Choose the one that is the minimal expectation of "natural" in your mind.

What is the definition of "natural birth"?

  • All births are natural

  • Vaginal with any drugs/interventions

  • Vaginal with no drugs but interventions are ok

  • Vaginal with no interventions at all

  • Homebirth

  • Unassisted birth

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Submitted by at 6:19 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
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What is the definition of "natural birth"?

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Submitted by at 6:19 PM on Dec. 31, 2008
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  • NoNonsense...
    Submitted by   at 6:57 PM on December 31, 2008

    I put vaginal with no interventions at all. I believe even homebirths can be unnatural if interventions are allowed.

  • TanyaR1024
    Submitted by   at 8:29 PM on December 31, 2008

    Ah good point. I kinda meant homebirth to be "higher on the scale of natural" ya know? But that is very true than interventions can occur in homebirth.

  • happySAHMm...
    Submitted by   at 8:35 PM on December 31, 2008

    Good point...even an unassisted can have interventions. I have read UC stories where women performed AROM, among other things.

  • TanyaR1024
    Submitted by   at 8:55 PM on December 31, 2008

    WTF??? Who would perform AROM on themselves? I can think of no good reason for that. Thats ridiculous.

  • mamalinzie
    Submitted by   at 8:56 AM on January 1, 2009

    I vote vaginal, no drugs, but interventions. But in my mind, it depends on the interventions and why they were done.

    The birth of my daughter was midwife assisted hospital birth. The only "intervention" was A/B because I was GBS+ and that was hospital policy. While I got the A/B's, they put a fetal monitor and contraction monitor on my belly for a few minutes. Then I was detached and back to laboring how I felt like it. I didn't agree with the A/B's, but had I declined, they could have kept my baby for up to 2 weeks for observation. Yea, I could have fought it, but that is not how I wanted to spend the first few days/weeks with my baby.

  • PhilsBabyM...
    Submitted by   at 2:42 PM on January 1, 2009

    Vaginal, no drugs or unnecessary interventions. I wouldn't consider and epi free labor augmented by pitocin to be natural, etc.

  • EmeraldsMo...
    Submitted by   at 5:06 PM on January 1, 2009

    While I was laboring with my son (UC back in February) my husband tried to convince me near the end to break my bulging water bag to "move things along." LOL, I was slightly tempted because after 13 hours I really wanted to be DONE, but I knew better... So, yep, unassisted births can be messed around with too! But I've read a lot more MW-assisted HB stories that had unnecessary interventions than UC stories. (In fact nearly every "natural" hospital birth or MWHB video I've watched had a fair degree of intervention...)

    So I voted UC, though I don't mean by that that I think it's completely impossible to have a true natural birth with someone else there, just that I think it's harder to.

    As an aside, I've noticed for myself that labor *feels* different/more difficult when someone else is in the room (the nurses at the hospital during my first birth, my husband or toddler during my second, etc...)

  • SahmTam
    Submitted by   at 7:38 PM on January 1, 2009

    I think of it as a vaginal delivery with no interventions. I know some use the term to mean any vaginal delivery.

  • tat2edmomm...
    Submitted by   at 1:51 PM on January 3, 2009

    Any birth is as natural as it can be for that woman. Tho I would have to say a vaginal birth with no drugs and no interventions epitomizes "natural" in my mind.

  • RanaAurora
    Submitted by   at 3:52 AM on January 4, 2009

    None. I consider vaginal with pain meds to still be natural. Not interventions or inductions, though.

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