Why Natural Childbirth?

A reader asks for help in answering the question “Why natural childbirth?” Understanding the simple story of normal, natural birth, what helps and what sabotages nature’s plan for birth, and the appropriate use of interventions are discussed and form the foundation for coming to the conclusion that nature’s plan makes sense. Women are inherently capable of giving birth, have a deep, intuitive instinct about birth, and, when supported and free to find comfort, are able to give birth without interventions and without suffering…



Natural Birth: Is It for You?

From start (when to conceive) to finish (how to deliver), pregnancy is full of personal choices. When it comes to welcoming your baby, if you don’t envision giving birth in a hospital or you hope to have little to no drugs involved, a natural birth might be right for you. But what exactly does it mean, and are you a good candidate? Learn about the benefits and the risks of natural birth so you can make an informed decision about your labor and delivery plan…



12 Tips for Creating a Successful Natural Birth Plan

Birthing your child without drugs isn’t easy, but it is possible. Follow these guidelines to increase your chances of having a successful natural birth.

Getting a solid prenatal education is step one to planning a natural childbirth. Seek out classes that include how labor and birth work, as well as natural labor pain management techniques like breathing, self-hypnosis, and relaxation. Your hospital probably offers an evening or weekend course, but that might not be enough information, especially if they have a high epidural or C-section rate. Instead, research independent educators. Try a few different classes or styles until you find one that feels like a good fit.

Once you have an idea of your ideal birthing experience, the next smart step is creating a birth plan that details what you’d like to happen before, during and after labor…



10 Tips For A Natural Childbirth | IN THE HOSPITAL


12 Women Share What It’s Like To Have A Natural Birth

Delivering without the help of any pain medication is like a badge of honor for some moms. Any woman who has been through drug-free labor knows that it’s no easy feat and takes serious commitment. (Not that labor with pain-reducing drugs is any less of an amazing accomplishment.) Some moms-to-be are willing to deal with the intense pain of labor because they’re either concerned about the potential side effects of pain medication or simply want to follow in the footsteps of women who have given birth naturally for centuries. But not every mom-to-be who has a natural birth chose to go that route. In some cases, they end up having an unplanned natural delivery because they’re told that they’re past the point of pain-reducing drugs.
If you’ve ever wondered what natural childbirth is like or you did it yourself and are curious about what other women’s experiences were like, read on…