7 tips for a safe and natural delivery

Aiming for a drug-free vaginal birth? Here are tips that may help you deliver naturally…

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Most expectant mums prefer delivering naturally but a vaginal birth may not be impossible for some women as no one has complete control during labour.

For instance, you may need to have a C-section because of medical conditions like pre-eclampsia, placenta problems, the position of the foetus, and the failure to dilate.

Of course, whatever way your child enters the world, the most important thing is that both mother and child are safe and healthy.

While there is no formula or method to guarantee that you’ll have a vaginal birth, you can do certain things to increase your chances.

1.      Choose your hospital and doctor wisely

The right environment and doctor is crucial for you to feel safe and comfortable when it’s time to give birth. You’ll want to find a hospital that helps you feel calm and confident about delivering your baby. Most maternity hospitals in Singapore hold hospital visits and tours, so you can suss out which one makes you feel most comfortable.

A good doctor can boost your morale, dispel your birthing fears and help you, feel positive about your birth.

Do some research, so that you pick the right gynaecologist. A good doctor can boost your morale, dispel your birthing fears and help you feel positive about your birth. Some doctors are more into natural births, while others have a higher percentage of C-section births. If you don’t have a good feeling about your doctor, don’t hesitate to switch to one who is more in tune with your birth plan.

A good doctor can boost your morale, dispel your birthing fears and help you, feel positive about your birth.

Do some research, so that you pick the right gynaecologist. A good doctor can boost your morale, dispel your birthing fears and help you feel positive about your birth. Some doctors are more into natural births, while others have a higher percentage of C-section births. If you don’t have a good feeling about your doctor, don’t hesitate to switch to one who is more in tune with your birth plan.

 2.      Know your pain relief options

You may have plans to go as drug free as possible, but it’ll be useful to find out about the various pain-relief methods, just in case you decide you need them. This way, you’ll feel more in control about your birth.

 Katherine Tan, mum to Denise, 3, was aiming to go drug free, but decided to go with Entonox, or laughing gas. “I can proudly say I went as drug-free as I could, but the laughing gas helped to calm me down and control my breathing.”

 And just in case, find out what other pain-relief options are available, including epidurals and pethidine and at which stage of labour you may have them.

3. Go for a prenatal class

A good antenatal, or prenatal class will give you get an idea of what labour and delivery will be like. You will learn how your body will work during a natural birth, be advised on pain-relief options and learn the best foods to eat for a healthy pregnancy.

 During the class, take note of the birthing positions ― some positions, like leaning on a wall or the bed, or going on all fours, can move your baby into the ideal position for a natural birth.

You’ll also learn breathing techniques ― these can soothe the labour pain and provide proper and sufficient oxygen supply for your baby during the delivery.

Here are some prenatal class options in Singapore:
Beloved Bumps
Thomson Medical Childbirth Education Course
Mount Alvernia Childbirth Education Course
KKH Antenatal Programme