Deciding to go about it naturally is a wonderful goal to keep in mind. Studies show that natural childbirth is beneficial to both mother and child as it allows for the both of you to be fully awake, alert, and able to handle the birth in whatever direction it may go in.
Here are five things to consider when opting for natural childbirth and labor.
1. Do Pick A Supportive Practioner
The last thing you want to do is see a medical professional for the whole nine months of your pregnancy and find out that they lean more towards a medicated birth.
If you’re serious about trying to labor with minimal interventions, then your very first step will be to surround yourself with people who support your decision full-force and who will be an encouraging presence throughout the birthing process.
2. Do Seek Out An Appropriate Birth Environment
If you’re choosing a hospital setting for your birth, that’s fine. There are plenty of hospitals that offer birthing wings where the mother is encouraged to labor naturally.
You have many other choices for birthing naturally, such as a home birth, a midwifery clinic, and a birthing center.
Do your research both online and offline early so that you’ll have plenty of time to visit these places and speak with the personel there to go over what your wishes are for your child’s birth.
3. Do Consider A Doula and/or Midwife
These two birth attendants are your best bet for a safe and natural labor and delivery.
Both are trained specifically to help the birthing mother along her journey to delivering naturally in the most supportive and subservient ways possible.
4. Do Your Research On Coping Methods
Pain is inevitable with childbirth. And, while all of us deal with and experience pain in different rations, know that it will be present during labor and that finding ways to cope with it will help you immensely during your child’s entrance into the world.
Talk to others who have given birth naturally, search the Internet for answers, and talk methods over with your doctor or midwife. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction as to where you can find information and exercises that will bring comfort to you during your labor.
5. Do Prepare Yourself
After you’ve researched and discussed your options for a natural birth, you’ll want to prepare yourself as best you can both mentally and physically for the experience.
Try out some of the recommended breathing and meditative exercises, start working with a birthing ball, even get a feel for a birthing tub.
Coming prepared both mentally and physically to give birth naturally is half the battle.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.