Every birth method has its advantages and disadvantages. The natural birth method is not an exception. One of the most significant natural birth disadvantages is pain. In spite of the fact that the method presupposes different techniques for reducing pain, they are not those effective as an epidural. So, if you are not ready to feel and work with pain, it is better to give up the idea to use the natural birth method. It is very difficult to reduce pain with the help of natural techniques when the woman is exhausted by a prolonged labor or by some medical interventions, which can be necessary because of some complications. But the woman can change her mind and take an epidural at any time except if she is not close to the delivery. No matter whether you are going to have a natural birth or not, it is recommended to learn as much as you can both about the medical and natural pain management. You may be well prepared, confident and healthy but nature can play some trick with you at any moment.
So, the majority of natural birth disadvantages are represented by the high level of pain and discomfort which can even be increased by different medical interventions. Moreover the labor may be longer and more painful that the woman has expected. But there are a lot of women who do not care about all the natural birth disadvantages and are ready to have the natural birth with all its pain and discomfort. So, to give birth without medications is the only rule for natural childbirth.
There are a lot of techniques which are aimed at avoiding various natural birth risk cases as well as to reduce natural birth child risk.
Speaking about the most popular techniques used for the method, it is necessary to mention about visualization and breathing exercises. These are techniques which are usually covered by the majority of childbirth classes. The woman and her partner are trained to use various breathing patterns which they practice during the classes. The coach can also teach you to use the method of visualization in order to help you work through the pain. The coach can also teach you techniques based on the controlled and progressive relaxation during which you focus first and then release your tension.
At the same time you should zero in on some certain muscle, tighten it up and then let it go till it is as loose as possible. The techniques help you relax and manage the contractions. These techniques are especially good when your labor progresses as it is supposed to be. If you have ever studied meditation, martial art or yoga, you might have the practice of such breathing. It is possible to bring something special which can make you relax. It can be your favorite photo, for example. You may also listen to the soothing music which is also a good way to relax.
It is also important for you to have someone by your side during the labor. While the person gives you the emotional reassurance, you are able to get more comfortable and reduce the stress and anxiety. It can help to go through the labor without the use of drugs.
So, in spite of all the natural birth disadvantages, it can be a real heroic deed in the life of any woman.