Episode 40 Content and Overview
Natural birth is a birth without medical interventions, particularly anesthesia. It is not some hippie ideology that rejects the advances we have made in medicine. The picture a lot of expecting moms have when they think about natural birth is a mother having a baby in a bathtub at home. Natural birth does not have to be confined to your home, and many women do have a birth without any interventions in a hospital setting without chants going on and incense burning in the background. Natural birth is not just for hippies and this episode is really going to get into the science behind natural childbirth. By understanding the natural process of an uninterrupted birth you will be better able to understand how interventions can affect this process and why some women choose a natural birth.
Included in This Episode
- The natural process of going into labor
- The first stage of labor
- Stress hormones (Beta-endorphin)
- Transition & the second stage of labor
- Fight-or-flight hormones (catecholamines: adrenaline/epinephrine and noradrenaline/norepinephrine)
- Hormones at birth
- The effect of hormones on your baby
- The third stage of labor
- Electronic fetal monitoring
- Cesarean sections
- Questions you can ask your care provider if interventions are suggested
- Why do I need this procedure?
- What are the benefits to me and my baby?
- Are there other options available? If there are, what are they?
- What are the risks of the procedure?
- What are the risks if the procedure isn’t done?
- Can I delay the procedure? What are the risks of delaying the intervention?
- Taking a natural birth class
- Labor positions
- Review on continuous support during labor
- The Business of Being Born
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
- Sample birth plan
- Q&A Contact Vanessa with a question