Are you expecting a baby? First off, congratulations! Whether this is your first time or your
fourth, it's truly a magical experience.
Each woman's journey through pregnancy and childbirth is unique and personal. Some women may have a natural birth, while others might opt for a cesarean section. Either way, what's best is that you opt for a process that prioritizes your and your baby's health and well-being.
If you're thinking of having your baby naturally, the first thing to consider is if you’re a suitable candidate for this approach.
Rest assured that at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology in Rochester Hills, Lenox, and Troy, Michigan, our team of highly qualified OB/GYNs and medical professionals choose and guide you through the most suitable delivery for your pregnancy.
Here, we break down what to expect from a natural delivery and help you learn if you could be an ideal candidate.
When you opt for a natural birth, you are choosing to deliver your baby without medical interventions such as certain pain medications or surgical procedures like C-sections.
During a natural birth, we provide a supportive and comfortable environment along with nonmedical pain management techniques, such as breathing exercises, to help ease the process.
To determine if a natural birth is best for you, we consider several factors, including:
Before recommending a natural birth, we first determine if your pregnancy has been low, medium, or high risk.
To have a successful natural birth, a low-risk and healthy pregnancy is crucial. Women with high-risk pregnancies are at a higher risk of developing complications during childbirth.
Another critical factor we consider is your baby's position in your belly. The ideal position is for your baby to be head-down. If your child is in a breech (feet first) or horizontal position, this can make a natural birth more complicated.
If this isn't your first rodeo with a natural birth, the odds are that you can have a seamless and successful natural birth. But we may suggest a different approach if you've experienced complications with previous deliveries.
Feel free to communicate your desires to us if your heart is set on a natural delivery. We're then able to guide you through the viability of having a natural birth and create a birth plan tailored to your needs.
We also recommend resources, such as childbirth classes or support groups, to help you prepare for a natural birth experience.
As your pregnancy progresses, we continue to monitor your health and your baby's health and adapt your birth plan if necessary for your and your baby's safety.
Whether natural or otherwise, a safe and healthy delivery of your new bundle of joy is our priority for you. Let us take charge of your delivery today. Make an appointment online or call us to get started.