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Childbirth Methods

Childbirth Methods

Pregnant mothers can choose from the various childbirth methods for giving birth to their babies. Know more about the different childbirth methods.

The maternal instinct regarding childbirth is found to come quite readily to most women. Giving birth to a new life is almost a natural act that the body of the woman is programmed to perform. It is considered to be an exciting, wonderful and a fulfilling adventure that the mother has through her period of pregnancy right up to the delivery.

A lot of stress and anxiety revolves around the birthing process and the woman needs to be well informed and aware of what is to be expected in order to be able to choose and decide on the childbirth method that she wants to have. Given below are a few birthing methods that are in practice:

The Traditional Childbirth Method

This method is followed by the majority of the women around the world. It involves an attending doctor and hospitalisation. Here the fact that the woman is under continual surveillance and care of a doctor gives her a lot of confidence. Being in touch with a professional obstetrician and a clinical approach to her rapidly altering health condition allays her fears regarding the ‘unknown’ pain and other associated myths regarding childbirth.

But there are some downsides to this approach too. Most often the mother is rushed to the labour room, the moment she feels the contractions and is drugged heavily and strapped to the bed. Her legs are positioned to the stirrups and preparations for the birth are on. The downside here is, with the legs up to the stirrups, the woman has to go against gravity as she is asked to push her baby down. This result is harder contractions, prolonged labour and enhanced pain.

 These days, natural birthing is the preferred choice where there is minimal interference. The drug use is also very limited.

Natural Childbirth Method

This method is believed to benefit the mother and baby equally. The mother here not only has more control over her delivery, but the baby born ‘naturally’ also is believed to be more alert as the drug content in its bloodstream is near to negligible. Natural birth can be planned at home or the hospital and it must be ensured that there are trained midwives and staff who are specifically trained to administrate this birthing procedure.

Lamaze Method of Childbirth

Lamaze childbirth method is a conditioning birth process where the woman is taught to concentrate on her breathing techniques so that she can effectively control the labour pain while simultaneously maintaining her consciousness. She is also taught other relaxation inducing methods which enable her to manage labour well. The oxygen flow to the baby also increases through the breathing techniques.

LeBoyer Childbirth Method

Here the delivery is administered in a quiet and dim room. This is to control and avoid overstimulation of the baby. The mother-child bonding is also initiated by placing the baby on the abdomen of the woman right after delivery so that she can massage and soothe him. The father is asked to wash the baby in warm water after that.

Water Childbirth

This method has become quite popular these days. The premise here is, since the baby has been growing in a fluid for the whole of nine months in his mother’s womb, water childbirth would be more conducive. The mother is made to sit in a tub of lukewarm water and a natural birth takes place. A midwife holds the baby as soon as it is delivered. Here the contractions are smoother and the pain is also comparatively less as the push is not occurring against gravity.

Given all the different options of childbirth method, one need to understand that it is not only the expecting mother’s choice but the doctor’s opinion also matters a lot. After all, it is the doctor who is best equipped to comment on the physical condition of the mother and the medical repercussions of her choice. With all the stress and pressures of the modern life, it is indeed a challenge to develop the required confidence and follow their intuitions simultaneously so as to go with the choice of her maternal instinct regarding the choice of childbirth method.

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Prateek.7 years ago
Please give some more information about these different methods as the information given here is very brief.
Sindhu.7 years ago
By knowing about different childbirth methods, women can take an informed decision and choose the option. Great article
Geet.7 years ago
Nice piece of well researched article...great to know about different childbirth methods.
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