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Give birth naturally, women urged
by Nicholas Cheng

PETALING JAYA - Experts have advised women to choose natural childbirth over Caesarean section because natural birthing has long-term benefits for both mother and child.

It was noted at the Second International Conference On Birth Without Borders Malaysia that more women were choosing Caesarean births as opposed to natural delivery.

The two-day conference, organised by the Malaysian Breastfeeding Association, the Health Ministry and the International Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Coalition, was attended by about 100 obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives.

Childbirth and midwifery expert Dr Robbie Davis-Floyd spoke at the event, saying that besides risking infection, Caesarean births could also impede the breastfeeding process and bonding between mother and child.

"When you give birth vaginally, your body receives a cocktail of hormones, one being the biggest rush of oxytocin you could have in your life.

"This rush helps you fall in love with the baby and helps your milk let down, creating a pheremoneal connection with the child.

"The baby smells the milk that is being let down and is able to latch on better for breastfeeding, which would be more difficult to achieve after a Caesarean birth," she said.

Dr Davis-Floyd also highlighted the need for babies to be in constant physical contact with their mothers.

"This is going to sound weird but when the baby is born and the mother touches the skin, the baby's body is colonised with the mother's bacteria.

"That's what you want because the baby is going to grow up in her household, so it needs those bacteria.

"If someone else holds the baby and takes the baby to a nursery, its gut is going to be colonised with bacteria from the nursery or the nurse's.

"A lot of diseases may develop later in life because of this," she said after the conference.

The conference also stressed on the importance for hospitals to create a mother-baby friendly environment in their maternity service.

Dr Davis-Floyd said this includes treating women in labour on a case-by-case basis, practising midwifery knowledge and reducing drug use and other pain relief methods during labour.

She also gave tips on how to make labour more comfortable.

"For instance, it is very important that the mother is upright and constantly moving rather than laying flat on the bed.

"If you're on your back, the baby's weight is making your birth canal smaller, which makes it much harder to push.

"But if you are upright and leaning forward, then the birth canal opens wider and the baby descends easier," she said.

Dr Davis-Floyd also discouraged doctors to tell women to push when there is no contraction as it is painful and could damage the cervix.

Ministry statistics give the Malaysian birth rate at 17.5 per 1,000 population while the maternal mortality rate is 29 per 100,000 live births.

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readers' comments

for those in delivery ward with wives, after waiting for 20+ hours, then baby still don't come out, have to do C-section.

So it all depends on how your kid wants to come out, not what you want to have natural birth.

For those who chooses the birthday of the child, I got nothing to say.
Posted by patfong00 on Mon, 27 May 2013 at 16:45 PM
Aiya ... dont be lazy ... go click the thread and read first ... :p

Here not referring to medical conditions that delivery must go thru operation ... its when everything is normal, the girl choose natural or operation ..... :D

Posted by Small Fly on Mon, 27 May 2013 at 16:40 PM

seriously..... its not up to you to choose.... depend on where is the baby head...:)
Posted by 158X128kg on Mon, 27 May 2013 at 16:32 PM
In order to have many babies .... wives must deliver thru natural birthing .... if operation, maximum babies can deliver is only 2 (correct?) and no more .... I sure want my wife give birth natural way .... :o :D
Posted by Small Fly on Mon, 27 May 2013 at 16:30 PM
They should work on the husbands to convince the wives that they will still love them even if one baby popped out from their vagina. No loose.
Posted by mystrawberry on Mon, 27 May 2013 at 16:25 PM

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