When it comes to giving birth there are so many methods, techniques, experts, philosophies, and practices. We admit, it can be a little overwhelming and sometimes scary. We want you to make the best decision possible for you and your baby. The bond between a mother and her baby is unbreakable. We have some really important questions we want you to consider when creating your birthing plan.
What is going to give you the greatest chance to form the best bond with your baby? What is going to give you the most fulfillment?
At Breath of Life, we want to elevate your mind and body to live your best life. Here is some introductory information about the practice of natural birthing. This is only a glimpse into this method, we highly recommend you schedule an appointment with us or attend our free informational meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020, see below for more info.
Here are some basic questions and our answers to a natural birth plan:
- What does having a natural birth mean?
Natural birth is a way of honoring the mother’s body and its designed ability to birth a child with little to no intervention. During a natural birth, the midwife or doctor listens and intently pays very close attention to the signals given by mom’s body. The signals may tell the midwife/Dr. when to enter labor and when the baby is ready to be delivered.
- How can a natural birth benefit the mother and baby?
When we allow mom and baby to communicate and interfere as little as possible in the labor and delivery process we see better birth outcomes. This includes quicker healing time for mom, smoother transition from womb to outside-of-womb for baby, and a decreased likelihood for birth trauma for both mom and baby.
- How can epidurals affect my pregnancy?
Epidurals are used to decrease pain during labor and delivery. However, the short-term relief might not outweigh the risks or connection. While an epidural removes pain from labor and delivery, it also removes mom’s ability to feel and to react to her body’s normal progression of labor. Labor is frequently stalled because of epidurals and is directly associated with a decrease in bonding between mom and baby and the latching or nursing success rates.
As we mentioned earlier there are so many things to talk about when it comes to a natural birth plan. We want you to be as informed as possible when it comes to your mind, body, and loved ones.
If you are still interested in learning about creating a natural birth plan we would like to invite you to our free community-focused event with our friends and neighbors from Loehr Health Center.
This event will take place on February 20th at 11:00 am at Travellers House (824 S. National Ave.), here is a link to our Facebook event with all the information you would need, by the way, we will have free childcare.