Advantages of Natural Birth

Excerpt from Special Women by Paulina Perez & Cheryl Snedeker:

Natural birth is hard, but a woman’s body is designed for this function.  When a woman births without drugs, anesthesia or medical interventions she learns that she is strong and powerful.  She learns self-confidence.  She learns to trust herself, even in the face of powerful authority figures.

Once she realizes her own strength and power, she will have a different attitude, for the rest of her life, about pain, illness, disease, fatigue, and hard or difficult situations.

When a mother births without drugs, anesthesia, or medical interventions she will approach mothering differently.  She will realize that it took hard work to bring this child into the world and it will take hard work to raise this child into an adult.

Through all of this she will grow as a person, becoming more confident in her abilities to handle any situation that she might face and more responsible for her own destiny.

Natural birth allows the mother a larger range of options in terms of places to birth, positions for birth, the caregiver attending the birth, and how the delivery is conducted.  This allows a woman an internal locus of control (she makes decisions) versus an external locus of control (caregiver or hospital makes decisions).

Natural birth is medically safer for mother and baby.  Anesthesia and other interventions present risks to their health, which include:
     *Decrease in maternal blood pressure
     *Decrease in fetal heart tones
     *Decrease in uterine contractility
     *Increase in labor dystocia
     *Increase in need for pitocin augmentation
     *Increase in maternal temperature
     *Decrease in maternal ability to void
     *Decrease in maternal pushing ability
     *Increase in use of forceps for delivery
     *Increase in need for episiotomy and perineal trauma
     *Increase in need for cesarean section
     *Increase in fetal hypoglycemia
     *Increase in maternal/infant separation
     *Increase in breastfeeding problems
     *Anesthesia headache for mother
     *Increase in separation from family unit
     *Increase in postpartum back pain for mother
     *Nerve palsy or parlysis for mother

If mother and baby are not healthy, or progress of labor is clearly not normal, the use of drugs, anesthesia and other interventions may be justified.

~ by cmb0414 on August 6, 2010.

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