Natural Childbirth

If you’ve decided to have a natural childbirth, consider delivering your baby with the OB/GYN experts at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For a range of delivery options with or without medical intervention, the team at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare goes above and beyond to customize every woman’s birth experience and help them create joyful memories of their special day. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.

Louisiana Women's Healthcare

Obstetricians & Gynecologists (OB/GYNs) in Baton Rouge, LA

Natural Childbirth Q & A

What is a natural childbirth?

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.

What is an epidural?

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.

Who is a candidate for a natural childbirth?

You are a good candidate for a natural childbirth if you:

  • Want to avoid the side effects of medications
  • Want to fully experience the birth of your baby
  • Desire to decrease the chances for medical intervention
  • Are considered full-term or 37 weeks pregnant
  • Have had a pregnancy without complications

If you want to have a natural childbirth, you’ll need to eat nutritious meals, exercise, and maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy.

When should I choose not to have a natural childbirth?

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:

  • Are pregnant with more than one baby
  • Have a baby in the breech position
  • Developed preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • Are a Group B strep carrier
  • Are preterm or less than 37 weeks pregnant
  • Are overweight

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.

What are natural pain management techniques?

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:

  • Walking
  • Massage therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Breathing exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Hypnosis

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.