Birthing Naturally's Natural Childbirth Philosophy
Within this site you will find information, assistance and solutions to many of your childbirth questions. The information is presented in a way to help you prepare for a natural childbirth, knowing many women have access to pain medications if they decide they need them during labor. While the childbirth knowledge contained covers a wide range of topics, they are all explored from the seven points of the Birthing Naturally Childbirth Philosophy.
Pregnancy is normal and healthy for the female body. A woman's health is affected by many factors, including her nutrition, activity level and the amount of stress in her daily life.
- Learn how what you eat affects your health in the pregnancy nutrition section.
- Find out how pregnancy exercise can help you feel good and stay comfortable.
- Investigate the process of pregnancy and learn ways to adjust to the many pregnancy symptoms in the Monthly Guide to Pregnancy.
Much of the work for a natural childbirth is completed before labor ever begins. By ensuring optimum health, understanding options and removing any fears, concerns and worries, you will more effectively handle the process of labor.
- Examine the options you have for childbirth and how to talk to caregivers in the birth planning section.
- Discover the sources of pain in childbirth and the theories of pain management.
Explore your strengths and weaknesses to determine what you need to get through labor while you work through emotional preparation for childbirth.
No woman chooses the circumstances of her labor and childbirth. She only decides how to respond to the circumstances she finds herself in.
- Study the process of a normal labor.
- Practice comfort techniques and learn positions for labor.
- Familiarize yourself with the signs of starting labor.
The female body was designed to give birth. A healthy woman should have only about a 5% chance of a complication during the childbirth process.
- Understand the common childbirth challenges and the variety of ways you can work around them.
- Consider the option of home birth.
The amount of discomfort felt, and the extent to which labor is painful is dependent on several factors. Some factors can be controlled, some can be influenced, and others are unchangeable.
- Tackle the sources of pain in childbirth so you can make any necessary changes now.
- Practice comfort measures and positions and gather your tools for labor.
Every woman is a unique individual. By understanding the way you were created you have a better chance of working successfully with your body during labor.
- Write the perfect birth plan for your body.
- Play with the virtual labor to find out what you like and don't like as options.
- Work through the birth preparation activities to help you figure out what you would like for childbirth.
A woman's faith and beliefs are a major part of her identity and how she reacts to every day situations. All belief systems are not the same, and a woman's beliefs should not be excluded from her labor.
- Find a childbirth educator, doula or midwife who understands your beliefs in the Natural Childbirth Directory.
- Christian women can find information written from a Biblical Perspective in the Christian Childbirth section. Women of other belief systems are invited to read the section as a source of ideas for using their faith and beliefs for strength in labor.