Giving birth naturally can be quite an achievement. Natural childbirth is where a pregnant woman experiences labor and delivery without the use of pain medication. A woman’s body is pre-programmed to handle childbirth and the labor pains that come along with it. If women knew all of their options when it comes to giving birth naturally, then maybe the rates at which women receive epidurals would go down. If women were properly educated on the facts of natural childbirth, how they might feel after birth, how their recovery would go, maybe fewer women would be afraid to take this route and begin to feel more empowered.
Women know that there are some risks when it comes to giving birth. Some women can develop complications that need to be addressed and, if possible, corrected. According to the American Pregnancy Association (2012), there are roughly 37 different complications that a pregnant woman could encounter sometime during her pregnancy. The most common complications are RH Negative Disease, Group B Strep, Preterm Labor, Gestational Diabetes and Low Birth Weight. These complications can lead a low-risk woman to being high-risk and needing care that could prevent her from being able to give birth naturally.
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