In recent months I've realized more than ever,
that the term "Natural Birth" means different things to different people.
It can mean NO medical interventions.
It can mean NO pain medications.
It can mean the baby came out of your vagina.
It can mean a cesarean.
Yeah, I said that.
Natural birth is what you want it to be.
What is normal and natural to you?
Let me explain a bit about the cesarean part:
I've personally experienced pregnancy and birth 5 times.
All 5 times were cesareans.
Guess what is natural to me personally?
I know them better than most people outside of the medical field would ever hope to.
I've experienced them more times than most people think is allowed
and have watched more than most people will (even as a birth doula) in their lifetime.
There was actually a while where my kids thought that is just how babies were born!
It is not a bad word in our home:
It can be just as natural and normal as any other birth.
With 1/3 births being a cesarean,
I don't care if it makes me weird to say it,
but cesareans are NATURAL BIRTH too!
(Not to worry, I googled "natural" to get the definitions for you
and my point can be validated by Merriam-Webster)
That doesn't mean one is better than the other, by the way!
What is best for you?
What feels natural to you?
What feels normal to you?
It doesn't matter to me whether your goals are "natural birth" in the NO interventions sense
"natrual birth" in the cesareans are normal to me sense.
I agree with you.
I'll support you.
And I will never question your decisions
to have whatever kind of birth is natural for you!
Jessica Anne Dill