Nowadays more and more parents are looking for natural childbirth options. It is challenging to find them here in South East Asia, where “natural” approach is not as popular as in Europe, Australia or US. However, it is possible to have the birth you want and here are a few tips for you to make it happen
1. Find a doula
There are a couple of doulas here in Bangkok and you can find them online or come over to a monthly meet up called “Choices in Childbirth” that runs at Kuppa cafe. You will find other parents-to-be and doulas. You do not have to hire one if you don’y want, just come over to listen about your options in birth.
However, I advice to find a doula for a few reasons. Above all, she will be a professional who will continuously support you during labor. Doctors and nurses will come in for dilation check or heart monitoring and leave. Doula will stay by your side, holding your hand, giving you massages and helping your partner to take care of you. Here you can find all the benefits of having a doula at birth
2. Find the right care provider
Not all the doctors here in Bangkok are working with natural, meds free, interventions-free births. Even if some would say they do, things might change in the labor room. So, make sure you are doing an informed choice when deciding for your OB/GYN. Interview your doctor and discuss your birth plan with him or her. Meanwhile, talk to other mothers who had birth with your care provider and ask about their experience. As a result you will have a better perspective to make your choice.
3. Choose the right hospital
Choosing your care provider is more important indeed. However, you and your partner might want to look at the hospitals with special facilities for natural labor. Special LDR will make your experience easier, as it feels more like home than a hospital. And most importantly, natural labor rooms possess all necessary tools like privet shower, space to walk and move around, dim lights, birth balls, birthing chair, sarong to pull while pushing baby… Some hospitals have tubs for water birth, that is also a good option to consider.
It is a good idea to check the labor rooms before your birth started. Because you want to know and like the environment you will deliver in.
if you are living around South East Asia and wondering where to give birth, Bangkok one of the best options. If you want to know more details please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org or WA +66830631454
Anfisa Grigorova, Doula and Breastfeeding Consultant