You’re pregnant and trying to decide what you want to do when it comes to childbirth. You may have thought about having a natural childbirth but are afraid that you won’t be able to handle it. There are so many benefits to natural childbirth for both mom and baby and lots of different approaches to laboring without medication. If natural childbirth is something you’ve been considering but hasn’t made up your mind on, here are ten good reasons to give it a try.
It’s better for baby: One good reason to try natural childbirth is so that your baby can avoid having unnecessary and potentially dangerous medications pass through her system. By avoiding pain medications your baby will be born more alert and more active than babies that have been drugged up from pain medications.
More freedom during labor: When you labor with an epidural you are confined to the bed and will not have the advantage of being able to walk around during labor. You may not be able to move your lower half at all or sense the need to change positions when it would be beneficial.
To avoid a c-section or other interventions: There are things that can lead to the necessity of a c-section, some are unavoidable, but others may be preventable. When labor is allowed to progress on its own, in its own time-frame, and the woman is allowed to respond naturally to the pain she is in, labor tends to go smoother and needless intervention. Additionally, women who labor flat on their backs, are induced earlier than when their bodies are ready, or who are not assertive and in control of their labor, may be more likely to end up having a c-section.
To have the experience of labor: The labor experience is not just about experiencing pain, it’s about knowing what labor feels like, and knowing what you are capable of. It’s about gaining confidence from learning to manage your pain naturally and experiencing the exhilaration that comes from pushing your baby out with the pain of a contraction.