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Considering Birthing Options at Dignity Health in Sacramento

When it comes to labor and delivery, you have a variety of options for giving birth. 

The birth of your baby is precious and wonderful time. Most of all, it’s a deeply emotional and personal experience for you. For this reason, we encourage you to talk with your doctor about the details, including the benefits and risks, of each birthing option. This will give you more peace of mind when the big moment finally comes. 

Dignity Health is here to help you through every step of your pregnancy journey. To make an appointment at our Family Birthing Center, or to learn about your birthing options in Sacramento, CA, Find a Doctor today.


Options for Childbirth at Dignity Health

At Dignity Health, we offer a holistic wellness approach to childbirth, including healing touch massage services and our doula program, in addition to our primary services.

Pain Relief

The most common type of pain relief during childbirth is an epidural, which is regional anesthesia. During this procedure, your provider injects the anesthetic into your spinal cord. This will get rid of any pain during a vaginal birth or C-section. You’ll be awake and alert after an epidural, so you can participate in the birth of your baby.

Natural Childbirth

If you have a natural childbirth, it means you go through labor and birth without having any pain medication or other types of medical interventions. You may find this option suitable if you want to avoid the side effects of medication to have the full childbirth experience. Your care team may help alleviate your pain through water therapy, massage, relaxation techniques, and controlled breathing.


A cesarean section, or C-section, is a procedure in which your obstetrician makes an incision in your lower abdomen and the wall of your uterus to deliver your baby. Your doctor may determine that a C-section is a safer option for you, depending on you and your baby’s condition. This may especially be helpful for birthing complications and other unexpected problems.


A vaginal birth after cesarean section, or VBAC, is sometimes necessary for women who’ve already delivered a baby through a C-section. This procedure may offer a shorter recovery with less risks.

Midwife & Doula Options

Many women choose to experience childbirth with the help of a trained health care provider called a midwife. This option is often best for uncomplicated pregnancy, labor, and birth. If you choose a midwife, you’ll learn how to work with your body during your labor and delivery. At Dignity Health, our midwives work regularly with our obstetricians and other health care providers. We also offer a doula program at our Woodland and Methodist locations.

To learn more about your birthing options, meet with a doctor at Dignity Health of Greater Sacramento. 

Dignity Health offers a range of labor and delivery options for childbirth in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.