Anyone Considering Natural Birth

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lisa715 - November 1

Okay - So i can't believe i'm the one talking about this (i've always been very happy to have an epidural available!) but i went to see an AMAZING doc_mentary by Ricki Lake called "The Business of Being Born" and it was truly life-changing. i am now considering having a mid-wife assist instead of a doctor and a completely non-traditional birth (or traditional depending on how you view it i guess) - no pain drugs, no inducing, no nothing. just letting nature take it's course. i will be in a hospital though just to ease my mind. this is my first of hopefully more and i know SOO many girls who had to have c-sections. i'm going to do all in my power to avoid that so i am healthy for future births. heck - our ancestors have been popping babies out and jumping right back up to farm, right?! anyway - is there anyone else considering this? (i highly recommend you check out this film too!!)

 

meg - November 1

With my ds I was considering going natural (no epi...I did go into labor naturally). & I was doing really well until I hit 8 cm, & then I thought I was going to die! Right about that time, the OB came in & told me that if I wanted an epi it was now or never. Considering how I felt, now was the option I chose! & I must say, it was amazing!!! I had no adverse effects & I enjoyed the labor & delivery so much more! I loved being able to watch, pain free, my son being born....it was amazing! I previously thought I had a high threshhold for pain...guess it wasn't as high as I thought. With my currently pregnancy...we'll just see how it goes. Maybe the pain won't be as bad. I feel no need to make that decision until the time comes! Good luck to you...I hope it works out...whatever you plan! :-)

 

lisa715 - November 1

yeah - i think i need to make a final decision b/f i get to the hospital and that way they won't offer me the epidural at all. i heard that if you are able to move around instead of lying in the bed in the "stirrup" position, it helps too...i have a lot of thinking to do!!

 

Krissy25 - November 1

I can't really give much advice on v____al deliveries b/c my baby was breech and i had a c-section. But i can give advice on keeping an open mind. I had taken a lamaz cla__s to learn how to breath and my dh learned how to give great ma__sages during contractions, but before i could finalize my birth plan i had to throw it out the window b/c we learned she was facing the wrong way and was to big to turn. What's important though is that my dd is healthy and i am healthy. MY advice think about what you want and come up with a plan but don't be upset if it doesnt' turn out the way you want and if the pain is too much don't be afarid to ask for and epi. no one is going to hand you a gold metal in the end for having a natural child birth. Good luck to you.

 

indenial - November 1

Lisa, I plan on giving birth naturally. My cousin in law did a couple of years ago and I thought she was insane, but now it's just something I would like to do. I plan on taking Bradley cla__ses as they come highly recommended, but I will also be in a hospital and as Krissy25 said, will keep an open mind, depending on how my pg develops. I also don't plan on discussing it with a lot of people, b/c I don't want to have to justify my choice to everyone as the majority people think that there is no need to go through that much pain when they have meds for it. Thanks for the info on the doc_mentary, I'll have to check it out.

 

Happymommy - November 1

Hi! I am on my third pregnancy and I had the walking epidural with both of my first two. (it is one shot put into the spine and it dulls the pain right in your middle but not from waist down like the epidural) It does not take away the pain completely, it just dulls it. I could still feel contractions and by the time I had to push it was worn off. With this one I am keeping an open mind, too. Although, when I got to the very active stage of labor with my first two I don't know how I could have down it without a little pain relief! GL to all of you.

 

Happymommy - November 1

Just an interesting observation--most people a__sume that the "all natural way" is how women have been doing it throughout history, but in fact in the past women used opium, choroform, and ether!

 

lisa715 - November 1

I have been doing a little research on dulling the pain naturally using the Hypnobirthing method. On the babyfit dot com website the women are raving about it. some of their stories are so candid i'm always surprised at how little pain they felt. the website is hypnobirthing dot com - i'm going to read up on it and schedule a meeting with a midwife. i think that since i'm so early on (just hit 8 weeks!) i have a ton of time to explore some options. and i don't have any risks involved so i have a lot of options!

 

fefer1 - November 2

I am all for going natural - if you can. I was so worn out that I couldn't do it with out the epidural. I was induced and my dd came really fast though. There was no break between contractions. I went from 5-9cm in 30 minutes. Right after I got the epi. :) I just think you should keep it open as an option - it sort of took the pressure off of me. I would love to go natural with my second but we'll see what happens. As for the breathing techniques - as soon as I got into some serious contractions, everything I learned went out the window. I couldn't focus on it at all and wanted to strangle my husband for trying to make me count and breathe. Haha....

 

mstcr1 - November 2

I had decided with my son I wanted a natural child birth, simply because the epidural scared me more than the labor. I was VERY lucky and my labor was only 5 hours - my first kid !! I did beg for an epidural but by the time they got ahold of the drug man it was too late, I was at 10 cm and had to push. It was pretty painful but the pain was over so quickly and everything was so surreal that it really didnt phase me. I plan on my 2nd one being natural as well, it was a much nicer experience.

 

kay101 - November 2

HELL NO! lol sorry! Do you have any other children or is this your first? My labor might have been worse because I was induced with pitocin which makes your contractions faster and stronger. Well I had to go a "natural" a little longer than I wanted to. The nurse didn't get in my epidural the first shot (you have no idea how surprised I was it wasn't done by a doctor) and it took 3 hours for me to get an anestesiologist (sp?) to come do it. I was 7 cm dialated by then and lemme tell ya, I'd never seen that man in my life but I told him I loved him. It's a very personal choice and all women deal with pain differently. Maybe you should stay open to both options. See how you do with labor, if it goes well go all the way, if not, go for the epidural.

 

anfmom - November 3

That sounds great. I had little pain med with my first but I broke my tail bone which never heals right so i might have to have a c-section this time

 

sarah21 - November 4

I am 20 weeks with my first and had my first appointment at the hospital with a Dr. and hated it. I decided to try out a birthing center and I feel such a peace about it. My blood pressure is even better there! I know that I won't have pain meds, but I will have two attending midwives to coach me through it, and they know how to naturally relieve pain and help me relax and pay attention to my body. Midwives have lower incidences of having to refer for c-sections, have higher live birth rates, and in general, women really enjoy their experiences there. They create a relaxing, comforting home-like environment. I think it was the best decision I made. I don't want to be treated like I'm ill-- I'm not! I'm pregnant! They have the att_tude that pregnancy is normal, natural, and beautiful. At the OB I felt like there was something abnormal and unnatural about my situation. So that's why I chose a midwife. Why don't you try meeting with one?

 

lisa715 - November 5

that's awesome! unfortunately, the 2 birthing centers closest to me just closed down, but i'm going to talk to my doctor who has a midwife in his office. i'm going to interview her and a couple others. my doctor is great about it and highly regards midwives. our hospital just renovated its birthing ward to be more friendly as well (i think they really just want discovery health to come film there!! haha!) so i'm going to see what that looks like now too.

 

joannapianna - November 8

I have had 2 children already and in pregnant with my 3rd, my daughter was born naturally and my c-section, however with the natural birth i was back on my feet straight away and feeling fine, with the c-section, it took longer, i suffered stress more, my ankles swell up and i was in a lot of discomfort. I recommend natural childbirth anyday, but sometimes for the safety of the mother and child c-sections are the only solution.

 

joannapianna - November 8

(SORRY TYPO BEFORE) I have had 2 children already and in pregnant with my 3rd, my daughter was born naturally and my son c-section, however with the natural birth i was back on my feet straight away and feeling fine, with the c-section, it took longer, i suffered stress more, my ankles swell up and i was in a lot of discomfort. I recommend natural childbirth anyday, but sometimes for the safety of the mother and child c-sections are the only solution. =

 

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