Pregnancy is a bizarre mix of options and forced decisions. You might have been able to control when you tried to get pregnant, but your body was in control of when it actually happened. Now you are working toward an inevitable deadline. The baby inside you will definitely come out, but sometimes you have quite a bit of say over where and sometimes even when he does.
You have many options today about where and how you will give birth. Before signing up for the more typical hospital delivery, you should at least consider the other options available to you.
Birthing centers encourage all kinds of pain control such as birthing balls, rocking, walking and rest, but they are not in a position to offer epidurals or other serious pain medications. If you have no reason to suspect anything but an uncomplicated vaginal delivery and are ready to face labor and delivery head on, a birthing center might be the soothing, supportive environment you need.
Hospitals allow all kinds of deliveries, but the most popular is the vaginal delivery with the assistance of pain medication. Natural deliveries free of pain control and cesarean sections round out the majority of deliveries.
If you are a first time mother or have any reason to be concerned about delivery or your labor, a hospital will offer you help should you need it. There are many reasons some babies are born via cesarean delivery and your doctor may request you undergo a C-section for your safety or that of the baby. A cesarean delivery is major surgery and must be performed by a doctor in a hospital. A step below major surgery is an induced delivery where certain medications are used to start and continue your labor to help deliver the baby at a particular time for a particular reason.
Whatever birth option you choose prior to delivery, be fully aware that you are not in control of your body or your baby. Be ready for a change in plans at any time during your labor or at the point of delivery. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to experience your dream delivery. You’ll realize soon enough that any method used to bring your baby into the world is truly a miracle.
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