Preparing for Natural Childbirth

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Congratulations! You have decided on your method of childbirth; now it’s time to prepare.

Every woman should start her preparation with a birth plan. Make sure that you will be giving birth in the right environment, with the right caregiver, with adequate support, and with a working knowledge of childbirth and coping techniques.

Natural childbirth is possible in a hospital, but you may also consider using a birth center. Some mothers even give birth at home. Again, it is about finding the right fit for you! If you do use a hospital, make sure you have an open line of communication with your caregiver. Find out what interventions are typical at the hospital you are going to and if you can deliver without them. Certain protocols, such as IV’s and continuous electronic monitoring, may inhibit your ability to move around and hinder some of the techniques you have learned in order to deal with the pain.

Some women elect to bring a midwife or doula with them to help them through labor and delivery. These individuals are trained to help you cope with an un-medicated delivery. It is also important that you select a childbirth educator that is experienced in natural childbirth. Along with your childbirth educator, select the coping techniques that are best for you. Some common coping techniques are breathing exercises and visualization, one-to-one labor support, positioning and movement, hypnosis, massage and touch, hot and cold therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture.

One last word of advice: No matter how well you prepare for this birth, it is possible that you may not have the ideal birth that you imagined. If a natural birth becomes impossible due to complications, it is important not to be disappointed. This is one of the most important moments of your life, and accepting the reality of your own labor may be your greatest strength on that day.

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  1. Avatar of Heather Heather says:

    I am scared. I want to be as natural as possible as I did feel uncomfortable with all of the discussion of medical interventions during my birthing class. However, I think that I need to be honest with myself and understand that somethings may need to happen to ensure health and safety.

  2. Avatar of kimberly kimberly says:

    my husband and i have decided to go the natural way……but since this is my first, i will have the option if so desired. hopefuly i am tough enough to keep it natural

  3. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    I’m still deciding on what is best. I don’t want to be all drugged up when I meet my baby.

  4. Avatar of Dario Dario says:

    She said she wants to go natural

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  6. Avatar of Sara Sara says:

    My first child and I’m planning an all natural birth. I have a high pain tolerance and a strong ability to divert my attention, I’m still a little scared about how things will turn out. I plan on using meditation to keep myself focused on popping my baby out. I just hope everything goes according to plan and I don’t get too worked up when the time actually comes.

  7. Avatar of shelby shelby says:

    I’m going with natural because i believe its healthier for my daughter. Also you get to bond right after!

  8. HAaving my first child naturallly.CAn’t wait to see her little face!!!

  9. Avatar of MrsPearson MrsPearson says:

    I really do feel like it depend on how you take pain. This is my second an my first was natural an 32 minutes im ready!

  10. Avatar of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    I’m on my second child and it’s natural birth too but it’s a little difficult because I have more duties to do with my first baby and he’s so active I can’t alway keep up with him and my pregnancy and my due date is in one in a half week

  11. Avatar of Momof3 Momof3 says:

    This will be my first natural birth and I will take the pain because the pros definitely outweigh the cons. One of them is a shorter labor. I cant wait to meet my babygirl Amari.

  12. I seriously respect the woman that do natural child birth! I know that I would not be able to deal with all the pain.

  13. Avatar of aysha aysha says:

    I hope and pray that I will go for natural child birth. I am scare and its my first baby and most of the time i think about the process of natural child birth. my doctors and nurse are very supportive. My husband is very supportive and encouraging but I am still undecisive to e him with me at the time of delivery or not.

  14. Avatar of AmyC AmyC says:

    Hoping to go natural. My dr, nurses, and husband are very supportive and encouraging

  15. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’m really looking forward to starting BirthWorks classes in a couple of weeks. My midwife, online communities, prenatal yoga and Dancing for Birth classes have also been great resources in preparing for a natural birth. I’ll try to stay adaptable, but I’m optimistic about the birthing experience.

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  17. Avatar of emi285 emi285 says:

    Good luck on the natural births ladies! I planned that for my first child…didn’t happen. I did deliver two out of four "naturally" (without meds), but wow…not easy :)

  18. Avatar of sej518 sej518 says:

    I will be doing the Hypnobabies method. I just got my home study course and started yesterday. I also hired a doula. I am very excited about my natural bith :)

  19. Avatar of Hope Hope says:

    I plan on having a completely natural birth. No medications whatsoever. I have my support and meditation to relieve pain.

  20. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    I want the epidural and not using a doula. I have full faith in my doctor.

  21. Avatar of Anna Anna says:

    I try to keep an open mind. I plan for natural birth, but do not exclude medication. I just don’t want to sleep through the labour and then have the doctor suck my baby out

  22. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    sidenote- i thought doula was spelled doula not duola?
    i hate how hospitals have to monitor so much, home birth is not something i’m interested in and there are no birthing centers near me…. i live inbetween two hospitals so i chose the one with the bigger jetted tub and what seems to have more staff… my last 2 births I was told by staff don’t push (the doctors not here yet) greatest fear being told not to push again, i could care less who catches the baby, just as long as someone is there….

  23. Avatar of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    I am trying to prepare myself to not be disappointed if all doesnt go as planned

  24. Avatar of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    I have to have all C-Sections.

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