I used to teach natural childbirth classes, for people who wanted to have a natural birth. Even in that setting, my number one advice was that whatever makes the mother feel comfortable and safe is what’s going to work during birth. If it makes you feel safe to birth in a hospital, or have an epidural then those things can be right for your birth. In my class, I did a whole session on the ‘what ifs’ of natural birth — I also took hypnobirthing and my baby came so fast he was born at home with only my husband there. Wanting a natural birth is all good and well, but the education should also include those other circumstances — what if the baby is brow first, what if there is back labor, and the fact that there is no shame or failure in birthing in different ways.

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