Almost every expectant mother wants to deliver their baby through Natural Childbirth. Not only is the natural childbirth cheaper compared to the induced delivery and C-Section, it is also healthier for the baby. Now, most mothers will consider giving birth at a hospital than a birthing center because they seem to think that the option can be dangerous for their baby一which is wrong.
What is a Birthing Center?
This is a medical facility which is focused on helping mothers give deliver their child in a less restrictive manner. This gives the mother, a home-like birthing environment than that of a hospital. A birthing center is usually facilitated by a licensed physician or a certified midwife who will also be the one helping laboring mothers give birth.
Here are the benefits of having a Natural Childbirth at a Birthing Center:
- Helps the Baby Breathe Properly
During the delivery, the baby secretes Catecholamines, a stress hormone which is commonly produced during a threatening or stressful situation. These hormones help the baby breath properly by absorbing the amniotic fluid in the baby’s lungs. Aside from that, it also increases the surfactant production to keep the baby’s lungs inflated after the labor.
On the other hand, when the delivery is forced, induced or is done through a C-Section, the baby is 4x most likely to experience respiratory distress. If it gets worse the baby is then admitted to a special care unit.
- Stronger Immune System for the Baby
Aside from the stress hormone Catecholamines that the baby is producing, the baby also receives maternal antibodies from their mother which is then transferred during the labor.
The immune system for newborn babies is still immature, which can be very vulnerable to all sorts of diseases. These antibodies from their mother strengthen the immune system of the baby which will protect them from diseases.
- Creates a Mother-Baby Bonding
Aside from strengthening your baby, the Catecholamines also creates another vital effect between the baby – mother bond. Whenever the mother gives birth to her newborn naturally, the baby is wide-eyed and is alert as he or she meets his or her mother for the first time. During this period the mother breastfeeds her baby skin-to-skin which creates a special bond between the mother and the baby.
As a result, the baby already knows his or her mother’s voice and will stare intently at their mother’s face. Aside from that, the mother’s scent and the taste of the mother’s skin will also be imprinted on the baby during this time.
If you want to give the best for your baby especially when it comes to their health and immune system, your goal should also be the natural childbirth.