Friday, December 28, 2012

Creating My Birth Plan

At the beginning of this pregnancy, everyone told me that this one would go by especially quickly. With a two year old, a three year old and all of the major holiday's and birthdays that our family celebrates, this pregnancy has flown by. I'm just a few days away from entering my third trimester so, it's time to start getting ready for this sweet little one! Like I've said before, we've got a lot to do and we've done pretty much nothing! Now that Christmas is over, the organized-gotta have it all together- part of me is starting to come out.

So, I've been dreaming of ways to update Paisley's room.....which will be the new baby's, until the girls later share a room. I'm dreaming of adding little touches of sunny yellow and I'd really love to sew her a blanket. In addition to organizing all of the tiny clothes that Paisley wore, I'm also preparing for the type of birth experience that means so much to me.
Baby Judah and I. You can read his birth story here. 

With Judah and Paisley, I was blessed to have amazing, completely natural deliveries. Both of their deliveries were wonderful experiences and from the bottom of my heart, I believe this wasn't just by chance. For both of their births, I had an amazing midwife who supported me and not only agreed with my natural mindset but, she cheered me on. During labor, she let me eat and drink as much as I wanted so, I could maintain my energy and she let me be completely free from any intervention. With Judah, we took birth classes for 6 weeks and I learned breathing techniques that I couldn't have survived without.
Hours after Paisley was born. Her birth story is here.

As I get closer to meeting this sweet little one, I'm getting excited about her delivery. I know, most women think I'm nuts. Having a baby hurts, I know. It's messy and it's hard. But, when we welcomed Judah and Paisley, those were the two best days of my life and so, why shouldn't I be excited?

When I think about the birth of this little one, there are quite a few things that I'd like to be the same as with my older two. My support people will be my husband and my sister. They are pretty much my favorite people ever and my sister could be a doula if she wanted to so, I'm beyond set with them. In addition to having a midwife and doing the same breathing techniques as before, I'm excited to incorporate aromatherapy into the birth.

Aromatherapy is something that I've believed in for a long time. It's not just for folks who live in tents in the woods. It's for regular people like you and me, who shave our legs and eat meat. Okay, I'm kind of joking about that...well, sort of. What I'm trying to say is that aromatherapy is for anyone, it can even help young children.

And so....I'm really excited to use aromatherapy for relaxing while I'm laboring. About a week ago, I received the most beautifully wrapped care package from the sweet ladies at Nature's Gift. Opening the package was a little like Christmas. Every product was wrapped in beautiful tissue paper and I felt pampered even before I smelled the wonderful products in the Aromatic Birthing Kit. The kit comes with oils that have been proven to help with childbirth and great instructions for those of us who need a little assistance in knowing which oil to use, during which phase of labor.

Using aromatherapy during labor just makes sense to me. If you think about it, a smell can trigger a memory better than anything. Certain scents relax us, while others give us energy. The delicate sense of smell is one that we often ignore, but affects our lives in such a meaningful, emotional and intuitive way that our lives would lose so much pleasure without it. Smell can let us know when something is old, burning or plain off, and it can also let us know when a environment is calming, safe and peaceful. Our nose communicates with our brain on a very subtle level in which we are able to intuitively understand things about the atmosphere and the environment around us without any thought.

Nature's Gift also carries a product called Prenatal Exhaustion, made with a gentle and safe blend of Pink Grapefruit, Coriander and Lavender Essential Oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I've been using this product and it's absolutely wonderful. I've also been using their Baby Bottom Balm as a diaper cream for Paisley and I'm so pleased with it. I wish I would have known about this stuff before I had Judah!

So, tell me---what did you do to prepare for your birth experiences?
Have you ever used aromatherapy and if so, what was your experience with it?
Any words of wisdom?

Feeling excited,


  1. Great post! What a thoughtful gift you got. I also used aromatherapy during natural childbirth and in the months before and after. The essential oils I turned to the most were neroli, jasmine, and of course lavender. Jasmine is just exquisite and can help with labor pain and nervous exhaustion. Neroli is another gorgeous oil that calms and uplifts. Lavender is like a mom itself - it's good at so many different things! Muscle aches, anxiety, headaches, you name it. I feel blessed that I was able to be drug-free, coherent and present for the birth of my daughter. The pain only lasted a few hours, but I have the memory of her birth forever. Best of luck to you!

  2. Hey Angela, great post. So glad you are excited about your littlest one's upcoming birth! I'm sure it will be amazing. I didn't use aromatherapy with my births, but I have used it for daily life. Bath and Body Works has an aromatherapy line that I use for shower gels and hand soaps. I like the "Energy" ones that have citrus oils... they help wake you up! I also have some "Sleep" lotions and body wash with lavender and vanilla to create a calming effect. I have also used a peppermint lotion from Origins to calm anxiety/stress. I would put a dab on my wrist and inhale. :)


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