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childbirth

 [chīld´berth]
the process of giving birth to a child, including both labor and delivery. Called also accouchement and parturition.
cooperative childbirth (educated childbirth) (natural childbirth) prepared childbirth.
prepared childbirth see prepared childbirth.

natural childbirth

n.
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery.

natural childbirth

Etymology: L, natura, nature; AS, cild, child; ME, bwith, birth
labor and parturition accomplished by a mother with little or no medical intervention. It is generally considered the optimal way of giving birth and being born, safest for the baby and most satisfying for the mother. Prerequisites include normal gestation, an adequate birth canal, strong maternal motivation, physical and emotional preparation, and constant and intensive support of the mother during labor and birth. See also Lamaze method.

natural childbirth

Alternative obstetrics
A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the delivery mechanics than in the usual childbirth. In natural childbirth, the mother is awake during delivery, often without general anaesthesia, has actively “trained” in the birthing process and is attended by her partner (or significant other) at the time of delivery.

natural childbirth

Alternative obstetrics A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the parturitional mechanics–than in an 'unnatural' birth. See Alternative gynecology, Bonding, Breast milk, Doula, Lamaze method, Naturopathic obstetrics.

nat·u·ral child·birth

(nach'ŭr-ăl chīld'bǐrth)
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery. A natural birth also increases the probability of a healthier postnatal period and an easier recovery without the discomfort of an episiotomy or cesarean delivery incision.
Synonym(s): natural birth.

natural childbirth

A term used to encourage the concept that having a baby should be a normal and natural process rather than a medical or surgical event, operation or emergency. A clear understanding of what is involved and informed instruction on the nature and cause of pain in labour, together with exercises in relaxation and cooperation, has made labour less difficult and painful, and more rewarding, for millions of women. It has not, however, made childbirth either easy or painless.
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Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades urged the public to trust doctors, adding that natural birth at home was allowed provided certain conditions were met, including the presence of a registered midwife.
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