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Methods of Birth
PSY - 225
Deciding to have a child is one of the most important choices someone will make in their life. After the decision to conceive and conception takes place the mother will experience the process of pregnancy. During the last trimester of the pregnancy the woman will at some point enter the first of three stages of labor. Regular and frequent contractions of the uterus and dilation of the cervix are indicators of the first stage of labor. The following two stages of labor include the passage of the child through the birth canal and finally the expulsion of the placenta. Many women prefer to have a natural childbirth to allow their child a drug free environment to enter the world. Others have chosen options like cesarean section, hypnobirthing and other practices.

Natural childbirths are some of the most common methods for delivering a child. Natural births refers to delivering the child without the use of anesthesia, epidurals or surgery. This eliminates the risks of drugs harming the child during the birth. Natural births have the potential for increased pain and discomfort as part of giving birth. Many women today are opting for home births where they deliver their child at their house instead of giving birth in a hospital. When performing a home birth the mother can be coached by a physician or a midwife. A midwife is another woman who helps coach the pregnant mother through the pregnancy. A water birth is an effective way of performing a natural birth. The mother is able to relax in a pool of warm water and proceeds to give birth to the child in the comfort of the water.

Techniques like Lamaze and the Bradley Method are used in natural births to help women with their breathing and to help ease the pain of childbirth. Using these relaxing techniques aid in the birthing process by allowing the woman to take control of their pregnancy by learning to overcome their pain. Lamaze and Bradley Method techniques are taught to the...
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