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Benefits of Natural Child Birth Delivery

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Natural childbirth is the process of delivering the baby naturally through vagina. Unlike a C- Section, natural childbirth is beneficial in the form of the better safety of the mother and baby, lesser medications, easy procedure and healing, breast feeding immediately after the delivery, and cost effectiveness.

Natural childbirth is a recommended procedure for it is known to be less strenuous for a pregnant woman. Moreover, it prepares a woman at various levels including emotional, physical and intellectual.During the vaginal delivery, a woman is more involved with the birth of her child as she actively participates in the delivery process by responding to the uterine contractions while pushing the baby out. It makes an emotional roller coaster ride for the mother as compared to a simple surgical procedure called cesarean where the baby is assisted out of the womb with the aid of medical intervention. Natural birth process hence creates a unique bond between the mother and baby. In case of natural childbirth, the main emphasis is made on using the most effective techniques such as deep and controlled breathing, mobilization and pain relieving postures. This helps the soon-to-be mother to smoothly sail through the extended periods of labor pains.

Knowing the Benefits of Natural Child birth

It is understood that every mother and her baby are unique. Though anatomy and physiology are standard, yet the process of childbirth is a unique experience for every woman. All through the process of labor, a woman learns more about her body. This blog presents a comparative analysis of two different kinds of delivery processes and informs you in detail about the facts and benefits related to natural childbirth.

Listed below are some of the most notable and appreciated benefits of giving birth naturally that one needs to understand thoroughly:

1. Avoiding the cascade of medical interventions

Although normal vaginal delivery may have its own set of rules to follow, most natural childbirth techniques are non invasive, so there is minimal or no potential chances of any harm to the baby and the mother.

avoiding the cascade of medical interventions

2. Freedom during childbirth

During a cesarean section, the effect of epidural anesthesia, an intravenous access line or continuous fetal monitoring restricts your movement and confines you to bed. Natural childbirth allows you to move freely as you retain alertness and sensation. You can change positions to stay comfortable during the process. You also get the opportunity to participate in the labor while pushing the baby out.

3. Shorter, easier labor

In a natural childbirth, the oxytocin hormone signals the uterus to start contracting, which in turn signals the brain to release endorphins (natural painkillers). This leads to short and easier labor. While on the other hand during caesarean section delivery, epidural anesthesia interferes with this normal process and slows down labor. Under the effect of epidural anesthesia, one cannot feel the requirement of exertion of force through the lower body.  This makes it impossible to change positions and adjust the body at the time of delivery. It also renders the woman to face difficulty in pushing the baby at the right time. This happens because contractions can’t be felt, leading to a harder and prolonged labor. This does not happen in case of the natural childbirth procedure. 

4. Safer for the baby

Natural delivery is considered to be the safest for the baby since it does not involve the administration of anesthesia or painkillers to the mother. Epidural anesthesia can cause sudden blood pressure drop in the mother. This in turn leads to less amount of oxygen rich blood pumped into the baby. Pain relief medications can also cause additional side effects in the baby. Some of these side effects include central nervous system depression, respiratory depression, impairment in breastfeeding at the early stages, decreased ability for maintaining body temperature and altered neurological behavior. These negative changes in the newborn may prolong hospital stay for the newborn and mother. Also, the baby may require additional medications for the same. This happens during the cesarean section delivery. Therefore, the safety of the baby can be dealt with in the best way in case of natural childbirth.

5. Feeling of empowerment

Interestingly, there are women who associate the natural delivery process with the feeling of empowerment. It is seen in some women that they derive a sense of accomplishment after going through intense labor moments. It is because of this that despite undergoing an extremely painful labor many women want to go for it yet again in the future as having the situation within their control reduces their perception of pain.

feeling of empowerment

6. Involvement of the partner or support system

A natural childbirth allows your partner or other family members to get involved in the process by helping you to carry out various pain relieving positions. You can even consult a physical therapist and ask your partner to accompany you for the exercise therapy sessions specially designed for pregnant women.

7. Breastfeeding right after delivery

In the natural childbirth, the new mother can feed the nutritious milk, which is called as ‘colostrum’, or ‘immune milk’ right after the baby is born and ready to be fed. This helps the baby to stay away from low immunity and infections. The baby’s ability to suck, swallow and breathe may get disorganized due to anesthesia, in case of cesarean section. This will delay rooting and sucking reflex causing a delay in the first nursing time on the part of the new mother.

8. Quicker recovery

A mother who gives birth to her baby via natural childbirth procedure recovers quickly due to reduced usage of incisions and cuts at the time of delivery. This also aids in the beginning of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding without any delay. Undergoing a C-section prolongs hospital stay, duration of recovery and poses a greater risk of infections for the new mother. The health of the mother as well as the baby is at risk to a certain extent.

9. Natural childbirth improves healthy gut flora

Recent research has proved that babies born via vaginal delivery have more diverse and healthy gut flora.  The babies acquire this flora while passing through the birth canal at the time of delivery This prevents the occurrence of different types of skin diseases caused by the species of the Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria. This is one of the great benefits of natural childbirth, as the babies born via natural childbirth already possess the healthy gut flora in them.

natural childbirth improves healthy gut flora

Additional benefits

 Moreover, natural childbirth is a cost effective method of giving birth to a baby. Natural birth is far less expensive than a cesarean birth that requires medical or surgical interventions. Caesarean section delivery requires all these interventions from time to time. Birth of the baby with a cesarean section brings with it added costs of the epidural-based surgical procedure, anesthesia, and extended stay at the hospital.

It is to be noted that women who remain physically active are more ready and likely to have a natural childbirth process. You can read more about the tips of having natural child birth naturally to educate yourself further and reap its benefits. 

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Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani

About The Author

Gynecologic Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani
Mumbai

Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani is an Infertility Specialist, Gynecologic Surgeon and Obstetrician, located in Mumbai and having an experience of almost a decade. Her alma mater is B J MEDICAL COLLEGE in Pune from where she completed her MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In the following year, she pursued her DNB in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Post Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine from Krishna IVF Vizag and Nadkarni IVF Centre, Surat in 2013. She is the member of 3 different associations i.e. Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Association of Medical Consultants. Her area of expertise includes Tubectomy/Tubal Ligation, Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Caesarean Section and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). She is a consultant in Veda Fertility And Urology Care, Mira Road and is a visiting consultant in Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai. You can get the contact details of Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani at elawoman.com

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