What Are the Advantages of Natural Childbirth?
The many advantages of natural childbirth
Natural methods of childbirth empower you! You are in control of your body
throughout the birth process.
The feeling of accomplishment after the birth of your baby will remain with
you long after the pain and discomfort have been forgotten. In fact many mums
opt for natural methods of childbirth for their second and even third babies.
If you're partner has decided that they want to be a part in the birth
process, you can both be involved in the process which will create a stronger
bond between you.
You'll be alert and able to witness your baby's arrival in the world without
being in a drug induced haze. You'll also be able to co-operate fully with your
doctor or midwife when they instruct you in your breathing and when to push
One of the most important advantages of natural childbirth is you'll be
totally drug free. Some medications used during the birth process for example
opioids may cause side effects like vomiting while epidurals may cause an
extended labour and may also produce a need for intervention during delivery.
However, do find out about these options before time as you may change your
mind and require pain relief (many mums do). This is important especially if the
labour is a prolonged one. Knowing about birth medications in advance will
simplify your choice and give you peace of mind.
Epidural vs natural childbirth
Now natural childbirth may not suit everyone. If you have a low pain
threshold or you feel you won't be able to cope in any way, don't feel guilty
about opting for an epidural. There won't be any advantages of natural
childbirth if you're struggling with the pain, not prepared properly, or if
you're doing it because you feel it's expected of you. It's your body and
only you can decide which method of childbirth you want to experience.
There may also be medical reasons why natural methods of childbirth are not
suitable for you. Always listen to your doctor.
Natural childbirth breathing techniques
Probably the most important of all, natural childbirth breathing techniques
need to be learned and practiced long before your baby is due. Make them second
nature and you'll be able to perform them almost without thinking. These
wonderful relaxation tools will also come in handy after your baby is born, to
cope with any post partum discomfort and any stress you'll be sure to encounter
after your baby arrives ;-)
Abdominal breathing - This breathing exercise concentrates on using the
diaphragm muscle instead of the chest muscles to increase the size of the lung
cavity thus providing more oxygen with each breath. It's best practiced slowly
while sitting on a reclining chair or propped up with pillows. Breathe deeply
and slowly, placing your hands on your abdomen so you can feel it rise and fall.
Relax all your muscles and concentrate on only the abdominal muscle to control
There is another relatively new pain management
method called 'HypnoBirthingT' which is wonderful for relaxation.
Natural childbirth classes
Natural childbirth classes are a great idea so find a class in your area and
start attending. You'll learn invaluable tips for natural childbirth as well as
meeting mums like yourself. Who knows? You could make a few friends in the
process! Childbirth classes are available in hospitals which can teach you pain
management techniques or you may prefer to learn about the Lamaze or Bradley
method, both of which stress the advantages of natural childbirth.
For those mums unable to access a class, there are online childbirth classes
Is natural childbirth easier with the
Happily the answer is "yes it is" This is because you know exactly what to
expect and can prepare better. Also your body has already experienced this once
and will be physically able deal with it better the second time around.
Unassisted natural childbirth
It's much better to have a labour coach or labour partner helping you. If any
complications occur, they will be able to summon medical aid quickly. If you're
giving birth in a hospital you may call on a 'doula' who will help you through
the process by supporting you through relaxation and breathing techniques.
Doulas don't intervene in the actual birth process, but can be very supportive.
There are many advantages to natural childbirth but make sure you have a plan
and medical assistance nearby in case the process becomes too arduous. If your
finding the pain getting out of control, it's not too late to change your mind.
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