What is a natural vaginal delivery?
A natural vaginal delivery can mean different things to different people. Some women consider that they’ve had a natural birth if they gave birth vaginally, no matter what happened during the lead up. Whereas for others, having a natural birth is part of a much broader labor and birth experience. To some women, this means a birth experience sans medical pain relief,
What are the benefits?
Because you’ll be using your own body and instincts instead of defaulting to medical intervention, natural birth methods may make you feel more empowered throughout the process of delivery. Here are a few other benefits to consider:
- You’ll be able to move: Many women find comfort in the ability to move during labor as a way to cope with pain. Whether it’s walking the halls, taking a hot shower or swaying on an exercise ball, you’ll have the freedom to move about pretty much as you please with a natural birth — whereas with an epidural you’re usually confined to bed.
- Pushing may be more effective: Because you won’t receive a pain-relieving drug, you won’t lose any sensation and will be able to move more easily.
- You may be able to walk sooner: You’ll be able to get out of bed and walk around sooner post-birth, since you won’t be numb from the epidural or groggy from medication.
Am I a good candidate for natural vaginal delivery?
You’re likely a good candidate for natural birth if you are only expecting one baby, are considered full-term (or are at least 37 weeks along in your pregnancy), have no chronic health problems and have experienced no pregnancy complications and have kept within a healthy weight range during pregnancy.
Request an appointment in the San Fernando Valley
Let our medical professionals help you determine if a natural vaginal birth is right for you. Call (818) 346-5000 or request an appointment online to meet with Dr. Gary Ott at Premier Women’s Health Associates. We proudly serve Calabasas, West Lake, Thousand Oaks, and the surrounding areas in the San Fernando Valley from our office in West Hills, California.