Post # 1
I would love to hear from some other natural birth mamas! It doesn’t matter if you’ve already had one or are planning for one. If you’ve had one, what methods/techniques did you use? What books/reading materials/websites/etc would you recommend? What did and didn’t go as you expected? We are going to a modified Bradley class and I’m really excited 🙂 If you have a link to a birth story or would like to post a birth story, I’d love to hear it!
Post # 3
@ellebeerob: I’m hoping & praying that I have a full natural birth! Following so I can see others stories.
Post # 4
Just for the record, I want one!! But I won’t be KU for several more years =)
Post # 5
@ChuckNorris: Feel free to hang out though 🙂 I loved reading about them before I was even KU!
Post # 6
I hope to have one someday! Not TTC-ing until June/July but I’ve always known that I wanted to try to have as natural a birth as possible without unnecessary interventions. I probably get that from my mom. She went all natural with four children. She used to watch A Baby Story all the time and yell at the screen at the women who got epidurals and I guess that rubbed off on me (not that I judge anyone who wants to get one!)
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I tried to have a natural birth. I took a breathing class and I teach yoga so I have a good basis in breathing and relaxation. I couldn’t make it through. Transition was unbearable. Best of luck to those who go natural!
Post # 8
I would like to have one. Epidurals scare me a bit. But I’m not planning on one I think I’ll just see how my labour goes and decide
Post # 9
I had a natural birth, and plan to do it again if we have another baby! I took Bradley classes, they were immensely helpful and contributed to my successful natural birth.
I see some people say “I’ll see how it goes”. That wasn’t really an option for me, I made myself resolve to have a natural birth. For me personally, if I would leave it up in the air like that, I would cave more easily. (I did the same thing with breastfeeding, I wasn’t “we’ll try it and see what happens”, I was “this is how baby gets fed, period!”. I struggled a lot at the beginning with breastfeeding and getting baby to latch properly, for me personally, if I would have had it in my mind to be wishy-washy about it, I would have easily said “just give him some formula, this is too hard!”, so I had to push the thought that formula even existed out of my mind.)
Transition is a b!tch, but also the shortest part of labor. That’s when most women will ask for drugs; I liked that my Bradley classes prepared me for that, and my husband kept reminding me during the transition phase “this is almost over! you make it through this and the rest will be easier!”.
You can do it!
Funny thing, before I got pregnant I was always of the mindset “I’ll take my drugs and everyone else’s drugs too! I don’t want to feel anything! Heck, just knock me completely out!” Then when I got pregnant, I got interested in natural childbirth. Complete 180!
You can read my birth story here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/welcome-baby-ronan
Post # 10
@abbyful: I was hoping you would post! Thank you! 🙂
Post # 11
With my first child i was induced due to diabetes and high blood pressure, but did not have an epidoral for pain, yes it was very painful and long but worth at the last minute. For my second I had an emergency c section, not what I wanted but the baby and my life was at risk. I am pregnant right now, 1.5 weeks to go. Want to go all natural, doctor saw c section record for last time and I am a candidate for a vaginal birth. Hoping this time everything goes well, trying to stay healthy until the last minute, cant wait to see my little girl.
Post # 12
@ellebeerob: I am planning for one, but accept anything can happen. I am using hypnosis and am plannning on giving birth at home with a birthing pool 🙂 My mother used hypnosis to give birth to me, so I am trying to continue the tradition, if you will!
My doula also uses aromatherapy and massage (which I plan on using), but most of my preparation is around hypnosis.
So pleased to see another June Mama planning for a natural birth.
Of course I will add the disclaimer that this is our first baby, so my plans my all go up in flames! However, other hypnosis mothers I have spoken to have said that even if they ended up with an emergency section or the likes hypnosis helped them stay calm(er).
Good Luck everyone!
Post # 13
I am! I am currently “training” for one with the Bradley Method series of classes. I do exercises everyday alone and with Darling Husband and we attend the class once a week for three months. It has already helped me in terms of what to expect. We do readings and worksheets every night. I like feeling like I am doing everything I can to prepare for it.
Post # 14
not me! I’m terrified of the epidural but even more terrified of the pain of a natural birth!
Post # 15
@abbyful: Sounds like your husband was a great support. I will talk to my husband about transition and try to help him understand it. Last time we went to the hospital he passed out. Might have to look into another cheer leader!!
Thank you for sharing your story.
Post # 16
Can someone explain what the “Transition” is? I’m not familiar with most of these TTC terms and am constantly taking mental notes!