Choosing Natural Childbirth

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Women choose natural childbirth for many reasons. Both the advantages and disadvantages of natural childbirth are outlined below to help you decide if natural childbirth is the best choice for you.

Advantages

  • Natural childbirth techniques are not invasive and are un-medicated. There is little potential for harm or side effects.
  • Empowerment. Many women feel a strong sense of empowerment after giving birth naturally.
  • You are in control. There is no loss of sensation or alertness since you are un-medicated. You will be awake and alert, therefore you can move around during labor and select the position you would like to be in during delivery.
  • Partnership. It will build the bond between you and your partner as you work together to get through the pain.
  • Mobility. You will not be hooked up to a monitor or IV, which means you can get up and walk around, shower, and use the restroom.
  • Reduction in need for vacuum extraction or forceps delivery, bladder catherization, or use of Pitocin.
  • Relaxation techniques can be useful in other life events. Breathing, visualization, and self-hypnosis can be practiced and used again later, for example, in the early days of breast-feeding, coping with postpartum discomfort, or stress.

Disadvantages

  • These techniques do not fully eliminate pain. If you do not deal well with pain, or if you have a complicated delivery, an epidural might be the answer for you.

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Remember, no matter what you decide, the best choice is the childbirth method both you and partner feel most comfortable with!

 

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  1. My first two kiddos I had naturally. My 3rd I got the epidural, that was the longest I’ve ever been in labor!!! Not to mention it made my blood pressure go really low. I was about to pass out.
    With this pragnancy I plan on doing it naturally again. Yes the contractions hurt, but when you start pushing it gets better.
    Good luck to all you wonderful ladies. ;)

  2. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I had to have the epidural I couldn’t focus the pain was so bad. I had my son when I was 17 and he was 11 pounds that was too much to handle with no meds.

  3. I’ve tried with both my vbacs but found myself giving into epidural which turned out to be a lifesaver and seemed to make labor go by faster since I’m already a slow dialator.

  4. Avatar of Nat Nat says:

    i second what christina says natural is the way to go but the IV sure helps especially if your like me and throw up during labor!

  5. Avatar of Christina Christina says:

    I really enjoy the all natural way, really gives you a rush and to feel the burn and your baby coming into the world. It is a nice feeling. I only like to have an iv ran because it makes me feel refreshed

  6. I wanted to do it the natural way unfortunately there were some problems and I had to get a C-Section. I was scared of a C-Section but it turned out to be easier and better than I thought.

  7. This is my second and I am doing it naturally….bring on the pain..lol.

  8. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    This is my first baby, I hope I can cope well with the pain. It will all be worth it in the end :)

  9. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    Natural if no c-section

  10. Avatar of Neshea Neshea says:

    I’m a first time mom I pray that I can have natural birth & tolerate the pain. may god be with me on my journey. <3

  11. Avatar of Jasmine Jasmine says:

    Im hoping I can tolerate the pain of a natural birth and that there are no complcatons. hopefully all the information and reading will pay off and m well prepared for what ever may come.

  12. Avatar of Asia Asia says:

    I plan to have a natural birth just as i did with my other children

  13. Avatar of MissTK MissTK says:

    My plan is to go natural.. I am hoping it all goes as planned. But I will keep an open mind because.. you just never know :P

  14. Avatar of IvyVillani IvyVillani says:

    This is my first and Im going to go for natural…kind of scary, but then again so is being a parent.

  15. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I want go all natural for my son I did with my 9yr old hope this time is alot easier

  16. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I went natural with my daughter 9yrs ago I’m preparing my self mentally and emotionally for my son now I’m afraid just don’t know what to do

  17. I have wanted an epidural since I found out I was pregnant, but seeing different ways to deal with pain, now I am just not sure.

  18. Avatar of HappyBaby HappyBaby says:

    I’m a first time mom, and gave birth through using hypnobirthing techniques in October. I was lucky though and my labor was a total of 4.5 hours long with only about 40 minutes of that in the hospital. My husband was a huge help. Couldn’t have had a more positive experience and glad I went the natural childbirth route. I think preparation via child care classes and practicing techniques did it for me, not to mention the relatively short labor didn’t hurt.

  19. Avatar of AmyC AmyC says:

    Hoping to go natural, but I know thing don’t always proceed as planned

  20. Avatar of Nada Nada says:

    god willing… i’ll deliver my boy by Natural Childbirth… i have so many friends they make it by the caesarean Surgery,but they was complaining for a months after that from many things….!!!

  21. Avatar of TiffAndHarry TiffAndHarry says:

    Hoping to go natural this time around. I feel pretty educated on childbirth so I really see it happening :-)

  22. Avatar of emi285 emi285 says:

    When I was 16 I had my first son. I took LaMaze and planned on a natural childbirth. It didn’t turn out that way, but I gave it my all. I have had four children (pregnant with number 5 now) and I have had two with epidurals and two without. It is not easy…it can be done, but I loved my epidurals lol

  23. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    I am getting an epidural. I still feel like I will be in control to an extent. I don’t see where partnership comes into play here, he won’t be sharing any of the pain so working together to get through it seems like it might just piss me off.

  24. Avatar of atothedbly atothedbly says:

    I definitely think that labor is worse than the birth itself… I had a natural birth with no epidural and I am planning on doing it again here in a couple of months! The feeling of accomplishment afterward when you have that little baby in your arms is the best feeling in the world!

  25. Avatar of Heather Heather says:

    I am pregnant with my fifth child and I am sorry to say I can’t do it without pain meds. but I have a low tolerance for pain. I praise those that can do it but it’s not for me

    • Avatar of Juwanna Juwanna says:

      Well I have 3 children I had all natural an plan on going natural this time I have yoynger cousin they all choose epidural but they all was in labor longer its like it slows the show down

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