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natural childbirth

n.
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery.

natural childbirth

n
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) a method of childbirth characterized by the absence of anaesthetics, in which the expectant mother is given special breathing and relaxing exercises

nat′ural child′birth


n.
childbirth involving little or no use of drugs or anesthesia, involving a program in which the mother is psychologically and physically prepared for the birth process.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.natural childbirth - labor and childbirth without medical intervention; no drugs are given to relieve pain or aid the birth process; "natural childbirth is considered the safest for the baby"
Bradley method, Bradley method of childbirth - a method that prepares a mother for natural childbirth by providing education and exercises and nutrition and techniques of breathing and relaxation (with the assistance of the father)
accouchement, childbearing, childbirth, vaginal birth - the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
Lamaze method, Lamaze method of childbirth - a method that prepares a mother for natural childbirth; the pregnant woman (in classes and at home) practices (usually with the help of a coach) and learns about the physiology of childbirth and techniques of relaxation, concentration, and breathing
Leboyer method, Leboyer method of childbirth - a method of childbirth that tries to minimize the trauma for the newborn; delivery occurs in a quiet dimly lit room and the infant's head is not pulled and immediate bonding between mother and child is encouraged
Read method, Read method of childbirth - a method of natural childbirth that assumes it is a normal process and that the pain is largely psychological; involves education and breathing exercises to foster relaxation and other exercises
Translations

natural childbirth

nparto naturale
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We must understand that there is a lot of preparation that can help in improving the chances of having a natural childbirth for a pregnant woman.
Back in England, Kitzinger became active in the newly created Natural Childbirth Association (later the National Childbirth Trust, NCT), a group that relied first on the Dick-Read method and then on Lamaze, expanding options for birthing women in the country.
While increasing intervention may biologically impact on the evolutionary ability for women to have natural childbirth, the alternative will only increase instances of naturally-occurring complications.
There, she helped spread the word about natural childbirth and home births, and ran pre-natal classes.
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A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom, this insightful effort from helmers Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore doubles as a defense of natural childbirth and an affectionate look back at the movement's '70s countercultural roots.
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Now in a significantly updated and expanded second edition, "Unassisted Childbirth" by author and natural childbirth consultant Laura Kaplan Shanley lays out a persuasively document case advocating childbirth practices and approaches that do not rely on doctors and medical technology, with the surprising result in an inherently safe and relatively painless delivery.
Natural childbirth may be painful, but at least it is just that - natural and surely it should be the first choice for most women.
The tragedy is that our maternity services are in such a state that many women are being forced to choose a major operation over natural childbirth.
The alternative, natural childbirth, takes hard work as well as patience and surviving those first months of sleep deprivation with a new baby takes superhuman reserves of stamina.

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