Kopa Birth® is your #1 resource for natural hospital birth.
Kopa Birth® is the clear choice for couples who are preparing for a natural hospital birth. Our online courses are developed, taught, and reviewed by healthcare providers. This includes certified childbirth educators, nurses, and midwives who all share a common goal of helping couples achieve their goals for natural hospital births.
KOPA® PREPARED Online Childbirth Classes
Are you wondering how to have a natural hospital birth? Look no further! Kopa Birth's® online birthing classes allow you to prepare for a natural hospital birth from the comfort of your own home, 24/7. Get started today!
Over 25% of Kopa Birth® couples are referred to their course by their doctor or midwife.
Natural Hospital Birth
Learn simple, evidence-based tips to start preparing for your own natural hospital birth.
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7 Natural Hospital Birth Tips
Find a hospital with a low cesarean rate.
Cesarean rates can vary widely from hospital to hospital. This suggests that hospital policy or procedures might place a healthy, low-risk woman at a greater risk for interventions. Find a hospital with a low cesarean rate and set yourself up for the best chance for a successful natural birth.
Find a doctor or midwife that supports natural birth.
Find a doctor or midwife whose practices and policies support low-intervention, vaginal birth that starts on its own. Interview several providers or practices before you make your final decision to be sure they’re a good fit for your birth philosophy.
Talk to your doctor or midwife regularly about your plans for a natural birth.
Your monthly or bi-weekly prenatal visits are the ideal time to discuss your plans for a natural childbirth. Start early and build a positive relationship with your doctor or midwife. Talk, ask questions, and of course, listen.
Take a hospital-friendly natural childbirth class.
Be sure that your chosen childbirth class discusses the pros and cons of common hospital-based interventions using evidence rather than opinion. This type of childbirth class will increase your knowledge and, ultimately, your ability to advocate for a natural hospital birth.
Learn and practice a wide variety of coping tools.
Deep relaxation, breathing techniques, positioning, and massage are just a few of the tools that you can use to cope well with labor contractions. Prepare yourself for a positive natural birth by first learning and then practicing a wide variety of labor coping tools.
Create a birth plan that will be well-received.
Try to keep your birth plan to just one page. Be sure to use terms that reflect that you are flexible and well-educated. For example, “Assuming the baby is doing well, I ask for only intermittent fetal monitoring during labor.”
Prepare your Partner and/or Hire a doula.
Surround yourself with a supportive birth team. Encourage your partner to take childbirth classes with you and practice together the skills you learn. Consider hiring a doula who will work in conjunction with your birth partner to help give you the best chance for a safe and positive natural birth.
You're in good hands with Kopa Birth®. We specialize in preparing couples for natural hospital birth.
Is Natural Birth Harder in the Hospital?
You've probably been told that it's hard to have a natural birth in a hospital. While it's true that the hospital can create some hurdles to a natural birth, there are many compelling benefits to hospital birth, as well.
Natural Hospital Birth – Challenges
Natural Hospital Birth – Benefits
Natural Hospital Birth Requires Special Preparation
Natural hospital birth requires couples to have clear expectations about pain in labor.
Giving birth is an empowering, joyful experience for many women. However, most of those same women would agree that labor can be painful. There are times when you might want to give up on your goal of a natural birth. Those feelings can be more challenging to overcome in a hospital setting, where there is always the option of pain medication like epidurals and IV narcotics. Kopa Birth® prepares couples with realistic expectations about pain in labor and offers a wide variety of coping tools to help couples manage the intensity of contractions with calm and confidence.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to support themselves semi-independently during the birth.
In a hospital birth, many doctors or midwives will check in with a couple only periodically during labor. Most providers will be in the room consistently only during the final stages of pushing and birth. Additionally, some facilities have policies that limit the number of support people that can be in the room at one time, although doulas are typically welcome. Knowing this, Kopa Birth® prepares birth partners to support mom with confidence during a natural hospital birth. Partners learn how to care for mom both physically and emotionally by tuning in to her coping style and supporting her with massage, heat & cold, breathing, motion, and many other comfort techniques.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to understand the interventions that are most likely to be offered to them.
A wide variety of common hospital policies and interventions are in place with a goal to ensure safe birth outcomes. However, at times those routine interventions may make the goal of a natural birth more difficult to achieve. Kopa Birth® objectively presents the pros and cons of the most common hospital interventions. This enables couples to make their own best, most-informed choices during labor. Learn about triage, IVs, fetal monitoring, ripening agents, inductions, amniotomy, assisted delivery, and many other hospital-based interventions.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to establish a team relationship with their doctor, midwife, and other healthcare providers.
Most doctors, midwives, and nurses are eager to help you achieve a natural hospital birth. A positive, natural birth is most likely to be achieved when couples view their healthcare providers as valuable team members rather than as enemies that are trying to “force” interventions during labor. Achieving a team relationship requires open communication and asking questions. Kopa Birth® couples learn how to build a relationship of trust with their doctor or midwife, and are offered lists of “Healthcare Provider Talk Points” to use as a basis of conversations during prenatal check-ups.