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Questions from Our Readers: Why Natural Childbirth?

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Abstract:

A reader asks for help in answering the question “Why natural childbirth?” Understanding the simple story of normal, natural birth, what helps and what sabotages nature's plan for birth, and the appropriate use of interventions are discussed and form the foundation for coming to the conclusion that nature's plan makes sense. Women are inherently capable of giving birth, have a deep, intuitive instinct about birth, and, when supported and free to find comfort, are able to give birth without interventions and without suffering.

Keywords: childbirth education; confidence; natural childbirth; support

Document Type: Miscellaneous

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1624/105812400X87905

Affiliations: JUDITH LOTHIAN is a childbirth educator in Brooklyn, New York, and the Chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council.

Publication date: 2000-10-01

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