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Many expectant mothers visit us wanting to discuss having a natural birth. This is something that we can support and prepare women for. When a physician and expectant mother partner together to create a birth plan, it is possible to have a medication free birth.
The importance of communication
Giving birth is a momentous task and one that can be highly unpredictable. There is no real way to guarantee when someone will go into labor, how long they will be in labor, or what the delivery process will be like. Though there are averages and norms, to get to that point, there are a lot of women with different pre-birth experiences. Because of that, it is critical that an expectant mother and physician to be highly communicative and on the same page. One of the best ways to do that is to create a birth plan.
Birth plan should include the following
#1 What the mom wants to do for pain relief.
For someone who wants a natural birth, there are still options for pain relief. For example, some women will have acupuncture. If anything is going to be used to help alleviate pain and discomfort, it should be listed in the birth plan. Also, there should be conditions specified for when a woman would want to switch to conventional medication, if at all.
#2 Going to have a C-section.
There are instances where a C-section is medically necessary. It is wise to include this in the birth plan, laying out what to do in case of this emergency.
#3 Who should be in the room
It is advisable to list out who should be in attendance during the birth to ensure that the right people are there and, when the time is appropriate, anyone who should not be in the room is escorted out.
#4 Religious preferences.
Anyone who has religious preferences should have it specifically listed out in a birth plan to ensure compliance.
These are only a few of the things that must be listed out in the plan. The most important for anyone wishing a natural birth is to specify that medication should not be administered and list out any ways that pain or discomfort will be alleviated naturally.
In addition to communication with the physician, it is necessary for expectant mothers to communicate their wishes to their partner. Having partner support is critical because it helps to create an environment that is relaxing and comfortable. Additionally, if her partner understands that a woman does not wish to have pain medication during childbirth, they can provide that necessary moral support and know what role they should play to help alleviate discomfort during labor and delivery. If a partner is surprised by this decision, it will only create additional chaos and unnecessary confusion.
One of the ways to alleviate discomfort is to sit in a warm bath during labor. This can help to alleviate stress and tension and some women even prefer to have a water birth.
Some women also benefit from meditation and breathing exercises.
Others enjoy walking around and doing very specific stretching exercises.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for alleviating discomfort during labor. Instead, each expectant mother must decide what she is going to do, communicate with their physician and partner, and ensure that their birth plan specifications and instructions are followed. In our clinic, we can help with this entire process.
Schedule an appointment
Any woman who would like a natural birth should visit our clinic so that we can provide ongoing care and support both during the pregnancy and during labor and delivery. To learn more about options or to meet with us, scheduled appointment today.