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Natural Birth Labor Tips From Moms Who Know (1)

Natural Birth Labor Tips From Moms Who Know (1)

Surround yourself with positivity
"Avoid books that put the fear of birth into you, and definitely don't read all the horror stories on the internet," says Mckenzie Mangus, 32, from Santa Cruz, Calif., who gave birth to her son Tatum at home last summer. Instead, she recommends picking up a copy of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Birthing From Within or The Pregnancy Journal. ""I also surrounded myself with supportive girlfriends, many of whom had home births,"" she adds. Before she gave birth, Mangus's closest friends threw her a Blessing Way ceremony—where they all gathered in a circle to share stories, songs and wishes for the mom-to-be and presented her with special beads and hand-made prayer flags for the big day. "I gave birth to my 9-pound son out on my patio surrounded by candles and those mom-made flags, which reminded me of how powerful my friends were," she remembers. "Now I feel like I could conquer anything!"

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