It is blessing when a mother can bear a normal baby without needing to do such kind of surgery. Basically, a natural childbirth is when a mother can maintain the body to support her during pushing stage. It is also has a lot of advantages for having natural way in bearing the baby. In fact, it will suit you as the mother to remain in control your own body. Moreover, you need to be active during your labor or pushing stage, so you need to have minimal routine such as regular electronic monitoring to know the condition of your baby.
As many medical practitioners suggested, you need to get right preparation and support before deciding to bear down the baby. This will empower mother herself and feel satisfied about her natural childbirth. There are a lot of benefits as you go with this way. The advantages as the pros of this way are, there is less harm or side effects of the baby because most of the natural techniques are quite non-invasive. Therefore, be grateful with this. Second, it can lead to the later decision when you are about to give a birth for the second, third, or forth time. As this natural way has less effect, it will encourage women to do this natural way again because deep inside their hearts, they feel satisfied during the stage and after bearing down the baby. Then, during labor stage, you are freely to set your own comfortable position. If you remain the position, this will help you push your baby out easily. In other words, there is no loss of sensation during your pushing or labor stage.
During this phase or stage, your partner can be involved, so you will feel less pain or you can easily manage the pain because there is someone beside you. The other advantages of having natural childbirth you get directly are from your breathing exercises, self-hypnosis, and visualization during the labor stage. These will be benefits later whenever you are about to have breastfeeding stage as well as when you experience postpartum discomfort or during the times when you are taking care of your new-born baby.
Disadvantages of Taking No Drugs
If you have no strong epidural, it seems that natural pain-reduction won’t eliminate the pain itself. Therefore, if you feel like you are not interested in feeling the pain, you will be grateful for having your current epidural. Indeed, natural childbirth way does not offer pain management, so in the end you are probably feel a prolonged or complicated labor which needs your attentions and a lot of interventions.
Preparing for Natural Childbirth
If you decided to bear down your baby through natural way, obviously you will need a lot of preparations. First thing first, you can start by having a supportive caring and supportive birth environment. This will have an impact during your maternity phase. Then, you will need to have a birth plan to ensure that you have a good support. Also, you need to educate yourself about what exactly natural childbirth is and you need to learn the techniques.
It is okay for you to get into a drug-free hospital, or in another word, you can go to a traditional hospital to prevent for taking drug. However, as an alternative, it will be better for you to set your own hospital setting. You can go to a birth center or your own home to be set as a hospital. Birth center tends to have a natural way which allows you to have natural childbirth. Besides, this setting has family-centered experience, so you automatically feel the atmosphere like you are at home.
Meanwhile, if you have a plan to have a natural childbirth in a traditional hospital, you had better to consult about what exactly your wishes and your goal. Talk and discuss this matter with your caregiver, so later you will find out about the proper interventions especially about the routine you are about to do regularly. Such interventions like having an IV and also continuous electronic monitoring are important to discuss. In addition, you need to figure out about how to handle the pain without having any medication though it sounds impossible.
For your information, a lot of women decided to choose a midwife to guide them how to have a natural childbirth. At least, midwives are designed and trained to help the women for having natural techniques and also a drug-free labor stage. They will also stand by your side unlike the doctors who may not stand by you all the time during labor time. Midwife needs to be your later consideration as well.
Then, if you decide to give a birth in hospital, you need a nurse to take care of yourself. Ask the staff, so you can get the nurses who are set, trained and also has a proper skill in natural coping techniques because usually in the hospital, you cannot tell which nurses are going to take care of you due to their shifts and work-hours. To prevent this or if your practitioners cannot always be there for you during the labor, you had better hire a caregiver to stand by your side and coach you if she is skilled enough to do it. Therefore, there are still some alternatives to have a natural childbirth though you are planning to give a birth in a hospital. But, still, you need to determine and decide the interventions and the things you need during the stage.
Another important point is that by looking for a childbirth educator who has a background in natural childbirth education, or who has a focus on this matter. This person can teach you the coping techniques and you will soon understand what to expect during the stage. Your understanding will make you appreciate and work your body which is good during each labor stage. This will have an impact when your bear down process as you will know what you should exactly do to manage and deal with the pain caused by the natural process.
In addition to this, you need to learn as much as possible about how to control and manage the pain naturally without needing to take any kind of medication. Usually, tension and fear coming from yourself can cause higher feeling of pain. Any kind of anxiety will also do. For that, it is important to limit your negative feeling because the high level of stress can lead to some bad effects to your body such as uterus’s ability. Note that you need to learn how to control your stress to limit the bad impact towards yourself since having a natural childbirth is not difficult, yet it is not easy as well.
Well, if you decide to have a natural childbirth, please keep on your mind that no matter you have prepared yourself, there will always be a possibility about having a curveball. Whether or not, you may need such kind of medical interventions if you feel that it is difficult to control your pain naturally, or the labor may take much time and more painful than you have thought before. Any kind of anticipation may not work this time. So, it is important for you to have your own strength. You need to have a great will to deal with the labor pain. At least, this will help you avoid any kind of disappointment about your birth experience. Indeed, there are no exact rules about natural delivery, but there are a lot of coping methods you need to learn before.
Though you have prepared yourself to deal with the labor stage, it is important for you to have someone who will always be by your side. This will have an effect in your emotional reassurance. Not to mention that this will help you feel comfortable during the process of the natural childbirth. Also, this will help you in controlling the pain existed during the labor stage. Therefore, you won’t take any medication or drugs. It is proven that those women who continuously supported by someone can reduce the pain during the labor stage. Comparing to those who are not professionally supported, it will be hard to pass through a C-section.
Breathing Exercise & Visualization
Usually, natural childbirth will need your attention in breathing exercise and visualization techniques. Your medical practitioners may give specific patterns of breathing to practice. They also coach you on how to use visualization or imagine a place which can comfort you during the labor stage. For instance, you can think about your favorite place in order to reduce the pain. You also need to learn some techniques include progressive or controlled relaxation which allows you to release the tension. This is done by zeroing certain muscle then you need to tighten it up to let it go until you feel that it suddenly loses. It will be a plus point if you have ever studied yoga, meditation, or a martial art. This study will help you to practice the breathing pattern which you will pass through your birth process.
Imagining a beautiful place or have a soothing music will totally help you relax. This will deal with your contractions management. Furthermore, the study of yoga, meditation, or martial art will decreases the pain and the stress during your labor stage. That is why this will increase the satisfaction of the natural childbirth experience you are going to pass through.
Positioning & Movement
If you take no medication or drug in your natural childbirth process, you can try several positions during your labor stage. It includes standing position or leaning on your partner, kneeling, and sitting. This will help you to find out the most comfortable position. You can also try to walk around or rock in a chair or also on a birthing ball. This will help you as well to reduce pain and anxiety. Based on the research, it is suggested for women to be upright or even walking around to shorten the labor stage for about an hour. Even if you have such complications, you can still try a different positions in bed. You are able to sit, stand, pace at your bedside. Find the best position that may work for you. To say that you can freely choose the best position, so you can feel comfortable during the stage.
Massage, Touch and Therapy
Who says that you don’t need massage, touch and therapy in your natural childbirth process? It is important to promote the relaxation. You need a massage to prevent you from high level of tense muscle and also labor pain. You can ask your companion or support person to massage you, so you can reduce your anxiety and stress.
Hydrotherapy or using water to relax your body may help you as well to reduce discomforts during the labor stage of the natural childbirth process. You can soak your body in warm water. Usually, some birth centers may provide Jacuzzi which allows women to relax themselves. Hydrotherapy is a drug-free option which allows you to remain in control. It also promotes muscle relaxation; reduce your pain and anxiety which have an impact in your stage of labor. However, make sure that you soak your body in a proper temperature. It is suggested that the water must be in 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or even cooler. Higher temperature can raise your body temperature as your baby’s as well as increase the heart rate.
However, remember that not all women can do this hydrotherapy during their natural childbirth process. To avoid the risks such as infection from bacteria spreading in the tub, it will be better to have no hydrotherapy. A warm shower may be a better option for you to relax yourself.
Hypnosis may help you reduce fear, tension, and sensation during natural childbirth process. You can train and practice yourself by focusing and relaxing your body during labor stage. But, there is no exact judgment that self-hypnosis may be effective. At least, this can control and manage your pain.