Monday, 1 August 2011

Childbirth: I'm Thinking About Natural Children

Know you natural childbirth options
Natural childbirth is defined as a birth that seeks to minimize the intervention of modern medicine, which also includes using medications and/or surgical procedures.

There are some experts who believe that natural childbirth is beneficial to both the mother and child and they feel that anaesthetics will increase the possibility of complications during birth. They feel that the woman might not be capable of pushing properly during the concluding stages of delivery or could result in complications such as breathing difficulties in the newborn.

The evidence is debatable and it is up to YOU to decide what is best for you and your family in consultation with your doctor. If this is your first pregnancy then I cannot stress upon you enough - babies seldom come as per the birth plan. Things change - your body, the baby, your tolerance to the contractions or frustration.

Be prepared to have a back up plan. Know your pain relief options - even if you don't want to use them now. Nearly 10% of deliveries end in a caeserean section - this is an extreme option however very few Doctors properly prepare their patients for the possibility.

But back to the process of a natural childbirth.

Mothers have been giving birth naturally since the the beginning of time. Birth trends in the Western world seemed to have altered the rules somewhat. A lot of Doctors are prompt to intervene or have zero tolerance towards any sign of fetal distress when  close monitoring of the baby is possibly all that is needed. Its interesting to have discovered that in far flung parts of the world, there are much lower rates of problems like post natal depression - in part due to women being exposed to childbirth through female relatives in addition to being supported by those dearest to them and being in a comfy "homely" environment.

In regions of Australia, the Indigenous Australians are still giving birth to beautiful, healthy children in the outback.

Natural childbirth often promotes a healthier delivery overall because it eliminates the risks associated with caesarean sections and possible side effects from particular medications. Lamaze is a technique that is designed to help women who choose to deliver via natural childbirth and provides instruction in breathing and relaxation. Regular classes are given at local hospitals or clinics by a qualified instructor. The Dad-to-be is welcome to be present for each class in order to provide support for the mother. This is wonderful preparation because in the majority of cases, the father of the child will also be in the delivery room - this is why it is so important that he also be present to help learn how to coach the mother on breathing and relaxation exercises.

Not all physicians believe that natural childbirth is a positive experience, noting the pain involved as being sometimes extremely difficult for the mother. Others believe that it is beneficial as the process of natural childbirth leaves the new mother feeling empowered and also permits her to be alert as the child is brought into the world and placed in her arms.

Depending on the expectant mother's overall health, particular medical intervention may often be required in order to ensure a successful and safe childbirth. In a lot of cases, having access to pain relief reduces the stress that the mother feels and makes for an easier delivery.

Whether or not a natural childbirth is an option will be assessed by the physician and the expectant mother. Unless it is a matter of life and death or extreme concern as to the health of the mother or child, the choice will ultimately be left up to the mother as she will have the final say in the delivery method. Keep in mind that it is your physician who has been through years of schooling and you should make this decision and informed one with his/her assistance.

The biggest concern about a natural childbirth is that when things do go wrong, they can go wrong VERY QUICKLY. Safely is the number one priority.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as professional medical advice. The information contained herein should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, a doctor's recommendation . Prior to deciding either for or against natural childbirth, the expectant mother must consult a licensed physician for proper diagnosis and a recommendation.

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