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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

In the Netherlands, between 30 and 40 percent of deliveries take place at home. The use of epidural anesthesia is not generalized, applying only in 8% of the cases, only when the doctor considers it necessary.

There are women who accept these conditions while others prefer to give birth in countries like Brussels or Germany where they do.

The advocates of natural childbirth see Holland as the parishioners' paradise, while those who are not so convinced believe that the use of analgesia in childbirth should be more widespread.

It seems that things are being reconsidered in the Netherlands regarding this matter, since a medical advisory school has made a new proposal proposing that the epidural be applied whenever the patient requests it .

The truth is that the issue is not without controversy about whether the use of the epidural or the use of the epidural.

Personally, and it is a very personal opinion, I think that a natural birth does not have to be at odds with the good use of the epidural. I believe that in the end, medical advances, well applied, are positive.

While it is true that the epidural can lead to side effects, to minimize them, the woman should be subjected to a thorough medical check in addition to being informed of all risks before undergoing anesthesia. And then, have the right to decide whether or not to assume their own risk.

It is also true that there are alternative ways of overcoming pain in childbirth such as massage, breathing and relaxation techniques, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, etc., but again I think that the most important thing is to get informed and then that everyone chooses the option with the that feels more identified.

In short, I think the important thing is that no form of giving birth is imposed, neither towards one extreme nor towards the other, neither in Holland nor in China. Women should have the right to choose how we want to give birth in any country in the world, whether at home without an epidural or with it in a hospital.

Via | Radio Nederland In Babies and more | Home delivery: giving birth at home In Babies and more | Would you give birth in your own home? In Babies and more | The humanized scientific delivery, a more natural option In Babies and more | You can choose where to give birth

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