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How to Choose Between Natural Birth and Epidural Birth

Updated on February 3, 2014

Which one is The Best - Epidural or Natural Childbirth

The best way to answer this question is basically that you need to prepare yourself prior to labor and be ready to make the decision at this point. Ger rid of stress and anxiety for ease of the body and mind during pregnancy and during labor, which helps in having an increased pain tolerating capacity.

This choice is dependent upon two equally important, but sometimes conflicting things: the women’s personal preference and the status or progression of labor. For this one should know the merits and demerits of each.

Natural birth -Childbirth With Natural Way

  • Natural birth involves no anesthesia, medication, or surgery.
  • It is safe for mother and baby and involves no other complications if there is no obstruction from the part of mother or from the baby. As there is no involvement of anesthesia the mother will have a good idea of what is happening, the progression of labor and contractions and at the same time an idea of when to exert the push which is of vital importance in the process of delivery. More over there is no restriction to the movement.
  • Usually the babies are more alert after a natural childbirth and spend more time breastfeeding for the first few hours of life and also adds to the intimacy.
  • The techniques for natural childbirth are not invasive and, therefore, there is a lower risk of infection for the mother and the baby.
  • Some women like to feel how the birth is progressing. During natural childbirth; there is no need to be hooked up to an IV machine, so there is more room to move around with ease.
  • Women who go on natural are less likely to need another medication to speed up contractions.

Epidural Birth -Childbirth Without Pain

  • Epidural is a safe form of pain relief during childbirth using an anesthetic. It is injected into the spine while the woman is awake and numbs her from the waist down.
  • Mother will be well aware of what is going on, and may even feel some contractions, but certainly not the major ones involved in child birth.
  • Prolonged stages of delivery can be relieved or made ease by this and also imparts some sort of relaxation for the mothers and make the childbirth experience a better one. So epidural can be considered as the best type of pain control during birth.
  • Since it is form of local anesthesia, there are common bad effects of anesthesia like headaches, low back ache after recovery from anesthesia and occasionally failure to establish anesthesia and a drop in blood pressure.
  • There is also a very small, but not absent, possibility of having permanent nerve damage from anesthesia. Some patients are allergic to anesthetic medications. In some case it prolongs unnecessarily the progression of labor as the patient is unaware of the contractions and when to exert the push and necessitates the use of vacuum delivery or forceps delivery.

So it’s up to you, give the best for you and your baby.

Child Birth: Epidural Vs. Natural Child Birth


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Granny's House,

      Nice to hear about your kids. Thanks for leaving the comment.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I had my first three natural and the last two epidural. I wish I had them all with epidural. I enjoyed it better when not in pain, plus you are fully a wake.