Congratulations mom! You’re pregnant. And, after having gone through the motions of buying baby stuff, or making the nursery up for the latest edition to your happy brood, there is one rather important decision that you simply must make. And, on the top of that priority list is choosing a childbirth or delivery option.
Just think about it. On one hand you have anxieties about a natural delivery. You muster the courage for it. But, you end up giving up in the delivery room, and the doctors have to rush you through for a C-section. So, how do you prepare for childbirth?
What options do you have?
- Home Birth
There is nothing closer than home. And, there is nothing homelier than your home. You are pretty much comfortable with the environment, and you wish to deliver your baby here. Moreover, here you have more control over how you feel while laboring. The added advantage of having family around is something that you may want to surround yourself with. But, this is not something a hospital will deprive you of, and what if you need some emergency treatment?
Sometimes, all you need is some encouraging discourse. In fact, labor is more of a mental process because it requires more mental strength to see it through. It’s why several women prefer having a Doula in the delivery room with them. A doula is a non-medical professional who is there to comfort you, and provide you with emotional and physical support.
- Water Birth
The water delivery has become rather popular recently. It’s probably because of the ease a water birth provides to the women. A water birth is relieving to both the mother and the baby. Moreover, water birthing is something that you can practice both at home or at a hospital. In any event, if you have already chosen a medical center for birthing, you could still discuss any water birth options with your doctor.
A c-section is controlled because it is planned and programmed by a competent medical staff and in a secure environment. Some women choose a c-section over a natural birthing. Most doctors offer this as a solution if a natural birthing doesn’t progress well. But, to those women who have planned their due dates, it might only work out the best. You will, however, have to take extreme caution post delivery. You might be restricted to do certain things until you are fully healed. The recovery time might be longer as well.
Most women give birth while lying down. But, not many understand that gravity is their best friend during labor. Squatting is favorable especially for those who have back problems and feel the extra pressure on their spine. Squatting during labor also lets gravity work in your favor. Ask your doctor if this is the best option for you.
Some women can’t handle labor pain. And, these women take medicines to ensure that labor isn’t all that painful. If you are one of these women, consult your doctor. She will suggest many options to help you feel relaxed while giving birth. While it is generally not something that doctors practice, in some cases, like excruciating pain or health issues, women are administered medications to help relieve their condition.