Natural Childbirth

I will have my baby naturally. It will be beautiful. And before you tell me that I can’t, I’d like to point out that I’ve never found anything I can’t do. For me, it is all about my resolve. And I’ve researched enough to have very firm resolve. There is no reason my body won’t be able to birth a baby.

*Disclaimer: I promise that none of this is to say you are a bad person or your wife is a bad person because you/she didn’t know the following. We all know I’m a bit of a hippie, and the following applies to ME, not necessarily YOU.

I will admit that there is a 7% legit complication rate, and that in those 7% of cases, interventions are necessary. However, right now, 96% of American birthing women get epidurals, 73% use Pitocin, and 30% end up with C-sections. I won’t be one of those statistics. Before you freak out and want to argue with me, I’ll tell you that if I’m in that 7%, I’ll deal with it, and I’ll back off a bit. However, I won’t be using drugs because it hurts. I know it will hurt, but I also know that for the majority of human history, women have been able to give birth without drugs, and I can too.

Now…my reasoning. First, I’ll explain the cocktail of wonderful hormones a laboring woman’s body will produce, if it is not drugged:

1.Oxytocin: Responsible for causing rhythmic contractions. Is released from the middle brain during pregnancy, labor and delivery, as well as breastfeeding. Baby also produces oxytocin, which can travel to the mother through the placenta. Receptors in uterus respond to a flood of oxytocin during labor and help to expel baby. Breast feeding releases more oxytocin, which helps to contract the uterus and reduce bleeding. Oxytocin travels between mother and child during pregnancy and labor, unchanged. It is also known as “The Love Hormone” and is very much responsible for the flood of loving feelings as mother and child initially bond. Our bodies also produce oxytocin while we are making love, having orgasms, sharing meals together, and cuddling. In studies, it has been shown to have a pain-killing effect in animals.
2.Beta-endorphin: A naturally occurring opiate with properties similar to morphine and heroin. Has been shown to work on the same receptors in the brain. High levels are present during pregnancy, birth and lactation. It is an extremely powerful pain killer. It also reduces stress and induces feelings of pleasure, euphoria and mutual dependency. It is responsible for the altered consciousness that makes labor easier for the mother. Babies also produce this opiate, and it is found in the placenta in higher concentrations than in the mother.
3.Adrenaline and Noradrenaline: These make up the body’s “fight or flight” defense. These increase during a normal birth, and help to produce the “Fetal Ejection Reflex”, which helps to birth the baby quickly and easily. Fear, however, causes an early increase in these chemicals, which actually slows or stops labor and inhibits the release of oxytocin.
4.Prolactin: Known as the “Mothering Hormone” and is released from the pituitary gland during pregnancy and lactation. In studies, animals with abnormal prolactin release are unsuccessful in reproduction and lack maternal behavior. There are more than 300 known bodily effects of prolactin, including induction of maternal behavior, increase in appetite, suppression of fertility, increase in REM sleep and stimulation of oxytocin release. This hormone is activated in men as well, by carrying a baby and by orgasm.

As far as I can tell, enemy number one is pitocin. It’s a fiendish little drug that 73% percent of birthing women are dosed with.

  • First, pitocin can be a life-saving intervention when it is truly needed. However, in this age, it is grossly overused.
  • Pitocin is synthetic Oxytocin.
  • It is used to induce labor, or to speed a slow labor.
  • It is administered intravenously, and acts very differently to a laboring woman than natural oxytocin. Oxytocin is released in pulses, and causes rhythmic contractions. This gives a woman rest in between contractions, and gives the baby a chance to have blood flow from the placenta return to normal. When it is administered constantly, contractions are much stronger and closer together, which doesn’t give mother or child adequate time to recuperate. This often leads to fetal distress, which in turn leads to C-sections. The pitcoin package insert warns of fetal heart rate abnormalities, low five-minute Apgar scores, neonatal jaundice, retinal hemorrhage, permanent central nervous system or brain damage and fetal death.
  • The rate of C-sections is much higher when pitocin has been administered.
  • Pitocin induced contractions are much more painful than normal contractions and are not as effective at opening the cervix.
  • Pitocin cannot cross into the brain, so it cannot act as a love hormone. It does, however, interfere with the body’s production of natural oxytocin.
  • Pitocin leads to an increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage. This is because prolonged exposure to pitocin leads to a dramatic reduction in the numbers of oxytocin receptors in the uterus. This makes her own release of post delivery oxytocin infective at contracting the uterus after delivery.
  • Studies show that pitocin stops the increase of beta-endorphin levels in labor.
  • Studies show a reduced rate of breastfeeding.
  • Pitocin, like oxytocin, can travel between mother and child, so pitocin supplementation disrupts baby’s natural oxytocin systems. Animal studies show abnormal sexual and parenting behavior in adulthood.
  • Some studies have shown problems with accepting and showing love during adolescence and early adulthood in babies exposed to pitocin.


Public enemy number 2 is the epidural. Americans love the epidural, and a whopping 96% of us use them.

  • An epidural does provide very effective pain relief during labor.
  • 96% of American births use epidurals.
  • Epidurals are presented as safe, but that simply isn’t the truth.
  • The complication rate involving epidurals is currently 23%.
  • Epidurals often completely stop contractions, which them must be restarted with pitocin. Epidurals double the need for pitocin.
  • Epidurals inhibit the release of beta-endorphins, stopping the change in consciousness that occurs with a natural birth.
  • They inhibit the oxytocin peak. A laboring woman, therefore, misses out on the final powerful contractions of labor and must use her own effort, often against gravity, to compensate. This explains the increased use of forceps during epidural births.
  • Epidurals double the need for instrumental delivery.
  • Labor is much longer.
  • Epidurals reduce the release of adrenaline.
  • Epidurals double the risk of a severe perineal tear.
  • They increase the need for C-section by 1.5 times.
  • Studies have shown deficits in newborn abilities consistent with toxicity from epidurals.
  • Epidurals cause a noticeable drop in blood pressure in mother and child.
  • Animal studies show a complete lack of maternal behavior after early epidurals. Often animals in these studies show no interest at all in their children for up to an hour.
  • Mothers given epidurals spend less time with their babies in the hospital.
  • Mothers who were given epidurals described their babies as more difficult to care for a month later, in several studies.
  • Babies born after epidural have diminished suckling reflexes and capacity.
  • There is higher incidence of fetal distress in babies while using epidurals.
  • 19% of women have long term back pain after an epidural.
  • Permanent nerve damage can be caused by an improperly administered epidural.
  • Migraine prone women often have more visual disturbances that continue long after an epidural.
  • Epidurals cause nausea in 30% of patients.
  • Paralysis and death, while uncommon, are not unheard of.
  • Epidurals decrease the likelihood that a posterior baby will rotate.
  • Cardiac Arrest can occur.
  • Mothers must stay in bed after an epidural, severely limiting birthing positions.

Another problem with an epidural is that it chains you to the bed. I fully intend on giving birth in a position other than lying on my back with my legs in the air. An epidural requires the following:

  • A blood pressure cuff that stays on you.
  • 2 monitors on your belly…one to monitor your contractions, and one to monitor baby.
  • An IV, which pumps you full of fluids that water down your natural hormones.
  • A urine catheter.
  • A catheter that stays hooked into your spine for the rest of your birth.

Pain can be coped with if you have your hormone cocktail, and are free to move around and labor in the way your body tells you too. Pain cannot be coped with if you are terrified, or if you start the intervention process.

I don’t write about any of this to make any women feel bad that have used these interventions. It’s just that I really don’t want to, and I’m really sick of people trying to talk me into an epidural. I still have 3 months to go, and people already won’t shut up about it.

I am a strong woman, whose body has been created and shaped to be able to give birth. Not to be too cliché, but I am woman, hear me roar.

2 Responses to “Natural Childbirth”
  1. Allison says:

    I’m sorry people are being assholes and not respecting your feelings.. Childbirth seems to be one of those things that everyone has an opinion about and feel their opinion is right no matter what.

    I’m sorry I already got rid of the shoes 😦 but they were pretty much all heels anyways.

  2. sheila says:

    i enjoyed your article. not exactly sure how i ended up here, but glad i did…i also noticed that we are due one day apart from each other! best wishes for the remainder of your pregnancy – i will be sending positive energy your way 🙂

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