Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth Options

By: Mary Olsen

Childbirth is one of the most natural things in the world. People have been doing it for thousands and thousands of years, most of those without medical intervention. These days pregnancy and childbirth are big business, especially for hospitals who can count on a fairly steady stream of income from it since there are always babies being born. Due to concerns over liability and the fact that the hospital makes upwards of ten times as much from performing a caesarian section or C-section, these procedures are performed far too often which is not beneficial to either the mother or the child.

Natural childbirth options, however, are available and should certainly be taken into consideration by anyone who doesn't want a C-section forced on them by the hospital. The first thing a woman needs to know about delivering her baby is that she is in control and has the power to decide how her baby is going to be born.

One option is at the hospital. You should check into the hospital's history and find out what their C-section percentage is. Back in 1970 the percentage of C-sections was around 5.5%. By 1978 that percentage had tripled to over 15%. Today hospitals range from the 5% level to as high as 50%. Knowing in advance that your hospital is at the lower end of the range will give you the greatest possibility of delivering your baby vaginally, barring any true emergencies. Some hospitals even have nurse midwives on staff for a more natural approach, although not quite as natural as a home childbirth.

Home childbirth is another viable option depending on what state you live in. It is illegal in 11 states, so you may need to check your local laws. If you are lucky enough to live in one of the 39 states where it is legal, having a home birth with midwives can be one of the most rewarding ways to bring a child into the world. The mother is able to feel much more relaxed without tubes and wires being stuck into her and if the baby sleeps for 4 or 5 hours the first night (this is typical); she doesn't have to be awakened to have her temperature taken or have her baby's heel pricked for a blood sugar test.

Whether you opt for more natural childbirth at the hospital or choose to hire a midwife for a home birth you should keep in mind that you are in charge of how things should be done. Be sure to interview several hospitals or midwives before making your decision. Giving birth should be a beautiful and memorable experience and not something you simply happy.

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Mary Olsen is the main contributor for Mothers Naturally. Mothers Naturally is a public education program for the Midwives Alliance of North America. Mothers Naturally celebrates the journey of natural pregnancy and>natural childbirth, and believes in informing the public of their birth options and the importance of the role they play during pregnancy and labor.

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