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After becoming pregnant women are faced with the decision between having a cesarean section or a natural childbirth.  This decision is tough as there are many factors at play including but not limited to religious beliefs, health, etc. The key to deciding which type of childbirth experience you would like to have is information. Research on your and be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have.

If you have already decided to have a natural childbirth, follow these tips.

Prenatal classes
There are many classes that offer tips on how on breathing techniques, pain management, and relaxation strategies. Many of the classes are offered on your hospital premises or can use word of mouth or the internet to to find a location of your choosing.

Choose the right health care provider
Make sure that you and your healthcare provider are on the same page when it comes to your childbirth experience. When it comes to natural childbirth, it does not hurt to consider hiring a doula.

A doula is a trained assistant who provides support to the mother and family post-childbirth.

Water
Try to spend as much time as possible in the water. Doing so can assist with helping your body to relax and also help with pain management. Most commonly used forms of water used during childbirth are the shower, bathtub, birthing pool and hot compresses.