What is the difference between “I had my baby naturally” and “I had my baby undisturbed”? If you are like I was before I got pregnant, you think that these terms are interchangeable. Let me tell you, there is a huge difference between the two, and I hope to clarify that for you! In a nutshell, anyone going through or assisting with an undisturbed birth understands that our bodies know how to make babies. Women have successfully been birthing their babes since the beginning of human existence without the aid of western medicine. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are conditions and circumstances in which a hospital is necessary for the health of you and/or your child. A midwife assisting with an undisturbed birth is helping those Mommas with healthy, low-risk pregnancies. So, what is so different about an undisturbed birth?
Understands that your body was made to deliver children
Birth has been present from the beginning of time, and it has evolved to maintain our survival and become even more efficient. Unlike hospitals, mother nature doesn’t just care about the baby and mother surviving the birth. What is more important is the mother and baby thriving after the birth through breastfeeding and attachment. Not to mention, there are mechanisms in place to aid us through labor and delivery that is only disrupted when we introduce western medicine. When our first contractions begin, our body floods with hormones like oxytocin, beta-endorphins, catecholamines, and prolactin. These hormones fluctuate as labor progresses. Many of them are actually responsible for reducing labor pains! Not only that, but they also help to brink your milk in after baby is born.
Well duh. I know this one is a no-brainer, but let me explain further. “Undisturbed” takes many things into account. The mother is the one in control. We don’t really see this a lot in westernized hospitals. An undisturbed birth is one in which the mother feels safe, private, and most importantly unobserved. The best thing for me was the fact that I got to EAT! This is a big one for me 🙂 An unobserved birth also means that the mother’s environment is suitable for labor. This means that it is nice and warm, the lights are dim, and it is quiet with few people.Labor takes concentration, and when people are talking to you or asking a bunch of questions, it takes away your concentration and makes the labor last longer. And the real kicker: No drugs. No epidural. No pitocin. All natural.
Lastly, the way your baby makes his or her appearance into the world is different in an undisturbed birth. No one tells you that it is time to push. Your body just knows. In a disturbed birth, your body may not know that the time has come for baby to make their entrance, which is why a doctor may need to assist. In an undisturbed birth, baby is coming whether you are ready or not! For me, I was begging to start pushing. I was in so much pain and just exhausted from the labor. I was beyond ready to meet my sweet babe. My midwife assured me that I would know when it was time, and boy was she right. My body took over without anyone coaching me on when to push and how long to push. It was wonderful. I was able to relax and breathe in between, and to me it was almost the easiest part of the labor. My hormones were raging, and really the only noticeable pain I felt was the stretching as my baby’s head and shoulders came out. I pushed when my body needed to, and I rested in between. I remember smiling and laughing after her head came out. We were so close! A couple more pushes and we would finally meet her!
I will have an undisturbed birth over and over again. I loved everything about my birth! Even though I didn’t prepare myself with all of the resources I was given (Bad, I know!), I trusted my body, and it took care of the rest. Hopefully I cleared up any questions that you may have had about an undisturbed birth! If not, I would love to answer them in the comments down below. Let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear them.
You got this, Momma