They also discourage the use of pain medication and epidurals; they use a natural approach to managing labor pains like massaging, walking and water immersion. Women usually feel confident to use this approach knowing they have the freedom to change their mind at any point during labor.
Along with the many advantages there are some disadvantages with natural childbirth. The main disadvantage is the pain that is associated with natural childbirth. Without any medicine the pain of labor is very intense, and this is what turns most mothers off from this method. However, there are various breathing, and movement methods that are meant to decrease the pain.
These decisions can make the birthing experience more enjoyable and successful with reducing the amount of complications during birth. Over the years, OBGYN’s have chose the safety procedures and techniques for laboring women during the birthing process. Women are frightened into having a caesarian birth or an induced labor verses a natural vaginal birth. While there are, certain incidences that a caesarian birth is needed, such as, when the baby is in a breeched position, fetal distress, cephalopelvic disproportion (a baby’s head is too large or a mother’s pelvis is too small for delivery) and/or uterine ruptures. All of these reasons are horrific medical emergencies where a caesarian birth would be the appropriate choice for the wellbeing of the baby and the mother, but the chances of these happening are in the low 10% of births. However, other times to expedite the birthing process when the cervix has not completely dilated doctors urge for a caesarian birth. Doctor’s first try inducing labor artificially, if inducing does not initiate the cervix to dilate properly before a certain time, doctors will begin an emergency caesarian.
This time in life may also be very stressful due to the trend for medicalization of birth. The medicalization of birth is the trend we see in society today. There has been an increase in the use of medical technology. The cesarean section is the most common surgery done in the United States, even higher than a hysterectomy and tonsillectomy. Over one forth of birhs in the United States were cesarean sections. There are major complications that could occur with the increase use of this surgery. For example, the mortality rate is four to ten times higher than a vaginal birth. There is also an increase use other artificial medical interventions such as induction of labor and epidurals. It is hard to explain why women are choosing to deviate from traditional births, but it is a growing societal trend.
Have you ever thought why you choose certain type of cloth, a hairstyle, or even behavior? Do you really believe that it is your own choice and preferences, just because it is looks good on you and it suits your life style? Two different researchers, Michael Kimmel and Deborah Tannen, are trying to demonstrate that in reality, one’s appearance and manners are influenced by family members and peers. While in his work “Bros before Hos: The Guy Code” Kimmel talks about how a man’s actions are shaped by certain stereotyped “man’s” behavior, Tannen, in her passage “You’re Wearing That: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation” argues that for her actions a woman has to always be prepared to be criticized by her own mother. This two articles—You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation by Deborah Tanned and He and “Bros Before Hos”: They Guy Code by Michael Kimmel—helped me better understand how society and the environment around us influences our lives.
...o find a balance between interventional and non-interventional birth. With this being said, I also understand that there are strict policies and protocols set in place, which I must abide to as a healthcare provider, in any birth setting. Unfortunately, these guidelines can be abused. Christiane Northrup, MD, a well recognized and respected obstetrician-gynecologist has gone as far as to tell her own daughters that they should not give birth in a hospital setting, with the safest place being home (Block, 2007, p. xxiii). Although I am not entirely against hospital births, I am a firm believe that normal, healthy pregnancies should be fully permissible to all midwives. However, high-risk pregnancies and births must remain the responsibility of skilled obstetricians. My heart’s desire is to do what is ultimately in the best interest of the mother, and her unborn child.
Why should I have a natural birth, “You don’t get a medal for going without drugs, you know.” Why go through the pain when you can get an injection that can take away just enough of the pain that you can still enjoy the labor? “There is no shame in asking for an epidural,” said Dr. Cynthia Wong of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University. In the United States more than 80% of pregnant women are now having c-sections. Epidurals give the mothers a chance to participate in the delivery and actually enjoy it. You can also get a walking epidural so that you can still push during the labor and cope with the pain.
Cons: The pros and cons do not outweigh one another, it seems that there are equivalent arguments and counterarguments for both sides. Some would say that the idea of the treatments “destroys” the traditional family. However, I disagree because a family is a family no matter who is in it. Those same people would argue that medical scientists are “playing God,” they say that a child is a gift from God himself. One statement from a woman on a website asking for people's opinions read, “ It is evil to create a child through artificial means.” Another read “if adoption were cheaper it would be a better alternative than IVF.” The medications may cause bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and nausea. Side effects that are the shots are worse and can
Many women today are doing more C-sections, also known as cesarean, than they are natural. Whether the reasons being because it’s more convenient or that some moms did not really have a choice, the percentage is still growing. “The cesarean delivery rate increased from 26% to 36.5% between 2003 and 2009; 50.0% of the increase was attributable to an increase in primary cesarean delivery (National Partnership for Women & Families, 201.)” There are many things to consider when deciding which is the right or safer choice. With both choices comes risks for the baby like, possible respiratory problems with a C-section. The mom has many risks to worry about for herself as well, like possibly hemorrhaging. There is also the recovery and the long-term effects that a woman has to put into consideration. They both have their pros and cons that should not be taken lightly.
Joseph Lee describes childbirth as a pathologic process that damages both mothers and babies “often and much.” He said that if birth were properly viewed as a destructive pathology rather than as a normal function, “the midwife would be impossible even of mention.” In the first issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DeLee proposed a sequence of interventions designed to save women from the ‘evils natural to labor.” The interventions included routine use of sedatives, ether, episiotomies, and forceps. (Put Citation)