The case for natural birth

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‘Giving birth naturally is the most empowering thing a woman can experience,’ says well-known midwife and author Sister Lilian Paramor. ‘It has so many benefits for baby and mom, ranging from a reduced risk for colic and post-natal depression to a better relationship with her partner and greater breastfeeding success.’

These benefits, she says, could partly be attributed to the fact that women feel incredibly good about themselves after delivering a baby naturally – a privilege that's taken away when women are coerced into having C-sections or traumatic vaginal deliveries that don't take nature's laws into account.

We're now at a point where birth by Caesarean (C) section has overtaken vaginal births in private hospitals in this country, where the C-section rate is 60%.

Sister Lilian feels strongly about the fact that doctors and midwives should give women different options, and explain the truthful and accurate pros and cons of the different methods of giving birth right from the start.

Settling for the Caesarean path straightaway isn't always the best course of action. ‘The woman must be given an option A, B and C, and whatever works on the day, is the best plan.’

She has a clear message for expectant moms: ‘Mother Nature is on your side in the form of nurturing hormones, which means you're really equipped to do this thing. Know that the value of enjoying the experience is the thing that can liberate you to change your life.’

To read more of Sister Lilian’s views on this subject, visit Health24.

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