Despite many concerns, Natural Birthing also reduces the risk of Postpartum Stress Syndrome (PSS). This syndrome is a result of the stress from the short period following and including the day of birth; this stress physically translates into abnormalities in the circulatory system and accumulates into the stress syndrome. However, mothers who go through Natural Birthing give birth in a comfortable environment and therefore experience minimal stress levels and reduces any risk of PSS.
Also during natural labor and birth, the mother’s body secretes a ‘happy hormone’ called oxytocin which causes a rush of accomplishment and maternal love. For this reason, Natural Birthing also reduces the risk for the major social concern, postpartum depression.
Second, the largest benefit is to the baby. The baby can enter the world into a peaceful environment.
In Dr. Leboyer’s book, “Birth without Violence”, he pointed that within the delivery room all the commotion, blinding lights, and rushed medical interventions can be seen as violence in the baby’s perspective. In an ordinary hospital delivery, the baby prepares to enter the world for 10 months in his mother’s womb and is suddenly placed in a frightening environment full of sounds and lights.
Sometimes, the baby even comes out before he is fully prepared. Also, immediately after birth, the babies are usually sent away to the nursery for various tests and even after the tests, they remain separated from their mothers. All of these protocols exist because of the notion that babies are in constant danger, and the hospital is trying to minimize any harms. However on the contrary, the baby would view all of these tests and time spent alone as acts of violence. Due to these reasons, the environment of Natural Birthing is much more comfortable and safe like home.
The baby is peacefully born in a calm, dim-light area receiving constant support and encouragement from everyone around, and usually after birth the baby is embraced by the mother to experience the love and bond the baby was receiving back in the womb. Most babies when embraced don’t cry out as if in pain, but enjoy the moment of peace and listen in on the conversations their mothers and fathers are having just as they did back in the womb.
In addition, as the baby receives any massage from either parent, the natural skin to skin contact helps brain development and emotional stability. Even if the baby is born through C-Section with medical assistance, forming an early bond with love and affection is definitely possible. If the baby needs to be transferred to a larger hospital, it is highly recommended to hold the baby while waiting and start developing a bond as early as possible. A natural and peaceful birth and spending the first moments of the baby’s life embraced by his parents are the best gifts a parent can give to their newborn.
Third, the husband changes and the family is restored.
As the husband watches his wife undergo the prenatal preparations, labor, and childbirth, he starts to realize that he isn’t a bystander but one of the main character in part of the pregnancy and childbirth. The father is reborn with the baby. These two benefits, that the baby is not separated from his mother and that the family is reborn, are the greatest benefits, values, and ultimate purpose of Natural Birthing. A safe stable society is reflected from a safe and stable family.