Lifewatch: Natural birthing suite

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
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(WECT) - Giving birth is one of the most incredible experiences in a woman's life, but it can also be one of the most painful.

Epidurals have helped with the pain, but many moms would rather deliver without the medication.  Now, a hospital in South Florida is hoping a spa-like atmosphere could be the alternative some women are looking for.

The lights are dimmed in the special labor and delivery room that is surrounded with soothing music and pictures.  Flameless candles sit next to signs with encouraging messages in the new natural birthing suite at Memorial Hospital Miramar in Florida.

"We can give them all the support that they need so that if they have the courage and if they have the will to try to have birth un-medicated that we are here for them," said RN Luisa Shulruff.

"In this fast-paced world that we have today where everything has to be timed and programmed, I think we are losing that allowing nature to take its course," said RN Sandra Droira.

While a growing number of expectant moms are scheduling C-sections, labor inductions, and epidurals, Eliza Pearo has signed up to give birth in the new suite without any medications.

"I understand that it's going to be painful but I think it's natural and I'm ready to deal with it," said Pearo.

"It offers the patient the ability to deliver in a natural, calm ambiance, but also have the backup of the hospital and all of the equipment and the technology and the expertise that the hospital has to intervene if there's an emergency situation," said Medical affairs director Dr. Eric Freeling.

Most natural childbirth techniques are non-invasive, so there is little potential for harm or side effects for you or your baby.

For more information about natural birthing options in the Wilmington area, click here.