Natural childbirth is a popular choice for many women who wish to fully experience labor and delivery. It means a vaginal delivery without pain medication or medical intervention. Louisiana Women’s Healthcare supports your choice for how you’d like to experience the delivery of your baby, and the team stands ready to encourage and assist you as your baby makes their way into the world.
An epidural is the typical form of pain relief given to women during labor and delivery. An epidural blocks pain by eliminating feeling in the lower portion of your body. Anesthesiologists administer an epidural by inserting a needle and small catheter into the epidural space around your spinal cord. The nerves in your uterus and lower body become numb in about 15 minutes.
You are a good candidate for a natural childbirth if you:
If you want to have a natural childbirth, you’ll need to eat nutritious meals, exercise, and maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy.
If your doctor at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare believes you are at risk for complications, natural childbirth may not be right for you. Some of the factors that may indicate you’ll need medical intervention are that you:
Your team at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare will help you understand the benefits and risks of natural childbirth so that you can make an informed decision.
There are a number of pain management techniques you can use to help you birth your baby naturally. Drug-free ways to manage pain during labor and delivery include:
To learn more about natural childbirth and determine if it’s right for you, book a consultation at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare online or over the phone today.