Though there are many safe drugs to make the process of childbirth less painful, natural childbirth is an option for women who desire to minimize medications and enjoy the experience of natural labor and delivery.
Natural childbirth is defined as a birth that attempts to minimize the intervention of modern medicine, including the use of medications and/or surgical procedures. Experts who believe that natural childbirth is beneficial to both the mother and child feel that anesthetics may increase the possibility of complications during birth due to the fact that the woman may not be capable of pushing properly during the final stages of delivery.
Here are a few facts about natural childbirth.
- Natural childbirth often promotes a healthier delivery. Natural childbirth promotes a healthier delivery overall because it eliminates the risks associated with cesarean sections and possible side effects from certain medications.
- Lamaze can help with breathing and relaxation during natural childbirth-Lamaze is a technique that is designed to help women who choose to deliver via natural childbirth and provides direction in breathing and relaxation. Regular classes are given at local hospitals or clinics or now can be taken virtually due to COVID. The father of the child is usually present for each class in order to provide support for the mother. In most cases, the father of the child will also be in the delivery room, which is why it is so important that he also be present to help learn how to coach the mother on breathing and relaxation exercises,
- Natural childbirth often leaves the mother empowered and alert. Though not all physicians believe that natural childbirth is a positive experience, noting the pain involved as being difficult for the mother. Others believe that it is beneficial as the process of natural childbirth leaves the new mother feeling empowered and also allows her to be alert as the child is brought into the world and placed in her arms.
Depending on the expectant mother’s overall health, certain medical interventions may often be required in order to ensure successful and safe childbirth. Whether or not natural childbirth is an option will be assessed by the physician and the expectant mother. Unless it is a matter of life and death or extreme concern as to the health of the mother or child, the choice will ultimately be left up to the mother as she will have the final say in the delivery method.
It is advisable, however, that women listen to their physician and carefully consider his/her recommendations. Prior to deciding either for or against natural childbirth, the expectant mother must consult a licensed physician for proper diagnosis and a recommendation.
Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…