So, you have decided you want natural labor...
Let’s make it happen!
My name is Shannon Dent and I am a local doula who offers natural birth services to moms during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With a specialty in natural birth, and working right here in Charlotte, I may have a few tricks and tips that could help you to have that natural birth you desire. You cannot control everything in labor but what can control is setting yourself up for success beforehand.
I believe that helping a mom:
Join me as I go over the best ways that you can get ready for a natural birth in Charlotte, NC.
Choose a supportive provider
Choosing the right care provider can make or break the success of your natural birth.
Find providers who will help you to have a healthy, safe and natural labor.
The highest rated hospitals and birth centers for the Charlotte area are with:
The Midwives at Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center
The Midwives at Novant Health Providence OB/GYN - Providence
They have been known to give women the most autonomy, freedom of movement and choice during birth in CLT.
And also have the lowest C-section rates.
*Pro tip, my favorite providers at Novant Health Providence are:
Stephanie Godfrey, CNM
Alexandria Montgomery, CNM
Katrina George, CNM
Consider hiring a homebirth midwife for more choice, increased mobility and a higher standard of care with hour long prenatals and postpartum visits. Contact your doula to connect you with a homebirth midwife near you.
Get educated on natural birth
Read, take classes, and talk with people.
Finding out as much as you can will be key in gaining confidence in your ability to birth naturally.
It can also help you decide what you want for your birth.
One of our local doulas wrote this book as a step-by-step guide to your pregnancy
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Think about taking a childbirth education class to get you and your husband on board.
My favorite local childbirth education classes are:
Prepared Birth with Kalle Thompson
Hypnobabies with Elizabeth Hudson
HypnoBirthing with Rebecca Duerr
Maintain a healthy pregnancy
Be proactive in your prenatal care.
Ask your care provider what you can be doing to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Exercise, eat lots of protein, vegetables, fruits and hydrate.
Build a Support System
Start building that team!
Your birth team includes your care provider, doula, partner, family and friends.
Every person counts and can help support you on your journey.
Consider hiring a doula. Hiring a doula increases the likelihood of having a natural birth by at least 15%, with a 39% decrease in Cesarean births. A doula is trained in helping mothers have natural births and for good reason. Doulas have hands-on experience in natural birth. Not only will they believe in you, but they also know it to be possible from watching it happen with women just like you.
Charlotte’s doulas can be found on
Your Charlotte Doulas
Having a natural birth is very possible when you stay determined.
Keep your head up and remember that many women have done this before you.
And if they can do it, what is stopping you from acheiving your goal?
Stay strong and breathe deep because the contractions are strong, but so are you. And that natural high and bliss that you will feel as you hold your baby in your arms for the first time will be so incredibly worth it.
As you navigate through the healthcare system of Charlotte, North Carolina, I hope you found sollace in the words above. With a supportive provider, a good support system, knowledge of natural birth, and knowing what you want, you are giving yourself the best headstart you can. This will only save you time in the future and improve your odds of a better birth outcome. The guide to a natural birth in Charlotte, North Carolina can truly be less complicated when you research your options and decide what is best for you and your family.
Best of luck,
your doula Shannon