Water birthing can help you achieve a natural, drug-free birth. Here’s what one mom discovered about natural childbirth, and why she’s decided to have a water birth for her first baby.
This post is part of the Pregnancy: A Natural Phenomenon series.
Guest Post by Brenda of Triple Braided
Two years ago my best friend had her first baby. She was the first of my close friends to have a baby, so the birthing lingo was completely new to me. I knew some of the basics–C-section, epidural, and water-breaking–but other than that I was lost in the dark when it came to birthing babies. All I pretty much thought was that you get pregnant and nine months later you deliver a baby. The end.
Then she told me she was having a water birth. And she went on to explain what water births entail – no drugs.
Now even though I did not know a lot about delivering babies, I knew that if I ever had the blessing of having a baby I wanted drugs! I think at some point in my younger days I even said, “I sure do wish it was like in the olden days when they just knocked you out to have a baby!”
The bottom line: Pain was not an option.
Then my best friend had a water birth. She told me every detail. I even saw pictures. (Yes, we’re that close.)
She did not sugar-coat the pain involved in delivering her baby naturally. In fact, right after the delivery she said that she didn’t know if she’d do it again. It was that painful.
Then baby number two came along. And she did it again.
I still was not convinced.
Until I got pregnant.
I started asking my friend more details about this whole water birth thing, particularly the reasons she chose it. She explained that she was going to another doctor at the beginning of her first pregnancy. This doctor flat out told her that she would probably not be able to deliver over a six pound baby because of her small frame. He told her she could try to deliver the baby naturally, but she would be an “out of control mother in labor.”
My friend was offended. She admitted that he was a good doctor, but just more of a surgeon with the mentality of a surgeon, used to doing C-sections, than a natural baby delivery doctor.
Basically that doctor’s philosophy is that pregnancy is a medical condition that needs to be treated.
So she went to another doctor. And yes, she delivered that 8 pound 10 ounce baby girl right there in the water! Without any drugs. But with a lot of pain.
In my research of birthing babies, this is some of the information I have learned, and my reasoning for planning a natural, water birthing experience.
What I’ve Learned about Childbirth:
- A lot of times inductions and C-sections are scheduled out of convenience for the doctors, hospitals, and parents–not as a medical necessity.
- This helps the hospital make more money by being able to schedule births and possibly fit more into a day.
- Babies’ growth at the end of their term is important. Vital organs are still developing. Nature knows when the time is right for delivery.
- Inductions, C-sections, and epidurals are more expensive.
- Epidurals can prolong labor, increasing the opportunity for complications and increasing the possibility for a C-section.
- Childbirth is not a medical condition, so it’s not necessary to treat it as such.
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Why I Am Planning a Natural, Water Birth
- Childbirth is natural. God gave women the ability to birth babies.
- Your body goes into another physiological and mental state when birthing a baby, so even though the pain is still there, your body is prepared to deal with it in a variety of ways.
- I want the most natural experience for my child with no added risks.
- I want my child and my body to dictate what is needed in childbirth, not the doctors and hospital.
- There are a variety of pain management techniques that can be used including a birthing tub.
- The baby moves into an environment that is more like the inside of your body. There is not as much shock for the baby.
- Water births many times reduce or even eliminate tearing.
- Water is helpful in aiding the process by being in a sitting position and using gravity and buoyancy. Water also provides relief in many ways.
- If water can be a positive pain management aid, then why not?
But more than anything, a natural birth is an opportunity for me to see God’s strength show up within me and for me to grow my faith by knowing that I can do the unthinkable only through Him.
Because at this point in my pregnancy I am healthy, I see having a natural birth as a gift with a safety net. A safety net waiting to catch the baby and me with an induction or epidural or C-section if something does not go ideally. And after going through my husband’s heart transplant, I know that medical events do not always go as planned. It is my plan, but God’s plan will prevail, and that’s the one that will bring Him glory.
Do you want more information and stories about natural births and water births? Here are some resources:
Water Birth: Why We Chose this Route by Intentional by Grace
Samuel’s Birthing Story by Intentional by Grace
A Tale of Two Births: Medicated VS. Natural Hospital Births by The Humbled Homemaker
How to Achieve a Natural Birth in the Hospital by The Humbled Homemaker
What are your thoughts on water birth?
After years of living a discontented single life, Brenda laid down her dreams and began focusing on the only One who can truly give her the desires of her heart. A few years later she found herself laying down her dreams again as her new husband underwent a heart transplant. Now she encourages other women to live a life surrendered to Jesus through every season – singleness, marriage, and motherhood – at her blog Triple Braided and on Facebook. She is also learning to be a mommy for when she welcomes her first baby in October!
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