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Most people use the term natural childbirth to refer to the process of going through labor and birth without the use of pain medication or other medical interventions.
There are a variety of reasons why a woman would choose to pursue a natural childbirth. Some of those reasons include:
Considering natural childbirth? Dignity Health Family Birth Centers have the advanced resources you need for a successful childbirth. Our professionals take a holistic wellness approach and help women to have the birth experience of their choice while receiving exceptional care. Find an OB today to learn more about your birthing options, including natural childbirth, at St. Bernardine Medical Center.
Labor is typically divided into three stages. This first stage of labor is further divided into three phases: early labor, active labor, and transition.
The second stage of labor is the pushing phase. Women who have not received any pain medication during birth often describe an irresistible desire to push and a strong burning sensation as the baby’s head stretches the vaginal opening. You’ll feel some relief when the baby’s head exits your body; the rest of the baby’s body soon follows.
Contractions continue during the third stage of labor, which lasts from the baby’s birth until the delivery of the placenta.
Pain relief options commonly used during natural childbirth include distraction, water therapy, massage, controlled breathing and techniques taught in lamaze classes, and relaxation techniques. Your experienced Dignity Health birthing team will support you at every stage of labor and delivery.
The Dignity Health Family Birth Center team is pleased to support natural childbirth at St. Bernardine Medical Center.