Why Natural Births?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I will share with you MY OWN PERSONAL reasons, based on my own personal research.

I’m sure you know that there will be a LOT of different opinions, and some people will devolve into being judgy or feeling judged, so be prepared to close this if it goes south.


Anyway, I decided I wanted to have an intervention-free birth experience.  

I wanted to avoid being induced because if I hadn’t gone into labor, it is because my body and/or my baby isn’t ready.  I did go past my EDD by 8 days.  

I didn’t want to be restricted from eating and drinking, and I didn’t want to be confined to a bed during labor.  Once you get an epi, most often both of those things happen.

In order to get an epi, you have to have a full bag of IV fluid.  This can artificially elevate the baby’s birthweight which can cause some concern since babies usually lose a little weight at first as they learn how to feed.  Babies with an artificially elevated birth weight tend to lose that fluid along with what they would have lost in the first place, so it can raise concerns with health care providers.

Often, getting an epidural slows down labor.  They give you pitocin to speed it back up, then the baby is feeling all of these intense, unnatural contractions and their heart rates go berzerk… fetal distress.  Some of these instances result in an emergency c-section.

Some epidurals cause your entire lower half to go completely numb (they can turn it down though, or do what they call a ‘walking epi” where you can still feel pressure and move your legs to a certain degree) but if you don’t feel the contractions at all or the urge to push, it is more difficult to push effectively.  You end up bearing down as hard as you possibly can which can result in more tearing and hemorrhoids.

I didn’t want to be hooked up to anything that could make me feel loopy, since I wanted to do immediate skin to skin bonding and nursing.  I wanted to be able to get up, walk around.  I wanted to labor in any position my body felt like it needed to.  I was able to use the shower, the yoga ball, the tub, and I was able to push in an all-fours position as well as a squatting position.  Both of those positions allow the pelvis to open so much more than being restricted to laying on my back.

Interventions beget interventions, and it’s like a cascade.  A happens, so B must happen, which makes C happen, etc.

I know in the situations I described those things don’t happen every single time, but certain things increas the chances of other things, and TO ME, it wasn’t worth it.  I wanted to trust my body to do what it was supposed to do, exactly how and when it was supposed to do it.  I was in a hospital in the event something didn’t go according to plan, at which point I would have been open to discussing other alternatives.

At the end of the day, all we want are health babies and healthy mamas.

Post # 4
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am considering it for my next baby because my first & only birthing experience a decade ago was a freaking NIGHTMARE.

For all I know, this next one could be a nightmare too, but I’d like to at least give it a shot from an angle I haven’t tried- which would be an unmedicated & intervention free.

Post # 5
2740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For me, it was because epidurals tend to slow down labor, which leads to getting pitocin to get things moving again, which leads to more intense contractions, which leads to fetal distress (erratic heartbeat), often culminating in a c-section because baby needs to get out NOW.  I wanted to avoid that “cascade of interventions”.  I also wanted to be able to move about freely and change positions during labor.

(And just FYI, I know you mean no offense, but these threads always blow up).

Post # 6
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@Stiletto13:  I think a lot of it is that it’s just not necessary. I’ve heard lots of people use the phrase “women did it for thousands of years without drugs and they turned out just fine”

Post # 7
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I want a low intervention birth in part because of the side effects of medicine and induction. From the research I have done, epidurals can slow down labor, and they force you to labor in bed.  I want to be up moving around, which can make things progress faster, ease pain, and get the baby in the correct position for a fast delivery.  My hospital allows unmedicated moms to push in a variety of positions that an epidural wouldn’t allow.  Inductions can increase the pain of labor, plus they exponetnially increase the likelihood of c-section, which I adamently do not want.  Healing after a natural birth tends to be faster and easier.

Just my choice.  Every mama needs to research her options and make the decision for herself based on her circumstances and comfort level.  Birthing class has really helped me unsderstand the pros and cons of interventions and help made my decision.  I plan to take it one contraction at a time and go from there.




Post # 8
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think I would go all natural because I’m a total wuss. But as others have said, epidurals and meds can sometimes have negative affects on labor and/or the baby.

I personally disagree with the argument of “women have been doing this for thousands of years”. Yes we have, but it was also the #1 cause for fatality.

Post # 9
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Thank you for this question and responces! I’m not preggers or trying to conceive yet, but I’m glad to read these responces! I’ll admit I’ve always wondered about this as well. I mean, if I go to the dentist for a procedure and have the option of getting pain meds or not getting pain meds – I always get the meds! So I’ve always looked at labor the same way. I know I’ll have to do my own research and come to my own decision, but it’s nice to hear the reasoning other women have used to make this decision. So it’s good to hear about other issues like not being able to move around and get out of bed. 

Post # 10
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Westwood:  I actually agree with you on that!  Yes, women have been doing this for millions of years … but also dying from it.  However, I think that with prenatal care (being able to monitor issues and knowing when intervention is necessary) and being under the supervision of doctors with the other comforts of modern medicine, a med-free birth is a great option for some people.   I think it’s great that women can choose the experience they want to strive for, for the most part.

Post # 11
1905 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve never had a baby but I’ve read a lot of articles both for and against natural births. But my favorite  article was saying stop the for or against wars. The point of labor is to have a healthy baby. The means doesn’t matter. Do what’s right for you and your body

Post # 13
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would NEVER judge anyone about their birth choices. My close friends have had their babies many different ways and everyone got a beautiful baby in the end and that’s what’s most important.

For me, I see labor and birth as a normal process that my body can experience. I view the pain as something that doesn’t need medical intervention, because I am not sick. Pregnancy and labor is a sign that my body is healthy and functioning as it should. While I plan to deliver in hospital, because I acknowledge that scary stuff can happen, I don’t want any medical interventions if labor and birth is going as expected. Most of all, I see labor as a unique experience in life in which my body is capable of doing an incredible thing and I don’t want to mask that experience in any way. 

Post # 14
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would never judge someone else’s choices for birth.  Frankly, it’s none of my business how they get their baby out!  It’s not like their epidural impacts me at all.  Or my natual birth causes them more pain.  To each their own!  I just think it’s good to know that you do have options, barring certain health concerns, and you can choose what works for you.

Post # 15
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Westwood:  ‘I personally disagree with the argument of “women have been doing this for thousands of years”. Yes we have, but it was also the #1 cause for fatality.’

I’m not a mama yet, but I just wanted to chime in and say I agree with this! I also don’t really agree with expressions about birth being what our bodies are “built to do.” I think it’s important to bear evolutionary tradeoffs in mind. We evolved to walk upright, which resulted in some necessary modifications to our pelvis size and shape. At the same time, humans were developing larger skulls than other primates. Over time, a narrower birth canal and a larger baby head selected for babies that could survive earlier and earlier births, before their heads got too large (ever wonder why human babies are helpless and dependent for a much longer time after birth than babies of other species? partly because it’s biologically necessary for survival that we push them out before they’re done developing those giant noggins! lol).

Sorry for all of the sciencing just now. (Nerd here.) My point is that we as a species are very much not done resolving this conflict between bipedalism and big brains. Evolutionarily speaking, I think we’re still kind of half baked, lol.  So I don’t really feel that my body is 100% “built” to deliver a baby or that medical intervention is necessarily a bad thing.

That doesn’t mean I’ll be a fan of medical interventions in my own case when I do have a baby, but I also don’t buy into the notion that “natural” automatically = better or that you’ve failed your biology by not delivering naturally. It’s purely an individual choice and I believe there is no wrong choice that comes out of a desire for a healthy mama and baby. I have a LOT of respect for mamas of all stripes. However you decide to give birth, you’re giving birth for cripe’s sakes, and that is amazing!! I love hearing everyone’s different rationales.

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