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    I see natural birth as no drugs or interventions vaginal birth.
    So for me DD1 who was forcep delivered vaginally and I had an epi was NOT a natural birth.
    DD2 was a home water birth so that WAS a natural birth.

    I don't think drugs and interventions are natural. I would classify these births (as I do my DD1s birth) just as vaginal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    Yeah, what Witwicky said. I kinda get the feeling people say "natural" birth for a baby coming out of a vagina because they hate saying "vaginal"!
    probably!

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    I believe natural is vaginal with no intervention (induction, forceps etc). I'm undecided whether it includes no pain relief

    I tell people I had a pain relief free natural labour

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    Natural labour for me is zero intervention.

    No drugs, no inductions, no interventions. Nothing. Just the mother birthing her babe.

    By definition, it's not "natural" to have drugs or forceps or vacuum extraction. This doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong, it's just not the natural state of giving birth.

    Unfortunately I think the term has a lot of negative associations in this day and age, and can lead mothers to feel guilty for having interventions, which of course is not the idea. It's merely the correct definition.
    This.

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    I class natural birth as vaginal, without pain relief or stuff like induction or forceps. I guess it's more or less without medical intervention. I had a natural birth with ds1 and a pain relief free vaginal birth with ds2 as I was induced I don't really think of it as a natural birth because of that.

    Though I sometimes wonder if ds1 was really natural as I needed an episitomy. Thoughts?

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    I consider any vaginal birth as natural.

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    Yep, to me, natural = drug and intervention free, vaginal birth. Vaginal = a vaginal birth that includes intervention.

    My DD was a c-section after attempted induced, vaginal birth.

    DS1 was a low intervention, drug free VBAC.

    DS2 and DS3 were completely natural, unhindered births.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    Natural labour for me is zero intervention.

    No drugs, no inductions, no interventions. Nothing. Just the mother birthing her babe.

    By definition, it's not "natural" to have drugs or forceps or vacuum extraction. This doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong, it's just not the natural state of giving birth.

    Unfortunately I think the term has a lot of negative associations in this day and age, and can lead mothers to feel guilty for having interventions, which of course is not the idea. It's merely the correct definition.
    Ditto

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    No drugs and no intervention = natural birth.

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    I guess also you have to ask what is considered intervention?
    Sure forceps or vacuum delivery, but is an episiotomy intervention? Internal exams? Fetal heart monitoring? Antibiotics?


 

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