Discovering The Childbirth Option That's Right For You
Upon learning that you are pregnant, one of the first realizations that most womentend to have is that they are going to have to eventually give birth. While this may seem like an obvious fact, it is decidedly abstract in some women's minds until which time as they learn that they are actually going to be the one going through the labor and delivery process in less than forty short weeks. And the dawning of this realization will then bring with it a multitude of questions and concerns, not the least of which is regarding which birth option is best suited to your wants and needs.
If you are found to be in the high risk category, unfortunately your birth options will be decidedly limited. If your health care practitioner has deemed you high risk, it is generally in the best interest of yourself and your child to give birth in a hospital, where the most advanced medical equipment is available to meet your needs. If you and your child are completely healthy however, there is no medical reason for you to give birth in a hospital. You may decide that you would be more at ease in a birthing center or in the comfort of your own home.
When considering the location you wish to give birth, you must also consider the availability of your health care professional to deliver in the chosen location. Many OB/GYN's are restricted by insurance companies to delivering in certain locations (generally hospitals or birthing centers). If you are considering a home childbirth, your best bet is to find yourself a certified midwife. A midwife in general will have much more freedom with regard to the location of the delivery. Many midwives specialize specifically in facilitating a home birht.
If you decide to have a home birth, it is imperative to consider that your labor and delivery will be taking place with as little medical intervention as possible. Your midwife and doula (if you choose to employ one) will work with you to make sure your labor is progressing as quickly and as painlessly as possible, without having to resort to drugs or other types of medical intervention. If you are looking for a natural childbirth experience, having a home birth is as natural as you are going to get. Keep in mind that every birth is different. No matter how carefully you plan, the situation can change at any time. It is always prudent to have a back-up plan in place just in case something goes wrong. Having a plan that includes being prepared to move to the nearest hospital in the event that a safety issue arises will make sure that you and your baby are not put under any unnecessary stress during your birthing experience.
by: Andi BearkAbout the Author:Andi Beark is an advocate of natural pregnancy and childbirth as well as being a main contributor for Mothers Naturally. Mothers Naturally is a public education program for the Midwives Alliance of North America. Mothers Naturally celebrates the journey of natural pregnancy and natural childbirth, and believes in keeping the public informed of their birth options and the importance of the role they play during pregnancy and labor.