Of course, everybody has heard of vaginal delivery and cesarean section or c-section. These two are the most common birthing techniques. Other familiar birthing techniques are:
i) VBAC - vaginal birth after cesarean section - where the mother gives birth naturally after having a c-section for her previous child.
ii) The natural cesarean which is a combination of c-section along with the mother actually having to push the baby out through the stomach.
iii) Medicated delivery wherein the mother is put under a lot of medication to make the vaginal birth easier for her.
These are the more common birthing methods. But have you heard of these other delivery methods?
1. Lotus Birth
This type of delivery is usually a natural birthing technique following which the placenta is not cut off. The baby is left attached to the placenta and umbilical cord until the time the cord falls off naturally. Usually doctors cut off the umbilical cord and leave only a stump of it on the baby. Those who follow the Lotus Delivery method believe that there is no medical reason behind cutting off the cord. Experts warn against this technique saying that the technique essentially involves leaving the baby attached to a dead and decaying organ that is susceptible to bacterial infections. Click here if you want to read more about it.
2. Chinese Acupuncture
Now, some of you may have heard of acupuncture or acupressure in general. It is a Chinese method of stimulating different points in your body - usually by using thin needles - to balance out the natural flow of energy in your body. This technique has been used for several different medical treatments and is now being used to help deliver a baby! It is done to induce labour and aid with the painful contractions. Now, if you are thinking of using this method, you need to weigh out the risks and benefits. As with any medical procedure, it is best to ask your doctor if this is the best choice for you or if there are safer methods for you and your baby.
3. Water Birth
A very happening and trending method of delivery, water birth is one where the mother supposedly feels more in control of her delivery. It involves sitting inside a hot tub filled with warm water. This is done in few birthing centers and can be arranged in your home as well. The buoyancy of the water helps the mother feel more comfortable. The mother has to then stay in the water until she gives birth. According to NCBI, this childbirth method has been shown to reduce the need for using an epidural. Click here to read more about it!
For this, the mother needs to start preparing herself from the early stages of her pregnancy. It involves watching a number of relaxing videos, listening to audio tapes and it also requires visualization and meditation. This is all done to make the delivery and labour more comfortable for the mother. The mother will be able to enter a completely relaxed meditative state when she goes into labor. Although this technique doesn’t reduce the usage of epidurals, it does reduce the usage of pain medications throughout labour.
5. Ecstatic Birth
People often associate childbirth to be a painful process with a lot of screaming and suffering. Ecstatic birth is actually a form of natural birth where the mother experiences a spontaneous flow of feel-good hormones that don’t get affected by any of the painkillers or synthetic hormones given to the mother. This is why it is supposedly a “painless” method of delivering a baby. This is more of a psychological thing where you have to be completely at peace with yourself, your partner and everyone else and are at ease with this natural process. The more in love you are with the idea of giving birth, the more you will actually enjoy it.
*This article was only intended to describe the alternate delivery methods. You can discuss with your doctor to see which method is best suited for you. In case of any kind of complications, it is always best to go for natural birth or c-section.