• You're Having a Baby!

    High-touch, low-tech birthing options
  • With research to support its advantages, trends suggest that modern women are drifting back towards a more natural, drug-free approach to bringing their babies into the world. With higher success rates for breastfeeding, better bonding experiences and a reduced need for medical intervention, some moms are choosing home births and birthing centers instead of hospitals.
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    • What to consider when choosing a non-hospital b...
      • Does your health care provider consider your situation low risk and appropriate for a non-hospital setting?

      • Tour the facility. Talk to staff, interview potential midwife and ...
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      What to consider when choosing a non-hospital birthing option:
      • Does your health care provider consider your situation low risk and appropriate for a non-hospital setting?

      • Tour the facility. Talk to staff, interview potential midwife and ask about credentials.

      • Does the facility support your choice of birthing methods? What is the policy on pain medication? This could mean that you will not have the option to have an epidural or other type of pain management at the birth center.

      • Explore the range of services offered. Do they offer classes/workshops, pre-and-post birth support?

      • Check with your insurance provider as coverage varies widely. Payment options should be discussed in advance.

      • Ask what the emergency backup plan is, what hospital the center is affiliated with, and how long it takes to get there. Under what circumstances would you be transferred?



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      Natural Methods for Pain Control

      Water Births

      Water births are highly rated by mothers who use a bathtub, birthing tub, temperature-reduced hot tub or other pool of water while in labor. The effect of buoyancy allows easier position changes for the mother. Water relieves gravity's pull on her body which inhibits the growth of stress-related hormones and encourages the production of pain inhibitors-endorphins that complement labor. Many midwives and doctors acknowledge the analgesic effect of water.

      Maternity Acupressure

      This is a natural technique for inducing labor and/or pain management during labor. It is based on the fundamentals of acupuncture, but uses only fingertips and thumbs on pressure points that are either compressed or rubbed in order to help with specific issues.

      Doula

      Women who choose to have a doula present during labor and birth are less likely to have pain medication, less likely to have a cesarean and have a more positive birth experience overall. A doula's sole focus is to provide guidance, comfort and support, and to create an environment of relaxation during labor.

      Prenatal Massage

      Prenatal massage helps to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots and improve circulation and mobility. Therapists are specially trained in prenatal massage techniques and sessions are tailored to meet the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.

      Natal Hypnotherapy

      Learning hypnosis techniques enables your mind and body to relax, and practicing during pregnancy helps relieve pregnancy-associated stress and discomfort. Achieving a deep state of relaxation can diminish the perception of pain at the time of the birth.
  • With research to support its advantages, trends suggest that modern women are drifting back towards a more natural, drug-free approach to bringing their babies into the world. With higher success rates for breastfeeding, better bonding experiences and a reduced need for medical intervention, some moms are choosing home births and birthing centers instead of hospitals.
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