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    I'm surprised to see so many people think the natural birth option in HK are satisfactory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie mum View Post
    I'm surprised to see so many people think the natural birth option in HK are satisfactory.

    I suppose it depends on the OB you're with. I was encouraged to go ahead with natural birth, despite my age, etc, and that's exactly what I did. But true, hospitals/OBs here don't do water births.

    Umm, an orgasm was definitely THE last thing on my mind during contractions. Some people really have mind-blowing imaginations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie mum View Post
    I'm surprised to see so many people think the natural birth option in HK are satisfactory.
    Me too--because:

    1. Not allowed to do homebirth with a certified nurse midwife
    2. No birthing centers in Hong Kong
    3. An extremely high c-section rate in Hong Kong
    4. Birthing coaches/doulas not allowed in the birthing room (right?)
    5. No access to hot water/tubs during labor (right?)

    Where I'm from, these are the bare minimum requirements that need to be made available for natural birth options to be fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerscrossed View Post
    I suppose it depends on the OB you're with. I was encouraged to go ahead with natural birth, despite my age, etc, and that's exactly what I did. But true, hospitals/OBs here don't do water births.

    Umm, an orgasm was definitely THE last thing on my mind during contractions. Some people really have mind-blowing imaginations.
    I think the term "natural birth options" refers to more than just the attitude of the OB. If the OB is like, "Yeah, sure, have a natural birth" but then doesn't coach you/teach you how to have one and make the tools and setting available as well as personnel available to really encourage you to have one, that's not really a "natural birth option." It's kind of one of those things, "If you can do it, do it, but don't expect any extra support" here in HK, I think. Did your OB actively help you have a natural birth or were you simply able to pull it off on your own?

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    When you talk about 'natural' birth are you meaning a birth with no drugs or a vaginal birth?
    My view is that there is very, very little help in Hong Kong for a birth without drugs. I only know about five mothers who have managed this here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbwong_130 View Post
    When you talk about 'natural' birth are you meaning a birth with no drugs or a vaginal birth?
    My view is that there is very, very little help in Hong Kong for a birth without drugs. I only know about five mothers who have managed this here.
    Vaginal birth is vaginal birth but natural birth is a drug-free birth, in my opinion. You can have a vaginal birth with drugs and interventions (suction, forceps) but you can't really call your birth a "natural" one if you had a dose of narcotics to numb the pain, I think or your labor was started or augmented artificially. I guess I'm a "purest" in that sense, though.

    The nurse midwife at the birth of my son, had worked in several different settings before working at the hospital I gave birth at. She told me that in most birthing centers, pain medication is not even an option on the table--instead they provide a plethora of natural aides to get you through labor.
    Last edited by thanka2; 10-20-2009 at 12:41 PM.

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