Natural Childbirth – What You Need to Know

by Mama Chocolate on November 29, 2012

Natural Childbirth – What You Need to Know

Are you pregnant and trying to decide whether you want to go for a natural childbirth? Are you afraid that you might not be able to take it? Well, you’re not alone.

Natural childbirth may not sound too inviting and it could make you feel paranoid, but there are many benefits for both the mother and the baby.

Here are a few good reasons as to why you should give it a try:

 • It’s good and healthy for your baby

• You get to experience labor

• It’s less risky for both the mother and the baby

• You have a faster recovery

• It helps you get better at working with your body

• It’s an enjoyable experience that boosts your confidence

 

Now that you know the why, let’s look into a few things that you should keep in mind when and if you choose to go for natural childbirth…

#1: Choose a Place: It’s crucial that you select a place that you’ll be comfortable at and one that supports normal birth. Whether it’s a hospital or your own home, see to it that you’re not taking any chances.

#2: Have a Birth Plan: Knowing beforehand how your labor will work out and how you’re going to handle it helps. For example, you may want your family and friends to stop by during the labor – you could add this to your birth plan. Writing it all down makes it easy for you to focus and lets the medical staff know about your needs.

#3: Hire a Professional: Childbirth is a special occasion, which is why you need consistent physical and emotional support during it. Consider hiring a midwife or a doula, so that you and your partner get the support you need. Besides that, it also reduces the chances of injury during birth (in case of an accident, you should consider contacting a Child Injury Firm and speak with a lawyer).

#4: Relax As Much as You Can: It’s not easy when you feel those first contractions but try to relax by taking deep, calm breaths. If you become tense, it’ll only make you anxious, which is not healthy for the baby.

#5: Move Freely During Labor: In order to make your labor more comfortable and to ensure that it progresses swiftly, plan to move around freely during it. It also allows for the baby to move through your birth canal without much problem. You can try anything from walking to slow dancing – whatever works for you.

 

Finally, understand that giving birth naturally is not an easy process, but that’s exactly why it’s called “labor”. So instead of dreading the experience, look forward to it – it will change your life for the better.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianna Thomas November 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

I had natural childbirth with 3 of the 4 kids– La Maz and La Boyer– I loved it– one was at home– great review– if one is looking into this they really need to know their self very well–and there are risks but the benefits out weigh them greatly–Thanks for the update

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LWilder November 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

I have to say I disagree with some of these points. I did natural childbirth last year. I took a class, hired a doula, labored at home for a long time & did it. I was even “looking forward” to the whole experience. However, I had a very long, painful labor. I also had a very long & painful recovery. I didn’t get the “all clear” from the Dr. until my babe was about 11 weeks & still didn’t feel like myself physically until he was about 14 weeks. Also, it was a most unpleasant experience and I did not feel that confidence afterwards, I felt really dumb for doing it.

I know lots of women who have had great natural childbirth experiences & many who advocate it but I also want women to know that it’s probably not for everyone & some of us have done it & did not like it. I felt really bad about the whole thing because so many people had been so encouraging beforehand & telling me it “wasn’t as bad as you think”. It was worse. It’s ok if natural is not for you! I think feeling guilty about the process of birth is a terrible thing to feel. Regardless of how your babe gets here you worked hard & you should be proud!

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Shae December 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

LWilder, I think I split the difference between you and the author of this blog. My first (and only baby) was a natural homebirth, and it was, well, brutal. My midwife, who has attended hundreds of births, said it was in the top 5 hardest labors she’s seen that didn’t require eventual intervention. And my recovery was long as well–I got a nasty PUPPPS rash, ended up with two weeks bedrest, and it took 6 months to feel like I can really carry my own weight on our farm.

But here’s where we differ–I DO feel like my self-confidence has been boosted by the experience. Plus, when I look at what the experience could have been like in the hospital (for my birth specifically, not for all hard at-home labors by any means!) I’m so glad we were at home. I expected to feel like I had accomplished something with my homebirth, and I’ll be honest and say that’s not really how it feels. But I do feel like I endured something, and I’m proud and surprised by my body’s capabilities. I’m sorry that you didn’t feel empowered by the process. I’m glad you’re sharing your perspective though, because it seems important for moms-to-be to see the whole range of feelings about all types of birth!

I also wanted to add that #3 was by far the most important for me–I could not have had the natural, at home birth that I wanted without the support of an AMAZING midwife to guide me, my husband, and my mom through the process of my difficult labor. So often my husband worried that things were not “all right” because he hates to see me in pain–but she was right there to keep him encouraging me.

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