If you're amongst the many women that have had the harrowing postnatal experience of a ceasarian delivery and have become advocates of natural births, then you're part of a revolution. Being confined to a bed for about four-five days after my super-emergency and preterm delivery, I have sprung to the opposite end of the spectrum and have become an advocate for vaginal deliveries because thats the way nature meant for babies to be born. You wouldn't be a female if your body didnt have the ability to birth a child. Trust your body, instead have a hold over your mind that actually has authority over the pain.
Many women contemplate, today, contemplate giving birth at home because they have become more health-conscious. They want to forgo the high-tech atmosphere and interventions of a hospital. You're a good candidate for a home birth if you're in good health and have few complications, they you certainly opt for them.
* Pick a birth-assistant (a pro) with solid experience: When interviewing, be sure to ask about the number of births she's attended, both as a primary (where she was in charge) and as an assistant. You want someone that's been the primary birth attendant in at least 100 births.
* Your practitioner should be confident in handling emergencies and is bringing appropriate equipment: Ask specific questions about the range of complications she's handled. She should have the knowledge and equipment necessary to resuscitate a newborn, administer medication to stop a postpartum hemorrhage, and suture a severe laceration.
* Dont be afraid of water-births: Your baby is actually an aquatic animal, receiving all of its oxygen supply from the placental circulation and bypassing its own lungs. The placenta acts as the filtration system and the breathing system for the baby in the womb. When the baby emerges into the water, that same system is still at work.