Like all forces of nature, birth can be unpredictable.

It's possible that an intervention becomes part of your birth story. We believe it's really important that you understand what those interventions are, so that if they come up you can confidently make decisions about them with your care team. Some of the interventions we discuss are rare, while others are more common.

I'll also share some ideas about how to maintain an empowering birth experience, even if you end up with an intervention that you did not originally intend.

Lesson 5: How to handle interventions with ease

Additional reading for this lesson—

  1. Planning an epidural? Here are 4 ways to have the best experience possible
  2. 7 ways to increase your chances of having a vaginal birth

Meditations for relaxation + meditation before + during birth—

Visualization mp3

Read our book!

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book women have been asking for. Inspired by our community and written by Diana Spalding (our midwife, who teaches this birth class), this book will guide you through every aspect of this journey with warmth and love.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama

You can order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer:

Your birth class lessons—

Lesson 1: How your body in labor + the birth process works

Lesson 2: What happens when labor begins?

Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

Lesson 4: Your coping skills for labor + delivery (you've got this)

Lesson 5: How to handle interventions with ease

Lesson 6: Owning your birth preferences + dealing with fear

Lesson 7: How to rock your postpartum

Pregnancy + birth podcast:

Listen to Becoming Mama™: A Pregnancy and Birth Podcast by Motherly

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Another week has come and gone—and while there's still a chill in the air and (quite possibly), January is finally coming to an end. How did your first month of the new decade go, Mama?

It's okay if 2020 hasn't been your year so far, because there are still 11 months left to go to make 2020 the #yearofthemother in your own life. If your New Year's resolution is already old news, set a new goal for yourself and catch up on some of the new stories taking over the internet.

Here's what went viral in the world of parenthood this week.

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