Modern medical technology has altered the nature of childbirth from being mostly reliant on the course of natural childbirth to being highly managed with the use of Pitocin, Epidurals and whatnot.
Especially, modern childbirth has eliminated experiencing labor and the “sweet pain” that accompanies it, which should have made it more than just a cherished memory for mom but also a healthy exercise for both her and the baby. Unknown to many, natural childbirth has a lot of health benefits.
Free Mobility During Labor
Highly managed childbirth means a lot of apparatus are going to be attached to the mother, like IVs, EFM or Electronic Fetal Monitoring and epidural, to name a few. This limits mom’s movements while in bed and may keep her from changing to more comfortable positions. Staying stationary in bed while in labor can be a very gruesome experience and may even discourage moms from having more children.
Walking can also help moms induce childbirth. Freedom of movement gives mothers a better chance at vaginal birth and some convenient control of the experience. But with all the apparatus connected to her during highly managed childbirths, this would be an impossibility, especially when the administration of epidural is followed by insertion of a catheter.
Moreover, moms about to give birth who are able to drink and eat have better stamina to last the entire event. This is not possible in a highly managed childbirth.
Interventions Often Means More Interventions
Interventions during childbirth often necessitate more interventions until everything ends up in a possible Cesarean birth or C-section. The epidural procedure, for instance, tends to slow down labor, in which case your doctor may have to give you Pitocin to help labor. Or, if labor were induced without you or your baby being ready, no natural oxytocin would be produced for contractions. Again, that would warrant another intervention.
Avoiding a C – Section
Moms and their babies are more exposed to risks when a Cesarean section is administered. And to avoid it, planning a natural childbirth with licensed and trained professional midwives can greatly help, reducing the possibility of a C-section and its risks by 30 to 50 percent. Seeking the help of a doula accordingly decreases the risk by 60 to 80 percent. Continuous EFM use during labor, however, can increase the chances of a Cesarean birth, according to a Cochrane review.
In a post on the NCBI site, it was found in a study that, “continuous cardiotocography (EFM) was associated with an increase in caesarean sections and instrumental vaginal births” like the use of vacuum extraction and forceps.
Now, you can decide what type of childbirth you’ll choose, but natural is almost always the better choice.