Shared Decision Making

The sun is finally shining and even though I scraped ice off of the car this morning, I’m still seeing signs of spring prevailing everywhere I look. The promise of better weather brings a flush of new activity to the birth center as we look forward to bringing our first spring babies of the year into the world. With these new families come a swath of new decisions to make around pregnancy and birth. The topic of medical decision making is near and dear to my heart and is one of the reasons I opened Empowered Pregnancy.

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What is a “natural pregnancy and birth”?

Many women desire to have a natural birth without really understanding what that concept entails. Depending on where you deliver or the individual you ask you will receive a variety of answers pertaining to what makes up a “natural birth”. You will get answers such as not having  pain medication, not being induced, not having a cesarean section, to not having any medical tests or interventions at all and delivering at one’s home.

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