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Natural Childbirth

What Is Natural Childbirth?

Natural childbirth is the term used for a woman who gives birth without the aid of pain medication.

What Are the Advantages of Having a Natural Childbirth?

Without medication a woman is able to stay fully alert. Advocates for natural childbirth report that going without pain medication enables the mother to remain in control of her labor and delivery.

Many women report a sense of feeling empowered by natural childbirth.

Women who opt for unmedicated natural childbirth are less likely to have their babies delivered by forceps or vacuum extraction.

What Are the Disadvantage of Having a Natural Childbirth?

Childbirth without medication is full of pain and discomfort. Women who have natural childbirth may tire out quicker. Many first time mothers are unable to anticipate how much pain will have to be endured for an unmedicated childbirth. Some women may find that the alternative methods they have learned to help them through the pain are not sufficient.

How Do I Prepare for a Natural Childbirth?

If you are thinking about having a natural childbirth, it is important that you have your birth plan thoroughly laid out. Make sure that you are surrounded by individuals who fully support your decision and who will be there to aid and help you cope during the labor and delivery process.

If you are giving birth at a hospital, you should find out if you are required to have an IV and electronic monitoring. Many hospitals require this. If you do not want this, you may have to look around for a birth center which is operated by midwives.

Enroll in childbirth education classes. Childbirth education classes will teach you breathing and focusing techniques which can benefit you during your labor. It is important that you learn about the three stages of labor so you are aware of what is happening at all times inside of your body. This is important so you can work with your pain instead of against your pain.

Educate yourself about the medications which are available. You may find a mild shot may help you to relax and do much to speed the laboring process along. You should also know that regardless of your birth plan, many times you can be given an epidural upon request–if you are not too close to delivery.

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