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What is the Fetal ejection reflex?

Women lying on their backs being told to 'Push' is what we are used to seeing on Tv and believe this is how all births need to be.. what if I told you it didn't need to be this way?


You will see several posts on my instagram page @mama_andmoon discussing the importance of the birth enviroment and keeping the space calm. This is due to the eefct of the birth enviroment on the birth hormones, which, if there distured affect labour. If you are able to labour peacefully without intervention or interference, your body will be able to push your baby out on its own.


The fetal ejection reflex is a natural physiological response that occurs during childbirth. It is a reflexive movement of the fetus that helps it to move down the birth canal and eventually be born. The reflex is triggered by the pressure of the baby's head on the cervix, which stimulates the release of hormones that cause the uterus to contract. These contractions then help to push the baby downward, leading to its eventual delivery. Try as you might, you won’t be able to stop it, slow down, wait etc. Things people are often told when the care providers are not ready to receive baby or believe that the speed of things will cause tearing.


When our bodies push out our babies without our help, the babies head (usually) comes out a little, returns inside the body, comes out a little further and then returns again and so on. This means that the tissues of the perineum are stretched just a little at a time and this can prevent tearing as it is gradually stretched more and more each time.


So if you’ve ever looked at someone screaming on the telly as they strain to push their baby out and thought ‘that looks like hard work, don’t think I could manage that!’. Well there’s a good chance you won’t have to, let your body do the work and you just get excited to meet your baby!


To Learn more about how your body works book on to one of my hypnobirthing courses.




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