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Natural Vaginal Birth Specialist

Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Huntington Beach, CA & Newport Beach, CA

If you’re seeking one of the best OB/GYN labor and delivery teams in the Orange County area and desire a natural vaginal birth, Jeffrey Illeck, MD, Anne K. Narayan, MD, and their experienced medical team are ready to help. At Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, they make natural vaginal births as comfortable and memorable as possible. Call the OB/GYNs at Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group for routine prenatal care and natural labor and delivery today.

Natural Vaginal Birth Q & A

What is a natural vaginal birth?

Natural vaginal birth means delivering your baby through the vaginal canal (versus a cesarean section) without taking any pain medication. Some women choose this method of childbirth because they don’t want their baby exposed to medication prior to, during, or after delivery.

What are the types of natural vaginal childbirth?

The team of OB/GYN physicians at Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group work with patients with various natural vaginal birth plans, such as:

Bradley Method®

The Bradley Method utilizes natural childbirth techniques, education, and the help of a loving, supportive labor coach. It emphasizes self-awareness and tuning into your body using natural relaxation and breathing techniques, exercise, and nutrition.

HypoBirthing®

HypnoBirthing is a natural childbirth method that focuses on your physical and psychological well-being. It’s built around relaxation, breathing, visualization, meditation, nutrition, and body toning. 

Your gynecologist accommodates your birth plan, regardless of the type of natural childbirth you choose, to make your experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

What are the pros and cons of natural childbirth?

Before deciding on natural vaginal childbirth, become familiar with its pros and cons. Some women prefer natural childbirth because their baby isn’t exposed to medications, or they’d like to feel more in tune with their bodies and gain the full childbirth experience.

However, natural childbirth can be a painful experience as it’s generally not as comfortable as childbirth with an epidural.

What should I expect during natural vaginal childbirth?

Your obstetrician at Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group delivers your baby at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. They make you as comfortable as possible while you’re in labor, accommodate your birth plan, and work with experienced doulas in the area if you’d like.

During the first stage of labor, you have contractions while your cervix begins to dilate. This process can last several hours to a day or longer. Once it dilates to 10 centimeters you begin pushing, which might last 20 minutes to 2 hours.

You may feel a burning sensation when your baby’s head begins to emerge from the vaginal canal. Breathing or meditation techniques help naturally ease the pain associated with contractions and pushing.

What happens after delivery?

After labor and delivery, you deliver the baby’s placenta. If you require stitches or another post-delivery treatment due to complications, your doctor provides the proper medical care to optimize your health. A neonatologist or pediatrician examines your baby to make sure it’s healthy, and you get to hold and spend time with your new little one while you recover.

If you’d like to have a natural vaginal childbirth with an experienced OB/GYN team who specializes in this realm, call Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group today or schedule a consultation online.


There is a national effort to decrease the Cesarean Delivery rates in the United States. Beach OBI GYN had been working for more than a decade to decrease these rates and consistently has one of the lowest Cesarean Delivery rates at Hoag Hospital. Specifically, the Amercian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is working with hospitais do increase vaginal delivery rates for first time mothers with a goal of 24 %. In 2018, Dr. Illeck's Cesarean rate for this subgroup was 13%, which is one of the lowest in Orange County. Dr. Illeck and Dr. Narayan work with birth educators in the community, with Bradley method, Hypnobabies, and others. For patients that would prefer minimal intervention, we hope to provide patients with their birth preferences while following hospital guidelines.