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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nat′ural child′birth(n.)

  1. childbirth involving little or no use of drugs or anesthesia, involving a program in which the mother is psychologically and physically prepared for the birth process.

    Category: Medicine, Pathology

Origin of natural childbirth:

1930–35

Princeton's WordNet

  1. natural childbirth(noun)

    labor and childbirth without medical intervention; no drugs are given to relieve pain or aid the birth process

    "natural childbirth is considered the safest for the baby"

Freebase

  1. Natural childbirth

    Natural childbirth is a philosophy of childbirth that is based on the belief that women who are adequately prepared are innately able to give birth without routine medical interventions. Natural childbirth arose in opposition to the techno-medical model of childbirth that has recently gained popularity in industrialized societies, and is a childbirth philosophy that attempts to minimize medical intervention, particularly the use of anesthetic medications and surgical interventions such as episiotomies, forceps and ventouse deliveries and caesarean sections. A woman's definition of 'natural' may range from no intervention at all to birth which includes any intervention deemed appropriate. The application of this philosophy may occur during a physician or midwife attended hospital birth, a midwife attended homebirth, or an unassisted birth.The term "natural childbirth" was coined by obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read upon publication of his book Natural Childbirth in the 1930s, which was followed by the 1942 Childbirth Without Fear.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Natural Childbirth

    Labor and delivery without medical intervention, usually involving RELAXATION THERAPY.

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