Best Practices for a Natural Childbirth
Moms may be under the wrong impression that an un-medicated, natural birth is not a possibility. However, such a birth is a reasonable goal for approximately 85% of pregnant women according to some studies. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, only 67% of American women have vaginal births.
Low-Risk Mommies to be are the ideal candidate for un-medicated, natural child birth. Women that have health complications would not or should not go this route. This small percentage of moms are more likely to need medical interventions such as a cesarean section in order to facilitate their children’s births.
If you are one of the women out there who hope to give birth naturally, there are steps you can take in order to prepare for it.
1. Take birthing classes
Look for classes that not only cover the obvious topics such as labor and pain management but ones that also cover how the birthing process works. They should also include natural pain management options ranging from breathing techniques to self-hypnosis. For this type of class its best to seek an educator outside of a hospital setting. At the Birthing Center of NY, our comprehensive Birthing Classes taught by Nurse Jackie provide you with the tools and knowledge you and your partner will need to have a successful natural birth.
2. Be sure to choose a doctor who’s into natural birth
This may sound obvious but you may be surprised to find out that your current physician may not be an advocate of natural births. It’s best to be teamed up with a health care provider who will be on the same page as you and share the same goals. Make sure that all the people on your birthing team (doctor, nurse, midwife, doula) are all in the same frame of mind which is to have a natural birth. The team of board certified doctors, midwives and nurses at Newlife Wellness and The Birthing Center of NY support low risk women who wish to have a natural childbirth.
3. Watch your weight
Women who are overweight tend to have more complications during labor. Women who aren’t overweight have fewer complications and require fewer medical interventions.
4. Aim for a low-intervention pregnancy
Women who have few interventions during pregnancy continue the low-intervention trend during labor too. If you are healthy, opt for fewer tests and interventions during your pregnancy. Keep in mind that while some tests are important for the baby and mom, some are entirely optional. Discuss with us you wishes and our team at the Birthing Center of NY will advise you on what your choices are.
5. During early labor, stay at home
If your contractions are not more than 5 minutes apart, then you can stay at home. Wait until the contractions are closer together. During this time you can walk around, eat, drink and move around. Once the contractions intensify, do not go away for a few hours and are less than five minutes apart then head to your medical provider.
Spend as much time as possible in water. Taking a shower, a bath in a tub or sitting in a birthing pool are great for easing pain. Water will also help you to relax.
7. Remember what you learned at the birthing class
Now is the time to put into practice what you learned in class. Try to relax: listen to music, move around, talk with a friend on the phone. Whatever it takes to help you along. You can also meditate or try self-hypnosis for pain management and relaxation.
The Birthing Center of NY offers many services for moms. These include prenatal care, acupuncture, doulas and midwifes and classes that include birthing and breastfeeding. We also offer BLS (Basic Life Support) classes. All of our classes are taught by Nurse Jackie Chapman RN, a lactation consultant, childbirth specialist & Certified BLS/CPR/AED instructor with over 40 years experience.