I say I had a natural birth just using gas & air, it only stays in the body for such a short time, opiates I'm unsure of to be honest... If people want to be more specific they need to say it was an unmedicated birth instead.
There is unmedicated birth or intervention free birth, both would be considered natural. I mostly consider a vaginal naturally progressing labor with opiate free pain relief choices to be natural some might disagree though
A natural birth is whatever you think it is... it really doesn't matter what others think. (I personally don't really 'get' why some people want them but I have many friends for whom it was really important and I respected their wish and helped them have their dream birth whatever that was for them!)
I have always been under the impression it is a birth with no pain relief. I.e not even gas and air. etc. No idea really haha. I would consider both my births quite natural but i had pethidine for one and nothing at all for the other. I have actually had people try to tell me i didn't have a natural birth with my youngest because i had taken some paracetamol. Riiiiight haha.
As above I think I it's a personal thing, I would call my first natural (water birth but with gas and air) but my second birth I had nothing so I suppose I would say that was completely unmedicated? I can understand people classing anything less than an epidural as natural.
I class both my births as 'natural' births as I gave birth to both of them out of my vagina with no interventions. I had morphine with first and gas and air with second. I wouldn't say if had an unmedicated birth though. I seen a woman say she had an unmedicated natural birth as the epidural ran out before she pushed, to me that is not what is describe as unmedicated.
I don't really think it matters tbh. Whatever you feel comfortable with. I wanted "natural" unmedicated using hypnobirthing and the birthing pool but ended up being induced (not through choice or for being overdue, because of a change in movement) then I ended up with paracetamol, dihydrocodeine, g&a, diamorphine (which I was dead against! Lol!) and an emergency c-section. Literally the opposite of my birth plan, but I don't think I would have had as much if I wasn't induced, it was a slippery slope of interference.
I wouldn't get hung up on what's natural and what isn't, instead focus on what you feel comfortable with. Ultimately no one else cares what sort of birth you have.
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