Thursday, May 15, 2014

What is Normal Birth - Part 4

We've been talking about what Normal Birth is, and what interventions are and are not a part of Normal Birth. Today I want to look at why it's important to understand the process of Normal Birth.

Why Is It Important to Understand Normal Birth?

Think of Normal Birth as the train tracks that your labor and delivery are on. When you know what tracks look like, you can tell whether or not your birth is "on the right track".
  1. Know whether or not interventions are needed. As discussed in Part 2 and Part 3 of the Normal Birth video series, some interventions are considered part of the Normal Birth process because they help you stay on the tracks when you've hit a small bump in the road and labor is just starting to get off course. There's a difference between intervening and interfering. The interventions that are considered part of Normal Birth are included because they are seen as ones that help the natural process, rather than interfering with it and potentially causing more problems that require substantial interventions.
  2. Eliminate fear. You shouldn't have to be afraid of childbirth. Childbirth is a normal and natural process and our culture has created so much fear around something that most people simply don't understand. We fear things we don't understand or haven't experienced. Understanding what is normal and what is an emergency or a complication requiring medical assistance will help you stay calm and embrace the process, even if it is uncharted territory for you!
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