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Old May 14th, 2016, 13:23 PM   1
babyjan
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What exactly is considered a natural birth?


Is using gas and air only still classed as natural birth? Or pethidine, meptid etc...I ask because was reading some other forums online with many women in disagreement



 
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Old May 15th, 2016, 00:19 AM   2
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I consider myself to of had a natural birth - i used the TENS machine and water... However I think it's a personal opinion thing? I would still consider it a natural birth if gas and air was used x



 
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Old May 15th, 2016, 02:57 AM   3
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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.



 
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Old May 19th, 2016, 23:08 PM   4
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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



 
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Old May 21st, 2016, 00:14 AM   5
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i would say no pain relief as in drugs and nvd i have never managed to do it i have only used gas and air however x



 
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Old May 21st, 2016, 20:12 PM   6
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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!)



 
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Old May 26th, 2016, 08:43 AM   7
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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.



 
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Old May 29th, 2016, 08:52 AM   8
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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.



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Old May 29th, 2016, 09:24 AM   9
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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.



 
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Old May 29th, 2016, 09:27 AM   10
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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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