Choosing a birthing option

Norton Healthcare offers a full range of childbirth options designed to give you the best experience that’s right for you and your baby.

Most babies are born via vaginal birth, which presents mothers-to-be with many choices in planning their delivery experience. In some cases, a cesarean section (C-section) may be required for the safety of mom and baby. Regardless of which method you and your provider determine is best, your preferences are important every step of the way.


You have many details to consider when deciding how to deliver your baby, and having a birth plan can help make sure everyone knows what you want to happen.

Although there are too many variables to decide precisely how labor and delivery will happen, a birth plan will serve as a guide, making the process as stress-free and joy-filled as possible.

Delivery options

You have a lot of options when choosing how you’d like to give birth. That’s because Norton Healthcare is committed to meeting the unique needs of all expectant mothers.


Much like a coach, a doula assists a woman before, during and shortly after childbirth. Doulas are hired by the family and are considered a guest in the delivery room. You can have two guests with you at Norton Healthcare facilities.


The most popular form of pain relief during labor is anesthesia commonly referred to as an epidural. It is administered with a needle into the epidural space of the spinal cord. Medication blocks the nerves from feeling pain, allowing most women to deliver with minimal discomfort and limited side effects.

Labor tub

You can labor in warm water to lower stress and pain in Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital’s labor tub.


In the U.S., the first licensed midwives date back to the early 1700s. Midwives who practice in the medical setting are certified nurse midwives (CNMs). They are highly trained, board-certified nurse practitioners who can help deliver your baby.

Natural birth

This is a labor and delivery with minimal medical and technological intervention. It usually involves using special breathing and relaxation techniques for pain relief. A natural birth is truly defined by each woman’s preference. Many will choose to use nitrous oxide or spend time in a labor tub to help soothe labor pains.

Nitrous oxide labor

Commonly used for births during the 1800s until the invention of alternative pain medications and epidurals, nitrous oxide is safe and easy to use.

Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

The American Pregnancy Association says about three out of five women can successfully give birth vaginally after a C-section. A Norton Healthcare doctor can work with you to achieve your goal.

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