Hey there! So I just signed up for this group but noticed the last post was a year ago. Anyone like me planning to do the 'crazy thing' and give birth naturally? Let's give each other support and updates on here.
Thanx for posting more about your own birth story with your 1st daughter. Have to say that I always wanted to learn more about this and beyond. Now, just wish that others would see what we see with this and beyond. In which I have really nothing of my own to add to this because I have yet to go through this myself. Hopefully in the near the future. At the same time will be sharing this including my reply to you.
Hi, I'm going to be having a little girl around February 23 and would really like to try to have, at the least, a non-epidural/spinal tap birth. Not because I think they harm the baby, but because I would like to have the full experience of childbirth. Everyone seems to think I'm crazy and won't be able to do it, which actually make me want to succeed even more! This might be the only child I have, and I think the natural birthing process, as painful as it may be, would be an incredible bonding experience for little Lilliana and me. My husband is supportive up to a point, he won't admit it, but I think he honestly believes I will fold at the first real contraction. I have signed up for a bithing class, but want to see about taking a few online classes, or at least find a few videos for pain management. Does anyone know of any they would recomend? Thanks for any input!View Thread
I have my heart set on having a home birth, I have a very low-risk pregnancy and am very healthy and am not worried about any complications, only the small chance that something can go wrong, I know there is always a chance, but I think it is worth it to at least try to do everything stressfree and natural.... The only problem is that I live an hour and a half away from the nearest hospital and there are no birth centers and few midwives, and they suggest to do a birth in a nice hotel, even though this sounds weird I am getting turned onto the idea, also I want to do a water birth, or at least labor in water, and a nice big jacuzzi tub in a hotel would be nice. Can anyone share any homebirth stories with me? I have done lots of research and really wanna do this! But I wanna be practical! Also how much did it cost for you to do a home birth?? Thanks!!View Thread
I saw a post on here for ( FreeSlings.com ) and just wondered if anyone ever gotten any of their products? I was going to get the nursing cover and it wanted me to pay shipping (like $12 bucks)so I wasn't sure if it was worth getting? Any feedback would be good... the similar cover at "babies r us" is like $44 bucks.View Thread
I am due June 14th, 2012 with my 1st baby (a little girl!!) I always thought I would just "get the drugs" and have it be as quick and painless as possible. I'm a pretty small woman (5' and, before I got pregnant, 100 lbs). I'm curious about doing it natural, because the more I read, the more compelling doing it natural is becoming. I can't get opiate pain killers due to a past problem with opiates, and honestly, I have a pretty high threshold for pain anyway. What I'm getting at here is, anybody who has done it natural (possibly even the same petite frame I have) have any tips/advice on whether or not to go natural? And, if you DO end up needing a c-section (because of my small pelvis, that could be a real possibility, what do they do if you don't already have the catheter in?? ANY experiences other women or doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, etc. have had would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!View Thread
So, this past weekend my sister-in-law announced that she's expecting her first baby! I'm so excited for her. But while we were all sitting around the table with the family my husband asked if she was going to deliver at a birth center (because that's what we have planned when we have a baby). My mother-in-law gave him this dirty look (like "you can't be serious...not my daughter!") and said "NO!" This kind of scared me because I don't know what she'll say when she finds out that's what I want. Of course I'm not going to let anyone change my mind, but I also want her to be comfortable with the situation. Thoughts?View Thread
Hi everyone! I'm so excited to find out that there is a natural birth support group on here, even though I'm not pregnant yet and not TTC, lol. But my DH and I are planning to get pregnant within the next couple of years and I have always wanted a natural birth at a birthing center. But I recently found out that my blood type is B- and therefore I am RH negative. Does anyone else have this? Would it keep me from having my baby at a birth center? Would I be considered "high risk"? Any info you might have would help. Thanks View Thread
Hey everyone! Well I made it through a nautral birth. It went very well. The night before I had some little stinging pains in my abdomen. I was thinking maybe something is starting to happen but didn't want to get my hopes up. Around 3 am I woke up with some cramping pains so I started timing them. It was about every 20 minutes or so. After about two hours of that they came every 10 minutes and were more painful. I woke dad up around then 5am. When I woke him I asked if he was ready to be a daddy today. He was excited! We tried to lay in bed awhile longer but I had to get up to walk around at 7am or so. I noticed that our toilet water was a funny color so I started plunging the toilet thinking that it was clogged. Boy did my boyfriend get mad at me. You are in labor and you are plunging the toilet! Haha! After that I got ready and tried to watch a movie while rocking in a chair. I was having a lot of back pain which later became HORRIBLE back labor. The rocking helped for a time and things were happening faster contractions were coming every four minutes and we were discussing the fact that it was time to call the Doc. when my water broke. I was kneeling over the couch breathing through a contraction when it happened. I told Jake (boyfriend) that my water just broke and he ran and grabbed a towel and tried to put it under my behind. I laughed at him and told him I put on a giant pad earlier so that when my water broke it wouldn't get everyhere. (Seriously I didn't know if that would work but if you get a heavy duty one it will) Anyhow we grabbed the bags and jumped in the car immediatly. I'm so glad that we were moving fast because by the time we got to the hospital contractions were 3 minutes apart and very painful. Like I said I had so bad back labor. I had to get into a wheelchair. It was 11am when we got checked into the hospital. I asked for a nurse that had some practice with natural childbirth. She took one look at my birthplan and said "Is your Dr. OK with this?" ... I was thinking really lady you think I didn't consult him and give hime one of these. I only brought about 20 copies with me. But yes he's on board with it. "just a minute let me hook you up to all these contraptions while I call your Dr." Sitting still makes things hurt so much with back labor so lying there with a belt puting pressure on my belly was not going to fly. I took it off after about five minutes. The nurse insisted that I lay there with it on. But baby was looking fine so I was getting up. I asked her if I could get in the bath. "Ummm let me call your Dr. sometimes they don't want you to get in the water after your water breaks" Lady what the heck do you know anything? I'm thinking... Uggg! Dr. OK's a bath. The bath is working good for a little while. I sit in it for about a half an hour then get out to move around and rock in a chair. Then I get back in and out about two more times. After that at about 3 I tell the nurse that I'm ready to start pushing. "Well let me check you and then we can maybe call your Dr." At that point I had dialated to 9cm. Dr was in the hospital already with someone else and he came in and said she's ready to push so let her. So I tried a few different ways on a stool and with a birthing bar. Finally I just asked to be coached.I had so much pain in my back it was excrutiating. Pressure on the SI helped A LOT Jake pretty much had to have his hands on me the whole time.After I got some coaching from the nurse on pushing she told the Dr not to leave.At one point I was hyperventelating during the pushing and almost passed out.At 5:15 pm our baby boy was born.He was pale because we are so fair skinned the nurse thought he needed oxygen. But he didn't need it he was a healthy baby.They were cleaning him up and I was feeling shocky.I was shivvering cold and feeling kind of strange.The nurses didn't even take one look at me. Jake had to get me blankets and calm me down.Then I had baby in my arms and everything was A OK.View Thread
I am 37 wks w/ #3, I did my first natural, 13 hrs of active labor, 6 of which i spent in the bed at the hospital. My second was an elective induction at 40 wks, with pitocin and although i did break down and ask for an epidural, it was too late and I had my 2nd naturally anyway. I am having a hard time sticking to my resolve. I thought it might be easier after 2 natural births to just do it, but its not. Maybe i am thinking too much about it or maybe its because i know how much pain i'll be in. My labors have been subsequently much faster. I have all the books from the first 2 times i just dont feel that into it this time around. I need like a natural labor pep squad to psych me up or something. Not really sure what my labor plans are at this point. Need some assistance.View Thread
Hi. I'm Karrina, and I'm planning a natural birth. i'm 32 weeks along with my 2nd daughter. I'm a single mom too. I'm hoping that I can get some good advice on natural births from other parents on here. have a nice weekendView Thread
Hello! I am a month away from birth and looking for some support. I am soooo sick of having women ask me if I am going to have an epidural and acting hostile when I tell them that I am planning a natural birth. Seriously what is wrong with these people! Just becuase they coudn't do it doesn't mean that they should be angry that someone else is wanting to try. I am stunned that other women are so unsupportive about it and downright rude. To someone who is eight months pregnant no less. I swear my hormone levels are getting so high I could probably backhand one of these ladies and blame it on the baby. Please if you have any positive stories or any helpful information about what worked for you let me know. I have done my own research but I feel like I need to talk with someone who knows firsthand. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you...View Thread
I have wanted to have a natural birth sense the day I found out I was pregnant. I am so against the drugs. I dont want to be induced either. I feel like the baby will come when he or she is ready. I have hear stories about epidurals and how you are never quite the same after. Also after reading I learned that you have a better chance at establishing successful breast feeding. And that you have a better overall bond instantly when your baby comes out. The benefits just seem to outweigh the pain relief of the epidural. I know that saying you are having a natural birth is easier said than done... But I plan on not giving in and saying no till its too late. I have already told my doctor that I dont want anyone to even ask me if i want pain meds. Does anyone have any advice for me that has been through it before? This is my first baby and I really really want to do this for him or her. Kind of like my first selfless act as a mother.View Thread
I am interested in hypnobirth or hypnobabies. Has anyone done this? What was your experience. Which one is better hypnobirth or the hypnobabies course? Is the hypnobabies course worth the $145? I would have to do a home study because there are no classes in my area. Any other tips you have for someone considering a natural birth using hypnosis?View Thread
I am almost 15 weeks pregnant with my first and have gone to my OBGYN since I found out I was pregnant. Now that I am learning about all the natural methods out there I think I really want to go with a midwife. I really like my OBGYN but I want a more personal experience. Every time I see him I have to remind him what we discussed at the previous appointment and when I asked him about alternative birthing methods he didn't seem very supportive. So anyway I'm pretty sure I want to switch but just not sure when and how. Are there services that an OBGYN offers that a midwife does not? Can a midwife use ultrasound? Also, has anyone made the switch and had insurance - does insurance allow you to switch to a midwife? And should I get all my current records from my OBGYN to give to the midwife? How do I tell my doctor I want to switch without offending? What if complications arise is it rude to make the switch back to my OBGYN or do midwifes usually have a backup one that they use?
Sorry for all the questions... I don't like to offend people but I really think I want to make the switch. Any advise is helpful!View Thread
I just found out today that my ob uses cytotec. I'm currently pregnant with baby #5 and this will be my 3rd baby with my current ob. I like him, I think he's very nice, has good bedside manner, treats me respectfully and I've been satisfied with the 2 births he's already attended for me. But I know another woman in my church who delivered with him and she was telling me about her induction and mentioned that he gave her cytotec. I was really disappointed to hear that MY ob at MY hospital is adminstering a drug for induction that is CONTRAINDICATED for pregnant women, and has caused uterine rupture. I know it really doesn't affect me personally, because I have no intention of being induced (wouldn't even show up if an induction were scheduled) and expect my labor to progress quickly with no intervention like my others have, but this still bothers me. Would anyone consider this a good reason to shop around for a new ob?View Thread
Hey, I'm 5 weeks 3 days prego (about) with baby #1, I want to go all natural, no meds, no nothing. My sisters both did it, and I know I can. I guess I'm just a little afraid. Not afraid enough to make me change my mind, but afraid. I guess I just want some advice from some of you that have done it, is it the best way to go? Should I do anything specific during my pregnancy to assure an easier delivery?View Thread
Hello I am pregnant with my first child and I really want to have a natural birth. I was wondering if Lamaze is enough? Some of my friends swear by it while others say i'll crack and be begging for drugs....I was just wondering if Lamaze classes are enough or if I should look in to other methods?View Thread
Brittany(24), DH(Jaron 25),1 very spoiled siamese cat(rambo 2),EDD June 21,2011. 1st baby. Team yellow!
I need someone's insight. I'm really feeling like a small fish in a very large pond. I know what I want to do with my body and my child but I recently switched insurances and I have been so disappointed in the human aspect of my medical care to this point (or should I say lack there of). I am fully committed to giving birth VBAC but I feel so unprepared. Lost within the medical Do's and Don't and procedures and protocols. The last thing I want is to have all my plans maped out and be bullied into a decision because I don't have all the facts. As it stands I am 7.5 months due to deliver 2/19/2011 and I have not seen the same doctor more than 2 times and have recieved different information from each... An more than once it has been conflicting at that. I would just like to come across someone ANYONE that has delt with a medical giant like Kaiser in the past or even currently that has been successful at acheiving thier personal health care goals no matter what they may be.
Feeling very much so like I have no voice and the doctors are programmed robots trained to respond with only malpractice advise.
Prehaps I'm feeling this way because I was seen at a privat practice with my son and it was truely personal care that I recieved there and this is very much so cold and none personal.
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