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Dr. Jennifer Mcdonald
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Natural Labor (Overview)

The natural process of the normal labor can start without the use of any medications or induction agents and can be a wonderful experience. Labor can progress without medications and this would be the usual characteriztion of a natural labor.


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What are the pro's & con's & regarding natural labor?

What are the pro's & con's & regarding natural labor?

Labor pain: Real labor hurts. Pain meds and epidurals are safe and help the pain. No one gets extra points for being in pain ...Read more

Dr. Jennifer Mcdonald
23 doctors shared insights

Natural Labor (Overview)

The natural process of the normal labor can start without the use of any medications or induction agents and can be a wonderful experience. Labor can progress without medications and this would be the usual characteriztion of a natural labor.


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What is the definition or description of: natural labor?

What is the definition or description of: natural labor?

Without anesthesia: The natural process of the normal labor can start without the use of any medications or induction agents and can be a wonderful experience. Labor can progress without medications and this would be the usual characteriztion of a natural labor. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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Can you tell me natural labor pain vs induced pain?

Can you tell me natural labor pain vs induced pain?

An epidural?: The pain from induced labor is thought to be a little worse than the pain from natural labor. In the US, the majority of women opt for an epidural for pain management during labor. In this case there is no difference in the pain levels. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How can you know if you have natural labor pain vs induced pain?

By the situation...: The pain feels more or less the same. The only way to be sure is to know what medication you are being given. For example, iof you have been given pitocin (oxytocin) to induce labor, your pain is induced. If your water bag breaks in WallMart and you start having labor pain, it is natural labor pain. There is no other way to know. Best wishes! ...Read more

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It is possible for someone who goes into natural labor with GAD go completely mad or lose their mind after the experience due to the pain?

It is possible for someone who goes into natural labor with GAD go completely mad or lose their mind after the experience due to the pain?

Very unlikely: That is very unlikely, but since you are afraid of it - it's important. I don't know how soon this may be - but I encourage you to work through it as well as possible w/ your OBGYN or midwife. They can refer you for support therapy and be prepared for offering you help in labor. Know as much as possible and you'll feel more confident. It really can be well-handled if you can trust your folk. Best! ...Read more

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Is evening primrose oil ok to use to help with natural labor? How much and often can it be used? I have heard people don't tear as much if used.

Is evening primrose oil ok to use to help with natural labor? How much and often can it be used?  I have heard people don't tear as much if used.

Maybe: Evening primrose oil is often recommended by midwives, both orally & topically. While many swear by it, there has not been much formal research. One small study did not find it helped, but in the study it was not used the way it is usually recommended! see http://www.Families.Com/blog/can-evening-primrose-oil-help-soften-the-cervix i advise asking your midwife or obstetrician. ...Read more

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Water broke 31 wk. Almost 34 wk. How to go into natural labor? If not, have to get C-section

Water broke 31 wk. Almost 34 wk. How to go into natural labor? If not, have to get C-section

Walking: Have you been given corticosteroid injections to help speed up the maturation of the baby's lungs yet? If so, and a C-section is imminent, try walking. ...Read more