Child and Birth Methods

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Childbirth Methods: "Natural" vs. Epidural Birth
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For centuries, women have given birth. Like other mammals, the process is natural or innate. Generally, the baby develops inside the mother, goes through a series of twists and turns and exits the birth canal into a brave new world. Sometimes the process deviates from expected events: The baby doesn't develop properly, the twists and turns are confused or the birth canal is too narrow for the baby's passage.

Over the years, doctors intervened during times like these to assist in difficult births. Assistance led to caution and childbirth, though natural for ninety percent of the population, became medical. Today, to have a baby naturally requires women to know what choices are available and to create a birth plan that mirrors their expectations.

Methods of Natural Childbirth

"Natural" childbirth is the term used to refer to birth without anesthesia medication or surgery. Many women want to have the experience of a natural childbirth when delivering a baby. Natural childbirth also eliminates the risk of drugs harming the baby. Because the natural childbirth method is medication-free, women who choose this method find ways to cope with the pain that comes from delivery.
Over the years, methods like Lamaze and the Bradley Method have helped women employ breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce pain. To keep the experience of birth as non-medical as possible, many women choose midwives over doctors and deliver at home rather than in the hospital. Water births, the birthing of babies in a relaxing tub of water, are another method employed to encourage natural childbirth.
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