10-19-2013 12:09 PM
I've done both a medicated birth and a non medicated birth. For my first I wanted a natural delivery but wasn't prepared for it. For my second I went the hypnobabies route. It was amazing, pain free and beautiful. My baby was 8'14oz and born quickly with no stress at all!
10-19-2013 12:20 PM
I've delivered four babies--one emergency C-section, one natural, and two epidural. The very most important thing is that you and your baby(ies) end up healthy and safe. However that happens is absolutely fine. Ignore--vigorously ignore--ANYONE who tells you what you "should" do. You do what you need to do--there is no shame in any choice. No one is giving out any medals for suffering during labor--so, you choose and if you change your mind midway, fine. Anyone who is not at that moment pushing a human out of their body gets a say. Do whatever you need to. And, just for reference, I absolutely hated my natural delivery--I felt abandoned and alone and in terrible pain while everyone else decided it was the right thing to do. I would never have done it again--even though I had the classes and a midwife and a supportive partner and a birth plan. So, don't let all the mommies getting rhapsodic about the wonder of natural delivery keep you from making a choice which serves your best interests. Especially the ones doing the "your body was designed to do this" nonsense.
10-19-2013 12:25 PM
Naturaly delivery is hard but I would not have it any other way. I have had eight healthy, safe, natural home births and I have never regretted it. They are truly beautiful! First and foremost I would say it's a mental thing above all. If you are determined to do it you will. It helps to have a good coach or dula along with your partner. Not everyone is a candidate for a home birth so to go that route you would need to have a pretty low risk pregnacy. It is totally safe to give birth without meds. I know they say that the meds don't hurt the baby, but I'm not buying it. The meds in no way help the baby. I am of a firm belief that it is mind over matter. Take some sort of childbirth class to help you learn how to cope. One of the best things I learned from my childbirth class is this. You and your partner hold a piece of ice in your hand and don't let go until you seriously can't hold it anymore. While holding it, focus on relaxing and breathing through the pain of the ice cube in your hand. You'd be surprised how long you can really hold it. It's a great excercise to practice throughout pregnacy to help prepare your technique. I say more power to you and remember mind over matter! Handling natural labor is all in your mind and in your relaxation technique.
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10-19-2013 01:16 PM
I was so nervous about going all natural. I didn't think that I would be able to handle the pain, but was gonna give it a try. Something about a giant needle going into my back just didn't seem appealing to me. Lol. I am so glad that I did a natural birth. I was able to feel whether my pushing was effective and was able to move around after delivery. I definitely plan on doing a natural birth again with our second child.