Medical vs Natural Perspective in Labor and Birth


There are many ways to look at any situation, and when it comes to labor and birth, people are firmly rooted in their beliefs, experience, and point of view. Neither are negative or wrong, however aligning yourself with a support team that is on the same page as you is essential for a positive birth experience no matter what happens.

One client of mine had a very medically minded doctor for her first birth. Everything was managed through a preventive lens, and unfortunately was a fear based approach for her naturally minded perspective. Without knowing all of their options they trusted the doctor’s opinion, were induced for no reason before 42 weeks, and ended up with a cesarean section.

I firmly believe everything in life is about finding the right fit. Unfortunately when they got pregnant with their second baby and were excited to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean,) their doctor was not on board. At our first meeting I was horrified to hear that he was once again scaring them with the less than 1% chance of uterine rupture, and telling them that it was not worth the risk.

As a Doula, I am not a medical professional, and I respect my client’s wishes supporting her unconditionally. However, in my experience and perspective, c sections today are done differently, so effectively, that there is even less chance of a uterine rupture. I suggested she go to a different practice that was supportive of her wishes for a natural birth. After all, that is what a VBAC is, just a natural birth!

It is all about choices.

Informed consent.

Legally every woman has until 42 weeks, unless there is an emergency.

I honestly love working along with the medical team knowing they are there in case of an emergency.

However, birth is natural, nothing is wrong, it is not a disease, and there is no timeline.

Coach Yulia


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