Having recently had my 3rd child and a very different birth experience to the first 2, a c-section due to the little blighter turning frank breech in the last 3 days, and having put into practice all the advice (and more) I usually give to those having c-sections, I have experienced firsthand the different methods of childbirth and can honestly see the very real differences. It is important to understand ALL the pros and cons of both so to be able to honestly choose which is right for you, if you’re lucky enough to have that choice and to understand what needs to be done post-birth to correct and balance things so that we all start off with the best fighting chance. Having gone through a natural birth in hospital without pain medication, a natural home birth again without medication and a semi-emergency c-section… I would still choose a natural birth…for many reasons.
According to www.timeslive.co.za Caesar rates are around 70% in private hospitals, with most of those elective procedures, very few medically indicated and most to protect the doctor from possible malpractice suits. Now of course there are medical reasons for having a c-section, where this is the ‘safest’ option for the health of mother and baby, but there are also many medical reasons why natural birth is the ‘safest’ option, depending on what’s important to you or considered safe.
I bet most of you didn’t know that the health of your child, level of his immunity, spinal alignment, musculo-skeletal development and most importantly his nervous system development are affected by the type of birth he experiences? When you first fall pregnant, you marvel at the miraculous changes that occur each week, getting weekly updates from your favourite website on how many millimetres they are and when their nails start growing. Everyone who experiences it, can’t quite believe the incredible wisdom in the natural growth of a baby – ‘it’s a miracle’ is commonly heard. Why then is the method that nature chooses to birth that baby questioned and seems to be almost frowned upon and has sadly become a serious minority? I have yet to come across any website that gives you all the pros and cons of both, so I’m gonna fill in the gaps of the information that is not out there. I am not going to repeat every one you already know, but highlight some differences and new information, so please don’t think that if the info wasn’t in this article then it isn’t valid or true, the Editor says there just isn’t enough space!
There are no 2 ways about it, a woman’s body was designed to give natural childbirth, and a baby was designed to be born naturally, it is not an out-dated, antiquated method but is a very necessary process for many reasons and is certainly not dangerous (there are 10x more complications with mother and baby during c-sections than with natural deliveries that are really only safer for the doctor, according …