January 22, 2008 § 1 Comment
When you’re in labor, one of your trusted allies will always be your voice (that, and movement). Vocalizing during labor is a great way to keep yourself away from drugs and other interventions. By the time you feel like vocalizing, you’re also past the point of modesty and you may never know how soft or how loud you actually were- so don’t worry about that. During my labor with bilingual baby, I vocalized, but I kept to long low tones of open vowels: aaah, oh.
A friend of mine told me that when she was in labor, she sang. I had seen videos of birthing women who sounded like tigers and sheep but hadn’t seen anyone actually sing- and have contractions at the same time… until stumbling upon the video below from the Bellies and Babies blog.
I don’t think you have to have a voice like hers (nor think you have a voice like hers) to want to sing during labor. What I’m saying is, if you’re moved to do it, DO IT