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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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Grantly Dick-Read, a 20th century British obstetrician credited as the "father of the natural childbirth movement," held that pain was not inevitable in a normal, healthy childbirth, and that alleviating fear was the key to a healthy, positive, relatively painless experience.
The perception is that it is easier and quicker, I think women don't have the confidence in their bodies' ability to cope with natural childbirth
Even though the medical institution has established a "monopoly" over childbirth, she argues that the discourse of natural childbirth has been contesting this monopoly for some time.
The anthropological and other racialized knowledge upon which some natural childbirth arguments rest represents what Edward Said has described as an "almost insuperable contradiction between political actuality based on force, and a scientific and humane desire to understand the Other.
Many women also build up so many expectations about having a natural childbirth that, if they end up requiring pain medication, it is psychologically damaging.
In response, the natural childbirth movement arose and continues to grow.
The film, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, examined natural childbirth in the United States and studied the high rate of medical interventions in low-risk pregnancies.
An official delegation from Lebanon's Irshad & Islah Islamic Beneficent Association recently visited Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) to sign a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the joint conduct of a natural childbirth project for Palestinian women at the hospitals of Palestine Red Crescent (PRC) in Lebanon, in co-operation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
MORE women should be offered home births, say medical experts - a statement which has prompted a new outbreak of hostilities between the medicalised and the natural childbirth brigades.
Just as the natural childbirth movement arose to counter the medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth," says Naiman, "we're in dire need of a natural sleep movement to counter the appropriation of sleep by the healthcare industry.
In my 40-year professional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth," Dr Javier Rius, the head of the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, told BBC.
Hypnobirthing classes are intended to help you to have the most natural childbirth possible.

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