I have been thinking quite a bit about natural childbirth lately. Nothing sends a Midwife over the moon like a good natural childbirth. In our midwifery practice, we have seen a huge increase in the number of women who are choosing to go the unmedicated route for their births:) I really am not sure why that is. Is it a growing trend? I hope so…or are we just attracting more of these types of patients because we have made the reputation for ourselves for being supportive? I do know that woman were meant to give birth, and that natural childbirth certainly has many benefits, some that last a lifetime.
Women have been giving birth for millions of years, without the aid of pain relief. Our bodies were built for this. When we are able to complete this task successfully, we gain a special insight and ability to trust our inner strength. This carries over for the rest of our lives.
Once we tap into this innate strength and power, we tend to have a different outlook on disease, fatigue, parenting, difficult situations, life itself. We can do anything, face anything!
When we choose natural childbirth, we are in control. We choose how the labor will go and accept the challenge rather than being a passive participant. This leads to a more positive birth experience in many instances.
When we choose natural childbirth, our hormones peak at exactly the time that nature intended rather than being misplaced on the anesthetist. Moms become lost in their babies. Babies are more alert and nurse better.
Unmedicated births are safe!
If you are interested in a great resource for natural childbirth, check out Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke, CNM. I was able to attend a workshop given by Nancy many years ago as a young midwife and Mandy and I will be attending another one this year at the ACNM conference in Denver. We are so excited!!! Read a review of her book here. You can purchase the book on Amazon.