I am a midwife, childbirth educator, lecturer, doula, and natural mother of eight children. This is not a medical reference; I do not proclaim to give medical advice. Anything stated here is from personal experience, research, study, and opinion. Each woman has the responsibility to do her own research, consult with her own medical team, and make her own decisions about pregnancy and birth.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Doctor Who Agrees, "Natural Birth is Best!"

 Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
 Haider, One Year
This is my second repost of a Dr. Mercola article.  I really like this guy!  In this article he confirms what I keep saying, "Natural birth is best!"  By natural we are referring to not just "vaginal" but non-medicated and non-medical intervened.

I am happy to repost his article here and have highlighted some of the comments that particularly interested or impressed me.

I hope you enjoy reading this article.  Please let me know if you have a story idea or would like to share your birth story. Now on to the article...A Doctor Who Agrees, "Natural Birth is Best!"...

A major study of more than 94,000 births found that women who have a planned (elective) caesarean section put themselves, and their babies, at increased risk of serious complications and death.
  • Risk of maternal death was three to five times higher compared to vaginal birth
  • Risk of requiring a hysterectomy after a caesarian was four times higher than after vaginal birth
  • Being admitted to intensive care, requiring a hospital stay of more than seven days was twice as high for those who underwent planned caesarians, compared to those who had natural births 
The only time cesarean section was a safer alternative than vaginal birth was for babies who were in a breech position. But for normal, headfirst deliveries, the risk of the baby dying or suffering serious complications was one-and-a-half times higher when an elective (non-emergency) cesarean was performed. 
This study should be a wake-up call, as nearly 25 percent of all deliveries are now cesarean sections. According to lead researcher Dr. Jose Villar, “The increase in rates of caesarean delivery at an institutional level is not associated with any clear overall benefit for the baby or the mother but is linked with increased morbidity for both.” 
Said Dr. James Walker, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an obstetrician in Leeds, “[C-sections] can save lives in some circumstances but it does have risks for the mother and baby. It is important we don’t think of them as just another delivery option. This research is a reality check that we don’t go too far.”

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

There’s no doubt that a cesarean section can save your life, or the life of your baby in some circumstances. But the main point here is that ELECTING to have a C-section rather than going through with a vaginal delivery will increase your risk of serious complications, including death, for either you or your child.
Some instances where a C-section is necessary would include:
  • In the event of a prolapsed umbilical cord (the umbilical cord slips through your cervix before your baby and may endanger your baby's oxygen supply)
  • In the event of placenta previa, which occurs when your placenta grows in such a way that it blocks your baby's exit through your cervix
  • When your baby is in a transverse (sideways) position
  • If you have an outbreak of genital herpes 
Unfortunately, the growing fanfare surrounding cesarean sections is another health care "illusion." The rising rate of C-sections is not due to an increase in the complications mentioned above, but rather to an increase in planned C-sections for reasons such as patient or practitioner convenience, pain-free labor, or provider liability fears, none of which constitute a valid reason for C-section.
If you are on the fence about whether or not to deliver your baby vaginally, remember that a C-section is MAJOR surgery, which brings with it many risks. As with all modern procedures, deciding to use drugs or technology is a judgment call -- it may make things better, or worse.

For example, babies born by C-section do not receive the natural stimulation that comes from moving down the birth canal, and therefore must often be given oxygen or a rub down to help them breathe. They also do not receive your natural hormones, which are released during vaginal birth to help your baby during its first moments of life.

Merely putting yourself in the hands of a high-tech doctor and a high-tech hospital does not guarantee you the safest birth. You yourself must take responsibility for your child's birth, including your decision of whether or not to use surgery.

There is not a single report in the scientific literature that shows obstetricians (specially trained surgeons) to be safer than midwives for low risk or normal pregnancy and birth. So if you are among the more than 75 percent of all women with a normal pregnancy, the safest birth attendant for you is in fact not a doctor but a midwife or doula.

Below is a variety of sources to help you make your pregnancy and childbirth as healthy and joyous as it possibly can be. If you are not pregnant, but know someone who is, take a moment to forward this vital information to her as well. It may make a world of difference.
Education resources:
Home birth resources:
  • The Home Birth Advantage by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein
  • www.homefirst.com
  • www.elvovemd.com
  • Check your yellow pages or do a Google search for home birth providers in your area
How to find a midwife, doula, or birth attendant:
Water birth resources:
Emotional resources:


  1. Assalamu alaikum

    Can you please provide me with your email address?


  2. Wa alaikum asalam, ya Afifa,

    You can email me directly at


    I'm looking forward to hearing from you, insha'Allah.

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom