Originally Posted by pregnantresearcher
Hi. I am a pregnant grad student in anthropology. I have been doing my thesis research on birth (perfect timing, lucky me). I was wondering what ya'lls definition of "natural bith" is? I have heard a lot of different combinations. Does it include epidural, episiotomy, suction? What if someone has to reach up to dislodge a shoulder, turn a baby? I am interested in hearing what it might include versus what it doesn't.
(I would like to use any answers in my research as well, but names and identifing information will be changed for confidentiality.)
IMO... Most of Vaginal births are often not Natural births...
Epidural or any other drug, pitocin etc, artificially breaking the water, not being allowed to eat or drink, confinment to a bed or limited movement, having to birth in a position that goes against gravity, episiotimy, any kind of suction or forceps etc... all take away the natural part of a vaginal birth... It think that SD can be more natually dealt with with position changes etc then with someone "reaching up there"..
Natural to me... little or no fetal monitoring or cervical checks, free movement, free to eat and drink and do what ever the mom wants, able to labour and birth in the position the mom chooses, no drugs etc...
I think that it is very hard and almost impossible to have a Natural birth in a hopsital (though I know that some hospital must be better than others)... and I think that it is getting harder to have a natural birth with many midwives...