Tips for Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting

Pregnancy

 

In the USA giving birth in a hospital and doing so naturally and without medications is not the norm. Many nurses haven’t seen a natural birth and neither have many OBGYNs.So what’s a pregnant woman to do when she wants to birth naturally in a hospital? 

Tips for Birthing in a Hospital

Be Prepared

  • Take a birthing class that supports natural birthing (usually not the hospital class)
  • Read natural birthing books and stories of women that have birthed naturally such as Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.
  • Find a provider that is supportive of your natural birth choices – truly question your provider so that you know you both are supportive of natural birthing.
  • Visit your hospital birthing room to get a feel for the environment.

Birth Plan

  • Create a birth plan that specifies your birth options.
  • Include a after birth plan for what you’d like to have for your baby.
  • Give your birth plan ahead of time to your provider and give it to the nurses at each shift during your labor.

Doula

Have a Good Birth Team

  • Hire a doula
  • Discuss your birth wishes with your partner and ask for your partner’s support
  • Discuss your birth wishes with your family and also ask for your partner’s support.

Birth Day

  • Remember that every decision is yours to make.
  • Labor at home as long as possible – you’ll be more comfortable and avoid interventions.
  • Once at the hospital have your doula or your partner set up the environment for you per your requests.
  • You may want to avoid progress check-ups as much as possible unless medically necessary.
  • Consider requesting intermittent monitoring vs. continuous unless it’s medically necessary.
  • Request to move around and shift positions, walk, and be comfortable.
  • Ask for a birthing ball.
  • Request that any extra personnel not be allowed in the room
  • Be kind but firm in your decisions.

While birthing in a hospital without interventions is possible, you'll also want to learn how to navigate changes during the birth. Download the FREE Informed Consent: Questions to Ask to learn how to ask questions that help you make an informed decision.

With love,
Giselle Baumet


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