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I consider natural childbirth to be a birth with no medical intervention such as inductions, pain medications, or someone breaking the water. I think natural is when you go into labor on your own and pretty much do the birth on your own with trained professionals to supervise for safety and give you a hand when you need it. Moving around, helping to catch baby, bring you things, etc...
I would most definitely consider an alternative method if my health or the health of my baby was in question.
I consider natural childbirth to be a birth with no medical intervention such as inductions, pain medications, or someone breaking the water. I think natural is when you go into labor on your own and pretty much do the birth on your own with trained professionals to supervise for safety and give you a hand when you need it. Moving around, helping to catch baby, bring you things, etc....
This. I'm not sure if I consider my birth true NCB or not. My midwife induced me at 42 weeks. Granted my induction involved having my membranes swept, breast pump and castor oil and not pit but I still didn't go into spontaneous labor.
Of course I would accept interventions if mine or my baby's health depended on it.
For me natural birth is no unnecessary interventions. I really don't want induction drugs and I want to avoid pain relief if possible (other than a TENS machine). However if baby was in distress or there was any danger/risk I would of course be happy to allow drugs. This time round though, I am determined to be more in control, more informed, and have the final say on what drugs and interventions I do and don't have.
My definition is no pain meds, no induction of any kind (that includes "natural" inductions), very little or no interventions (fetoscope, blood pressure, is fine).
If someone doesn't have pain meds but does use induction or other interventions then I consider that an unmedicated birth.
As long as mom/baby are happy, healthy and informed on their options then I don't care what they choose. I don't care if others consider their induced, laying in bed with EFM but no pain meds to be NCB. It is just my *personal* opinion on what I consider to be a NCB vs unmedicated.
I strive for NCB because I believe in many circumstances that is what is best and healthiest. But if my trusted provider thought I needed an intervention then I would listen to her and take that into careful consideration and if need be I would do said intervention.
I don't get caught up in the definitions though it does annoy me when people say they had a natural birth but mean vaginal.
I will say I had a ncb or pain med free birth depending on who I'm talking to. I had pre-e and declined an induction but obviously had to be on magnesium sulfate. But I tried to avoid as many unnecessary interventions as possible.
I don't like defining NCB. I think it just leads to hurt feelings and people feeling the need to defend themselves. Mine was in a hospital, with constant fetal monitoring, on my back, I probably did it the hard way. Even though I had spontaneous labor and no pain meds there are some that wouldn't consider mine natural.
If you managed to do it with out any pain meds, I think you can call it natural. The people that manage to do it with pitocin and no pain meds should prob get a medal from what I've heard.
But I do get a little annoyed when people who have had an epi and the works call it natural because they pushed a little.
My definition is No pain meds, No induction meds, and No unnecessary interventions. I'm all for natural induction methods once passed 42 weeks. My water broke on it's own which I'm happy about. I only would agree to that if I wasn't progressing for a long period of time. Even with my water broke, I still staled at 6cm for almost 5 hours so how can they prove that it helps you dilate? Had I been at a hospital, they probably would have given me pit which would have been obviously unnecessary. My body was on it's own time schedule.