Touch Me, Touch Me Not – Labor and Touch

When it comes to childbirth, things can be unpredictable.  Take me, for instance.  I’ve had the pleasure of birthing 4 small humans, and each labor was remarkably different from the others.  I have often said that the only thing predictable about childbirth is that it’s unpredictable.

This isn’t true for every woman of course.  Many women fall into a pattern and have very similar labor experiences from one child to the next.  I’m not one of those women.

When it comes to our approach to birth there are several options.  There’s The Bradley Method, Hypnobirth, Lamaze, and others, all telling you that their principles will guarantee you the best possible outcome for your birth.  Over the years I’ve heard many women say, “I’d like a natural birth but I’m keeping an open mind.”  We keep an “open mind” for the desire or necessity of medications during childbirth, but what about other comfort measures?  We think we know what we want, but sometimes things just get a little… undpredictable