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Types of Natural Birth Techniques

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Natural childbirth is a process of delivering a child through vagina without surgery after nine months of pregnancy. Some of the commonly utilized natural birth techniques include Water Delivery, Alexander Technique, Lamaze, Hypnosis and the Bradley method. But it needs timely preparation and patience to learn and apply these techniques successfully.

Natural childbirth or normal delivery is a process of child delivery after the completion of pregnancy duration. Natural childbirth is preferred over surgical method (C section) because of its implicit advantages. Every pregnant woman wants to have a simple and uncomplicated delivery of her baby. This desire leads to the exploration of different options available in the natural as well as surgical procedures of delivery. Natural delivery is the best option to proceed with but sometimes due to unwanted complications during delivery C-section becomes a need for the safety of both the mother and baby. One of the requirements of the natural birth techniques is that the pregnant lady needs to have ample patience and strength at the time of the delivery. There are different types of natural birth techniques, which you need to know to be able to make a choice at the time of your delivery.

1. Water Delivery

Water delivery basically involves giving birth to the baby in the warm or lukewarm water. This is usually done in a bathtub. Gynecologists as well as midwives believe that using water delivery technique for the birth of the baby is one of the best ways of natural childbirth. The health of both the mother and baby is excellent after the delivery of the baby. Water delivery basically helps in a relaxing delivery of the baby where mother feels minimum pain at the time of the delivery. Therefore, water delivery is one of the most commonly recommended natural birth techniques in the recent times.

The feeling of physical pain at the time of delivery can be successfully moderated with a soothing and favorable environment at the time of the birth of a baby. It takes around an hour time to ensure that you are utilizing water delivery with care for the successful delivery.

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You need to make sure that you do not undergo water delivery technique in case you have high-risk pregnancy. It is always recommended to consult your doctor first before opting for any of the natural birth techniques.

2. Alexander Technique

Alexander technique is one of the most ancient natural birth techniques. Since centuries, it has been used for delivering babies successfully in a natural way. This technique is useful for pregnant women to minimize pain at the time of the delivery. The Alexander method makes the pregnant woman rest on her knees while supporting the torso by both hands rested on the floor. It leads to the creation of a distance between the legs and torso of the pregnant lady. This tunes the body for the successful delivery of a baby without facing much pain. Till the time of delivery, a pregnant woman gets to know the best sensory contractions of the body. In this way, you will able to use these contractions at the time of the delivery with the Alexander technique.

Proper training is provided to the to-be-mother with the help of the experts of Alexander techniques. This helps the woman to adapt to the technique at the time of the delivery and have a relaxing experience of giving birth.

3. Lamaze

The Lamaze method for the birth of a baby was developed under the guidance of the French obstetrician Ferdinand Lamaze. Since then, it is utilized in the United States. You will be surprised to know that the Lamaze type of the natural birth technique is one of the most commonly booked childbirth education classes in the recent times. The main motive of the Lamaze technique is to build the confidence of the pregnant woman and ensure smooth delivery of the baby on time.

Lamaze ensures that the role of the doula (birth coach) is utilized well during the preparation of the delivery as well as at the time of birth. Your partner can also play a crucial role in supporting you before, during and after the birth of the baby. This leads to the successful delivery of the baby with the help of Lamaze technique.

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4. Hypnosis

Hypnosis or you can say self-hypnosis is one of the most favored types of natural birth technique. This technique was brought live in 1940s under the guidance of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. The women are sent into a state of relaxation at the time of delivery. The muscles of the body are in proper tuning with the normal functioning and hence successfully support the normal delivery of the baby. Hypnosis is highly useful in providing the best results for the peaceful delivery. Deep breathing affirmations realization is a commonly used type of the hypnosis. Here, the women focus on the pattern of their breathing and divert their minds from the process of baby delivery. To-be-mothers are trained for co-operation at the time of the birth. If required, your doctor can also suggest you to undergo a proper training with the help of the experts who have long-term expertise in the field of hypnotherapy natural birth technique.

5. The Bradley method

Dr. Robert Bradley started the Bradley method in the later 1940s. It is essential to understand that in this method minimum amount of drugs are utilized. This method can be easily learnt with the help of the series of resources designed especially for the pregnant women who are planning to go with Bradley method. In this method, the pregnant woman is guided regarding the diet and timely physical activity throughout the pregnancy tenure. Also, to-be-mothers are encouraged to feel confident about their body. During the time of the delivery, it is essential that the pregnant women focus on their breathing patterns. This helps them to stay distracted from the labor pain.

Just make sure that you are planning well in advance for natural childbirth. These techniques ensure that pregnant women stay ready for the different stages of labor and their body remains prepared for the same.

Can I have natural childbirth after having C-section?

Yes, one can have natural childbirth after C-section provided you don’t have complications in the current pregnancy, which you had during first pregnancy. In medical terms, it is known as VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-section). Not every doctor is expert in performing normal delivery after the caesarean delivery. Only expert doctors can perform natural delivery following a C-section delivery. Always, discuss the possibilities with your doctor so that you may don’t end up in having unnecessary C-section.

Thus, you can see that there are various natural birth techniques, which are in practice for the healthy birth of a baby. Also, it prevents the mother from facing many difficulties at the time of the birth of the baby. You can discuss with your doctor about the natural birth techniques to end up with a smooth and safe delivery. Start well in advance and gear yourself up for the journey to come.

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Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani

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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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Anjana Giri

The Lamaze method is not practiced in India but I would love to have my baby delivered by this method.

Oct. 8, 2018, 11:51 a.m. 4.5

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Nandini Jha

It was good to read about the Lamaze method where a partner can also play a significant role.

Sept. 27, 2018, 3:49 p.m. 5.0

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Varun Dhimen

Is practicing Alexander technique safer for the newborn? I never knew such practices are being followed over the world for natural birth techniques.

Sept. 23, 2018, 6:18 p.m. 5.0

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Shangira Mehta

After reading this, I would like to opt for water delivery technique but I doubt this technique is practiced in India.

Sept. 9, 2018, 3:58 p.m. 5.0

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Deepak Kataria.

It was new to read something like this. I never knew we have these different techniques for natural births. Good read!

Aug. 15, 2018, 2:55 p.m. 5.0

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Sanjivan Venugopal

Aug. 9, 2018, 4:14 p.m. 4.5

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