By Medicover Hospitals / 18 Feb 2022
When it comes to welcoming your baby, natural childbirth is every doctor’s first advice. With natural childbirth, the mother is in control of her body with the help of a labour assistant who gently guides and supports her through the stages of labour. However, no matter whether you welcome a child through natural birth or a C-section, you are a superhero bringing life on earth.
If you don't want to take any medicines or are not suffering from any medical condition, then a 'natural birth' may be the best option for you. But what does it really mean?
Learn about the benefits and risks of giving birth without pain medication so you can make an informed decision about your labour and delivery plan.
Natural birth usually refers to a vaginal birth without the use of pain medication or other medical procedures; it can include a variety of choices, from the doctor you choose to the pain treatment you use.
Many mothers who choose an unmedicated delivery enjoy learning what their bodies are capable of without the use of medication. If you choose to go with this plan, you accept the chances of pain and discomfort as part of giving birth. But with the right preparation and support, women often feel empowered and satisfied with natural childbirth.
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Natural childbirth is generally considered to be very safe. It gets problematic, though, when a woman ignores her health care provider's advice or refuses medical intervention if things don't go as planned. If issues arise, it's important for you and your baby's health to consider alternate options. Refusing medical treatment in an emergency could risk your’s and your baby's life.
Once you've decided to give birth naturally, you must actively prepare for it. What's the most effective technique to get ready for a natural birth?
Make sure you're well-informed. Follow these guidelines to have a successful "natural birth" plan with minimal interventions before going into labour.
With or without medical aid, giving birth is a beautiful and joyful process. You should be commended for your willingness and enthusiasm for attempting a natural delivery.
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What is natural birth?
Benefits of natural birth
Here are few other benefits to consider:
- Sense of accomplishment for the mother
- Faster recovery postpartum
- Intense oxytocin rush after birth
- Lower chances of tearing
- Shorter time pushing
- Lower chance of risky interventions
- Baby born alert and drug-free
Other added advantages of natural birth you must know:
- You may be able to get out of bed and walk sooner. Walking can help you heal faster and avoid constipation (a common post-birth ailment)
- Most natural childbirth techniques are not invasive, there is little risk of harm to you or your baby
- There's no loss of sensation or alertness. You can freely find positions that are comfortable for you during labour
- Breathing exercises, visualisation, and self-hypnosis can be used both during and after childbirth.
Risks of natural birth
How to prepare for a natural birth?
- Talk to your practitioner and make sure your care team agrees with your decision.
- Choose a doula (supporting caretaker): While your OB/GYN’s job is to get your baby delivered in a healthy, safe manner, a doula (supportive caregiver) is your personal booster and you may need the extra help as the pushing becomes more intense.
- Have a birth plan: Your doula will discuss the birth plan during your pregnancy, and when you're in labour she'll work with you to execute it.
- Educate yourself about childbirth and techniques. You wouldn't take an exam without studying, so you should read up on natural birth and talk to relatives and friends who have experienced it.