This is a process of childbirth that happens in a natural way without any intervention of medications like epidural or C-section. It is not easy, but it is possible. It has been the only way until medical interventions were made in recent years.
Natural birth involves no medication, medical interventions like fetal monitoring or episiotomies. This makes room for the woman to express herself and determine what’s best for her.
This does not mean that you do not have anyone to hep you during this process. There are other qualified individuals like midwives and doulas that guide you through childbirth. Midwives are certified to help you along in the childbirth and guide your process.
Doulas, on the other hand, are like labor-assistant, your own cheerleader helping you with any activities that you may undertake during labor.
It is important to note that those with low-risk pregnancies should go for natural birth. If you are risk, you better off under medical supervision and are therefore, advised to consider giving birth in a hospital where extensive medical facilities are available.
Where Is It Done?
Women who opt to got through natural birth are given many support systems so that the process goes on without any complications. Firstly, you do not have to go to a hospital for delivering your baby through natural birth. There are birth centers available where you can go learn more about the facilities provided during childbirth.
Registered nurses, midwives and doulas are there in the birth center to help along the process of delivery. Doulas act as labor assistants and you can be assigned one ahead of your delivery. The midwives keep an eye on the development inside you through a handheld ultrasound device.
You are also free to move around, do whatever you feel like doing when your labor pains start. You can walk around, sit in jacuzzi or in positions you are comfortable like squatting to encourage delivery.
What To Expect During Natural Birth?
The science of delivering and processes leading to it are same during the natural birth or with C-section. The processes of delivery mainly differ. Both of these processes work and are very much suitable for different women depending on their situations.
In a birth center during natural birth, comfort of the pregnant woman is given priority. Different strategies are adopted to relieve the pain being felt by these pregnant women. These may include processes like yoga, meditation, massage, walking, sitting in a jacuzzi or warm water, trying different positions, listening to soothing music or watching relaxing images or videos, hypnobirthing etc.
It depends on you what you choose to do during that time because it really is about your comfort and relaxation. You can choose from these techniques or employ your own methods; whatever floats your boat. The idea is to comfort yourself by focusing your energy elsewhere.
This technique prepares women by teaching how to cope with the pain by making her feel safe. The method employs various processes to improve confidence of the women in what is trying to accomplish and how she can best do it.
The process is explained throughout the delivery to the pregnant women and making sure that she is aware and confident about the procedure. This technique also employs rhythmic breathing exercises that not only help managing pain but also stress during this time.
It not only helps taking the focus off the pain and prospect of delivery but also helps keep you and your baby oxygenated. This technique can be used if you are going through delivery in a hospital as it is neutral towards the means that are used to bring your child into the world. So, this technique can help you regardless of your choice of natural birth or otherwise.
Bradley method focuses on the presence of a birth coach that actively participates in taking you through the process of labor and delivery. The coach can be your husband or an actual birthing coach.
This emphasizes on the process of birth as natural and believes that women should prepare themselves by education along with the support of a partner that is equally involved in the process. This process also teaches women to deal with the stress that their body is feeling, to trust their bodies and to concentrate on things other than pain to be able to deliver.
There are certain trained instructors who can help you with the process and also provide a coaching partner in case your husband is not available.
Natural childbirth is only recommended in case you are low-risk. If you are high-risk, you are advised to go to a hospital. In the case of a low-risk delivery, you generally are safe.
It also means that you should follow recommendations of your coach or instructor. If not properly followed, complications can occur. It is also important to note that you are open to other procedures in case any complications occur. Refusing those procedures can put yours and your child’s life in danger.
What If I Can’t Bear the Labor Pain?
Labor pain can be extreme for some people to bear especially if it is your first child. If you want to do it through natural means without any painkillers, the can can definitely seem a lot worse.
If during the process, you feel that the pain is unbearable and you can’t go through with it, you can switch to painkillers. It is important to keep this in mind because some women might feel like letting themselves or their families down and don’t ay what they feel.
Your courage is not measured by your ability to feel the pain. You should be able to do what your body tells you to do. You should commend yourself for considering natural birth even if you do not get to go through it.
Always remember its your comfort, your life and your child’s life that matters.
How to Prepare for Natural Birth?
Make sure that you see your OB/GYN and consult your situation. If you are high-risk, you will not be recommended to go through natural birth. If everything is normal in your pregnancy, you can consider giving natural birth.
It is important that you find a great support system. You can start by going to birth centers and meeting with birth instructors and doulas who can help you throughout your pregnancy. It can also be your husband, your sister or a friend. The key is to find the right support.
In order to prepare yourself for delivery, consult your coach, midwife, read books and do research so that you are not caught off guard on the day of delivery. It is a long process and you should be prepared for every stage.
You can also take classes that prepare you for birth and childcare which will also make you confident in the process you re about to undergo.
It is also important that you are prepared mentally to go though the stress and pain that this process causes. It is necessary that you learn to listen to your body and what it wants. Look for techniques that can help you handle your stress during delivery.
What If Natural Birth Is Not For Me?
Human bodies are different in their make-up and our abilities to withstand pain. Additionally, there might be certain conditions that might hinder your progress in natural birth. If you are not able to go through childbirth without using painkillers or epidural, it is not a sign of lack of courage.
One should only do as much as our body allows. You are still going to be a fantastic mother regardless of using or not using epidural. What matters is having a choice of going through or not going through natural birth. You should be ready to change your mind if any complications arise.
I hope this article gives you enough information about childbirth to make you go and see your OB/GYN and decide what’s best for you with proper advice.