BBL 015: Why Families Choose Natural Childbirth

Moms say they choose natural childbirth for many reasons, but some of those reasons come up again and again. In this podcast episode I cover the most compelling issues that lead families to choose natural births. I also cover why wishing for that “natural birth high” is the least selfish thing a mother can want for herself – and most importantly, for her baby!

Several research studies with important implications for families have been in the news recently, so I cover that research, too.

In this episode I cover:

  • Recent research about bed rest, pitocin, and fertility boosting diet
  • A quick overview of the “Cascade of Intervention”
  • Who is “the devil you know” and why that's better than “the devil you don't know” (!!!)
  • Real side effects that real moms have had from epidural anesthesia
  • Why the epidural causes babies to stay “persistently posterior” – who can't turn easily to be born
  • Positions and movement an un-medicated mom will make instinctively to help her baby be born
  • How epidurals hurt breast feeding
  • The best positions for pushing your baby out
  • How natural birth decreases the chance of shoulder dystocia, even for big babies
  • Why L&D nurses prefer caring for postpartum moms who've gone natural
  • Why desiring that “natural birth euphoria” is beneficial for you AND your baby
  • What “There You Are” is and how it prevents postpartum hemorrhage

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Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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  1. my physiological third stage led to less than 100ml blood-loss and I used maternity pads for two days and then panty liners for two weeks. As opposed to a 300ml loss and maternity pads for almost three months with my first. So worth it.

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