Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is a natural childbirth?

A natural childbirth is where no invasive techniques or medications are used during labour and delivery. Instead, techniques such as breathing exercises, self-hypnosis, and massage are all used for pain management instead of medications such as with an epidural.  Some women feel very strongly about having a natural childbirth and in most circumstances this can be achieved; however, it is important to be aware of the scenarios where intervention is necessary to prevent harm to the mom or the baby. See this post for when this may be the case. 

For more about having a natural childbirth, read this post.