Top 3 Birthing Methods for Avoiding Injury

Giving birth is a natural process, but it does carry a large risk of injury to the baby and the mother. Unfortunately, many of these risks seem to stem from the way childbirth is treated in hospitals. Medical professionals in the United States often treat childbirth as a medical problem, especially in the way it causes pain for the mother. While there is certainly nothing

wrong with making the birthing process easier, many U.S. doctors seem to go too far in attempting to make labor and childbirth as quick and painless as possible; sometimes at the risk of mother or child.

There are methods of childbirth that are safer than others. Here are the top three birthing methods for avoiding injury to the baby or the mother.

1. Natural Childbirth

Not surprisingly, a natural vaginal birth is the safest method of birthing a child. However, a “natural” birth also involves allowing the baby to be born with minimal intervention from doctors or hospital staff. During labor, a woman’s body naturally releases hormones that are beneficial to her and her baby and make the process easier. There should be no need for epidural anesthesia, and in ideal conditions, no need for forceps or a vacuum extraction. As long as complications do not arise, a natural birth is safest for both mother and child.

2. Using a Side-Lying Position

Most women give birth lying on their backs. While this is  fairly safe, some women find that lying on their side is best when giving birth to larger babies, or during particularly lengthy labor. Giving birth in this position promotes relaxation and minimizes extra muscular effort. This works best in later stages of labor when gravity is no longer a factor in the birthing process.

3. Caesarean Section

A caesarean section is a major, invasive surgery; but it is often necessary if a baby is too large to pass through the mother’s pelvis, or if it is not in the head-down position. A caesarean section is actually very safe when performed by medical professionals. It is the preferred delivery method for women who have had previous caesarean sections since the surgery weakens the uterus and makes vaginal birth difficult.

Sources:
http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/birth-positions.html
http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/delivery-methods