I've seen so many women describe induced births with epidurals as natural that I now refuse to use the word natural. I now say unhindered birth because that really describes what I mean. Furthermore it isn't natural to be on your back to push a baby out but that's how most women in hospitals do it, so unhindered means that not only are there no drugs, but the woman is free to move instinctively.
I hear a lot of women describe their induced labour, with epidural and vacuum or forceps as "natural" and it just irks me - none of those things are found in nature!! And I wonder if it has to do with the fact that we (as a society, not us specifically) have an issue with the word vagina. Wouldn't it be less complicated to just say "vaginal birth" or "caesarean"? For me personally a natural birth is one that takes place without any intervention. As a birth doula I support women to birth in whatever way they feel is best for them - but I also encourage correct terminology - intervention free vaginal birth, medically managed vaginal birth, caesarean section etc. There's nothing wrong with not have a "natural" birth (nature isn't always best - bushfires, cyclones, floods, ebola...), or not wanting a natural birth, but call it what it is!!!
Good question. Sometimes when people use the term they just mean a vaginal rather than caesarean birth, though many hospital births aren't what I'd call natural. I would say it means a birth with little or no medical intervention (drug free, allowed to happen in its own time). And don't get me wrong, by saying this I'm not judging people who need or opt for medical interventions.
I guess no forceps, no caesarean is what I call a natural birth.
I don't know why there is such anti agains non-natural methods (not numbers).
I wish I had ended up with a caesaren section instead of forceps. I think women underestimate the terrible damage done to babies by forceps deliveries. Caesarean sections are a pretty safe delivery method. Also I can't understand any woman complaining about drugs during delivery. Jeebus, try telling that to someone who gave birth before the last 20 years.