Are you one of the many women who feel strongly about natural childbirth? St. Vincent Women’s Services will work with you to create your ideal birth experience.
Each labor and delivery experience is unique. From natural childbirth to any necessary medical interventions, St. Vincent Health offers options to help you get as close as possible to the childbirth experience you want. Directly after giving birth, as long as there are no complications, your baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest and stays with you for 60 to 90 minutes to initiate the mother-baby bonding process and help facilitate breastfeeding.
One aspect of childbirth about which you’ll be asked to make a choice is your preferred pain relief methods.
Pain Relief During Natural Childbirth
St. Vincent offers multiple medication-based pain relief therapies, including local anesthetics, narcotic medications and nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). Your pain relief methods are your choice, however, and many women opt out of using medication-based methods and instead seek alternatives.
Alternative pain management therapies available at St. Vincent include:
Other methods that anecdotally help with labor pain include relaxing music, reflexology (the application of pressure to various parts of the feet to reduce pain), and walking or using certain yoga poses that involve pelvic tilts.
Have a conversation about your birth plan with your doctor well in advance of your due date. When everyone knows the plan going in, there’s a much greater chance of the process going as you wish.
Let us help you have the best birth experience possible. Visit stvincent.org/Services/Maternity-Services to learn more.