The Transition Stage in child birth is so perfectly named. A passage from one state to another. The welcoming into motherhood, the entrance into the secret society of being a parent.
During transition I lost it. It was the first time I laid down during labor. I had been counting by three’s during each contraction and I was working through them. Walking around the room in between each one, leaning over the counter and counting during them.
After a few minutes of lying down I started to feel like I was going crazy. I couldn’t remember what I needed to do. I lost my focus which was so important to me. I needed someone to guide me back to my special place. I told my partner that my hair hurt. My attendants told me that I was in Transition and that I was doing great. I told them that my thighs were on fire. Someones soft hands covered my feet in cooling lotion and finally someone asked “this may be an awful idea but a shower might feel good.” I don’t think I have ever moved as fast, almost leaping off the bed to the shower.
During Transition, essential oils may help with grounding or to bring a birthing woman back to herself. Inhaling White Fir can be very powerful. White Fir with its earthy scent connects me with nature, where I feel the most powerful. One of the citrus oils, Wild Orange, Lemon, or the blend Citrus Bliss can also be very powerful. The crisp fragrance of refreshing oranges may uplift the anxiety and mental stress going through a woman during this shot period. The blend Balance may also help a women through this intense moment of her labor.
Other oils to diffuse would be Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile and Frankincense.
Some women during transition feel nauseous. Breathing Peppermint may help.
Basil or Black Pepper with Frankincense may help with the pain. Applying to the abdomen, lower back or thighs.
This is a wonderful site for more information on using essential oils for labor.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Please consult qualified healthcare providers for your own personal advice.