Essence: The Girlfriends Guide to a Natural Childbirth

Either you're all for a natural birth or you think that women who go that route are crazy. Really, why would any woman want to go through that much pain when they don't have to? Well, I was one such woman. In fact, my epidural was planned way before I was even thinking of actually getting pregnant. For me, pain has always been enemy. However, once I did get pregnant and discovered the benefits of giving birth naturally, I came around, and had two births sans medication. But it was a process, and it wouldn't have been achieved without the help of a few girlfriends. So if you're thinking of having a natural birth, or perhaps you're just a pinch curious, consider this your 'Girlfriends Guide To A Natural Childbirth' from women who have been there and done it!
 
On the first thing a woman should do...
Daphne Wayans (5 births; no medication): I'd look at the timeline history of childbirth techniques, notice when pain medication was introduced (early 1900's), and ask yourself, 'How did women have babies up until that point?' I'd urge you to look at the birthing techniques of other mammals."

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