mothers can choose from the various childbirth methods for giving birth to
their babies. Know more about the different childbirth
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.
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
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.
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
natural birthing is the preferred choice where there is minimal interference.
The drug use is also very limited.
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
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.
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
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