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.

Empowered Pregnancy’s definition of natural pregnancy

At Empowered Pregnancy we practice shared decision making and believe that pregnancy is a normal health stage of a woman’s life just like puberty and menopause.  Like other stages of life, your health will proceed without complications the majority of time but there may be issues in need of monitoring; such as blood pressure, weight, iron levels, and growth by a skilled provider to make sure you and your baby are healthy.  At Empowered Pregnancy the CNM will closely monitor both mother and infant to make sure everyone is doing well throughout the nine months and the postpartum period. Our providers are skilled at picking up deviations from normal early-on so they can help decrease the likelihood of medical intervention being necessary.

What “natural birth” looks like to us

At Empowered Pregnancy we practice physiological childbirth which means we let a mother’s body do what it was made to do and we only intervene if a problem arises.  We do not place arbitrary time limits on stages of labor, how long your water can be broken , and do not limit food intake. We educate our mothers so they can make the decisions that are right for herself, her child and her family. Then, we are there to help and support the mother in making that decision become a reality.

Delivery at the birth center

I’ve utilized my 23 years of experience helping women bring their children into the world to develop an atmosphere that would meet a variety of needs that laboring women may encounter.  We have large queen size beds that allow for support and care for a laboring mother. Our birthing suites feature large tubs and showers for hydrotherapy and water birth, if desired. For mom’s comfort, we make available rebozo slings, labor balls, cub seats, heated massage stones, aromatherapy, along with a massage therapist on staff. Our outside environment includes a walking path with a with a view of natural pond featuring baby ducklings. Your certified nurse-midwife will be by your side the entire time throughout your labor and delivery experience.

If you are interested in having a birth tailored to your specific needs, wants, and desires please come and visit us. We offer tours and consultations FREE OF CHARGE with one of our CNM’s so you can determine if having your care and baby with Empowered Pregnancy fits your birth plan.

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