Birthing Methods: Planning for a Better Birth - March 20, 2018
Birthing Methods: Planning for a Better Birth

Creating a perfect birth plan is a major goal for every expectant mother, and choosing a birth method is a big part of that plan. The moment your child is born is the most powerful moment in a woman’s life. However, lots of planning and preparation goes into making that moment everything she hopes for. Planning includes choosing a birthing location, considering various birthing methods, and taking classes to prepare all parties involved. Some mothers-to-be even bring in outside help to plan for their child’s birth. In this article, we will explore several birthing methods to help mothers understand their options when delivering their child. Choosing a birthing method gets your one step closer to preparing a better birthing plan.

Cesarean Section, also know as a C-Section, is a surgical infant delivery procedure. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a cut just above the pubic bone to remove an infant from a mother’s womb. Local anesthetics are used to prevent pain during the procedure. This procedure is considered a major surgery and healing may take about 6 weeks. A mother who undergoes a c-section will have to remain in the hospital for 3-4 days following the procedure and might not be able to hold their baby at first due to a risk of re-opening their incision. Although c-sections are an option for most women, they are generally not performed unless a doctor deems it medically necessary due to complications.

Medically-Assisted Vaginal Birth is when a woman gives birth with the help of modern medical tools or medicines. An epidural is most commonly used to ease the pain of contractions, but an epidural numbs the mother which makes it more difficult for her to push. Also, an epidural can slow down the progression of labor and require the use of additional medications. Another modern medical technique commonly seen is the use of forceps. Forceps are similar to tongs and they help guide the child through the mother’s birth canal. There are other potential medical interventions your doctor could use. You should discuss all possible options with your doctor prior to delivery.

Natural Birth is when a woman gives birth vaginally without the assistance of modern medicines. The female body does release its own natural pain relievers and hormones to help control the pain and progress the delivery process. Commonly a doula, midwife, or hypnobirthing specialist is hired to coach the mother through the delivery. A natural birth can be the least invasive option for childbirth and can take place either at home or a hospital. Many women report having better experiences by delivering their child in a more comfortable and familiar location such as their home, however, a woman with a high-risk pregnancy may choose to be closer to a doctor and deliver their baby at a hospital.

Water Birth is when a woman uses a pool filled with water during part or all of their delivery. Water births are commonly associated with home births, but more and more hospitals are accommodating them in their maternity wings. Orchid Nest has a relationship with multiple hospitals that allow us to set up for a water birth in the delivery room. Giving birth in water is said to ease the baby’s transition into the world and provide multiple benefits to the mother. These benefits include pain relief, relaxation and easier movement in switching positions.

From a natural home birth to cesarean section, modern women have many birthing methods available to them. At Orchid Nest we do not judge women for their choices, rather we empower women to make a confident decision by educating them on all of their options and supporting their individuality. To learn more about different birthing methods and how one of our doulas or hypnobirthing specialists can be of service, call us at (561)865-5692.

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