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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 - 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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In this sense, while humanized ideas and concepts might encourage active and participatory women, the natural childbirth movement can also essentialize women to being only their bodies.
"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.
Amy Tuteur, a former obstetrician and vocal critic of the natural childbirth movement, told me Gaskin's philosophy "really accomplished a lot when it came about, because childbirth was very patriarchal." But now it's gone too far the other way, Tuteur says: We hear all the great parts about natural childbirth, but "there is very little about women who end up incontinent or with sexual dysfunction or broken bones, because no one really considers that a big deal."
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.
Dr Bryan Beattie, head of Cardiff-based educational charity Innermost Learning, has responded to claims by Dr Michel Odent that natural childbirth is being evolved out by an over-reliance on Caesareans and other interventions.
She was a passionate advocate of natural childbirth but never denied the potential dangers, believing vital equipment should be on hand for emergencies.
A champion of natural childbirth, she later went on to enjoy an international career, working in New York and Seattle before settling down in north Cornwall.
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After a long labour - 36 hours - and no pain relief as it was a natural childbirth hospital (I had a caesarean the next time!), I delivered a healthy 8lb baby boy.
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The birth centre has birthing pools as well as aids to support natural childbirth.
The hospital said the baby is the "biggest baby ever born in Spain through natural childbirth." "In my 40-year professional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth.

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