Guide to Natural Childbirth

When choosing to go for natural childbirth, there are a lot of topics you can consider, choices you have and decisions you can make. In my eyes, it is absolutely essential to educate yourself about possibilities you have. This is the first step of having the birthing journey you desire.

Thanks to Robin Elise Weiss on verywell.com for the original article! The following is an excerpt of her publicatıon.

 

Your Choice of Practitioner

Who you choose to attend you in labor is a very important decision when considering a natural birth. You want to find a doctor or midwife who is open to natural childbirth techniques, but beyond tolerating these techniques, you want people who will actively encourage and suggest them during labor. When interviewing possible providers, start by asking questions about previous clients, natural birth experience, and primary cesarean rates.

 

Where You Give Birth Matters

You have three main choices when deciding where you want to give birth:

  • Hospital

  • Birth Center

  • Home Birth

Preparation for Childbirth

There are a plethora of childbirth classes available to help you prepare for your upcoming childbirth. These classes include:

  • Lamaze

  • Bradley

  • ICEA

  • Birthing From Within 

  • CAPPA 

  • Hypnobirthing

  • 8 Things That Hurt Worse Than Childbirth

In childbirth class, you will learn a lot of the things that you can do to prepare your body for labor. You will learn about relaxation, labor support and how to manage contractions. You will also learn about breastfeeding, common interventions in laboras well as pain medications, c-sections, and even vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

 

Natural Childbirth Labor Support

Having someone there to support you helps you feel loved and cared for during your labor and birth. But it can also give you some added help when it comes to managing pain and feeling more comfortable. You can have your family, friends and loved ones support you.

Many women use birth doulas to help them in labor. Using a doula can reduce your need for pain medication, make labor shorter and more comfortable and provide a whole host of other benefits. A doula doesn't replace your family, she brings only her knowledge and skill sets to help you all cope with labor. You define her role.

 

Positions for Labor

Movement in labor is important. Rocking, swaying, walking and other movements all help you deal with the pain of contractions. Learning about how different positions and various movements will help guide your labor by making it faster, easing a back ache, slowing it down, etc. is key to comfort. This is often taught in childbirth classes, make sure the one you take covers it.

 

Physical Remedies for Pain

There are also lots of ways to cope with discomforts in labor by using physical methods. Some of these just come naturally and some are employed by your doula or taught in a childbirth class. Here are some of the more common techniques for pain relief in labor:

  • Heat Therapy with a Rice Sock

  • Cold Therapy

  • 10 Ways to Comfort a Laboring Woman

  • Managing Back Labor

  • Ways to Cope with Labor

  • Music in Labor

Relaxation and Breathing

Relaxation and breathing are somethings that many people think about when it comes to labor and delivery. They are certainly something taught in many childbirth classes.

There are so many techniques, that even if you don't like some, there are others to try.

Find the original article form very well.com here. Check out also the other articles on pregnancy on verywell.com. They have a great collection on interesting topics.

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