for most soon-to-be moms’ minds is how, exactly, the birth will go. Sure, grabbing the baby books is somewhat helpful, but figuring out how to apply all that advice to a situation you’ve never been in before is another thing entirely. Between birth plans, the search for a good doctor, and figuring out what the heck an epidural actually, it’s not hard to get overwhelmed.
A C-section is always a possibility too.
For most parents, getting a newborn out safely is the most important aspect of birth, but the options for this are two-fold. Depending on whether a new mom is expecting twins or has a high-risk health situation to deal with, a C-section might be in the cards. The bad news with this type of birth is that it means surgery. The good news? That sweet baby is manually extracted by doctors and handed to mom right away.
Chances are though, that baby is making his or her debut the good old-fashioned way.
While natural childbirth doesn’t involve surgery, it does come with its own process and physical demands. The fantastic and frustrating thing about nature’s favorite way of ushering new life into the world is that it looks different for every woman and every baby. So it’s impossible for a new expectant mom to know exactly what her experience will be like.