I agree with the other ladies- do what feels right for you and keep trying til you find it. For me it was the jacuzzi, I stayed in there til my dialation stalled and we decided to break my waters. At that point, oddly enough, the most comforting thing for me was having someone count down my contractions. Contractions only last 45sec's to a min so once they hit 30 sec's I knew I was on the downhill of each one. I only felt the urge to give into meds when it was time to push, which means I'd made it! I remember during one of my contractions thinking about all the women of time and the world who had done this as nature had intended and I felt very empowered by that. As for your skeptic's, they're sadly the ones who have missed out on life's greatest experience! Good luck!View Thread
I was lucky to have the advice of my 2 sisters who have a combined 7 natural births between them. They had both done extensive research and helped me create a birth plan. I shared it with everyone who I knew would be present so they could support me and communicate to the staff if I was unable to. Luckily, most of what I had on my birth plan was standard procedure at my hospital and not once were my wishes questioned. The nurse staff were all so excited when they heard I was going natural and many of them stopped by and gave me words of encouragement to help me through. I wish more hospitals were like mine and I can't wait to give birth there again in March '11!View Thread
I gave birth last year at almost this exact time. I grew up with home birthing and midwives, I was present for the birth of both my brother and sister's home births. My mother was a Bradley instructor so I was very comfortable with the idea of natural birth. My OB, I think was worried my lack of concern was naivety, but she supported me 100%. I chose a hospital birth because the place where I delivered is known for advocating for parents having it their way! and I knew it would be more comfortable for my man! Because of past issues of sciatica that led to surgery I told myself that if it acted up during birth that I would give myself the grace to have meds if the pain was too much. Luckily that was never an issue. I went into labor around 11am on my due date, labored at home til my scheduled appt at 4pm since it was my due date. I went to triage around 5pm, was admitted, I hung out in the jacuzzi til I hit a wall at 7cm. By 9pm the doctor and I decided to break my waters and the contractions really came on strong and I was ready to push an hour later. The only time I thought I wasn't going to make it was about 10 minutes before I had to push! I pushed 4 times in 10 minutes, didn't tear and as soon as they took my son away (after his cord had pulsed out on my chest) I immediately sat up and said "I could do that again!" I know I was lucky but I also think woman don't give themselves enough credit. I'm sure it would have taken alot more pushing if I'd had the med's, plus I was able to get up and walk to the bathroom immediately after. I'm currently 5 weeks and am looking forward to this next birth and I think that's something you usually only hear from women who've gone the natural route!View Thread
I'd say talk to your doctor about what kind of birth you want and discuss the hospitals regulations. No hospital can force you to use ANY kind of drug so be confident and stand your ground. The more research you do and reasons for what you want the more likely your doctor and medical staff are to respect your decisions. I'm fortunate to live in a state that tends to be more liberal and there for more open-minded about parents having a say in how they want to give birth. If you haven't picked an OB yet ask lots of questions in your first appt or research them on-line and if you don't feel they're in line with your needs and wants then find another one! Good luck, and you can do it! I did and am about to do it again without ANY hesitations! I hear people say all the time " why would a woman go through that pain if she doesn't need to?" and let me tell you there are plenty of reasons and they're all worth it!View Thread
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