So over the past few days I have been thinking more and more about natural childbirth. Will you please share your stories? Were you happy with the decision? Were you not? What was the worst part, contractions or the pushing?
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I had a very fast labor, which helped make my natural birth possible. By the time I even began considering possible pain relief, I was already in transition and almost ready to push! My labor lasted a total of six hours from the time my water broke to delivery. I only felt contractions for five of those hours, starting out mild and progressing fairly quickly to being regular and quite uncomfortable.
The pushing was rough at first because I felt like I didn’t really know what I was doing. But with coaching from the doctor and nurse, I got the hang of it quickly and my daughter was born after just 15 minutes of pushing. I think being able to feel what was going on helped me to be more effective with my pushing. The “ring of fire” as she was crowning was not that bad – but she was a small baby so that probably helped. I think the contractions I was feeling for the last half hour or so before I began pushing were the worst part of it all (transition is a bitch!)
Overall, I’m thrilled with how my labor and delivery went down and I will absolutely attempt a natural birth again with any future children.
If you haven’t already checked it out, I recommend reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. It really helped me get psyched about the incredible things our bodies are capable of!
I’m 53 years old. I birthed 4 children. Back in my day the word” Epidural “wasn’t even mentioned, nor was “ultrasound ” to find out what gender of baby you were going to have.
I went to Dr. Appointments every month, got weighed and was told see you next month.
i was not a high risk pregnant woman. I was a strong, healthy, young woman. I had my kids at ages 20, 22, 24 and 25. All of my labors lasted over 8 hours but under 12 hours. I used the Lamaz method of breathing techniques. I labored in a room with a gurney, and was moved to an operating room when it was time to push.
They gave me a pain med in my IV that helped me relax, but did not take the pain away.
Having a baby hurts. It hurts a lot. But it can be done. I did it 4 times. The pain goes away the moment your baby is born and you are aware that all is well. You swear you’ll never do it again, but then you do. LOL.
i think you have to have it in your mindset that this is what you want to do. My youngest daughter delivered her 2 children naturally. I coached her and she did amazing. .
whatever you decide, blessings, for a wonderful life.
My Mom LOVES sharing her (4!) natural childbirth stories.
1990–I was the worst one–she pushed wrong and wound up pushing for nearly 3 hours. Eventually, I was vacuumed out, and she wound up with 4th degree tearing (Sorry, Mom!) She says she didn’t even feel the tearing/stitching, though, because she was so excited to hold her new baby!
1992–My sister had a MUCH better birth story–20 minutes of pushing, minimal tearing.
2002–My next sister had a very similar story.
2004– My sister was actually in the room taping this birth! She was 12. They brought a bunch of interns in to watch my Mom labor (she’s a labor pro), and my Mom started pushing (she was 10cm) They told her to stop until the doctor got into the room, and she laughed and replied “How are you going to stop me?”. The doctor walked in, put on ONE glove, and caught my brother with it! She pushed for less than 5 minutes.
Mine wasn’t 100% natural but pretty close. Going into labor, I had no plan, I wanted to take it as it was with an open mind. my water broke at 8am, contractions started fast and furious about an hour later. My husband came home from work at 10 and we got to the hospital at 11. Things progressed very quickly and I was 10cm an hour and a half after arriving at the hospital. They gave me a “small dose” of fentanyl probably around 1200. It didn’t do anything. Nothing. My contractions were really bad for about an hour and that’s it. However, the pressure was the worst. Her head was “extremely” low when we arrived at the hospital and that was probably the worst part. Pushing surprisingly didnt hurt, it’s kinda strange. For me, the thing that got me through it was reminding myself I had to stay in control off the pain. I don’t know how to really explain it, but I looked at the pain as something I could control as long as I stayed in front of it. As soon as I let the pain take control of my emotions, it got harder to manage. I would remind myself to ” get back In control” and thy would get me to re focus on my breathing etc. so like I said, not 100% natural but pretty close 🙂 good luck, you can do it!
@SaraP2012: I see this thread is old-ish but I just saw it.
Look for Abbyful’s birth story, and feel free to go back and find mine as well. I used her story as inspiration and encouragement, and was able to have an intervention-free birth as well 🙂
I like BirthWithoutFear as well as reading Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. I read my friend’s Bradley method book and many of the suggestions were in line with what I read in Ina May’s book.
I would absolutely do it again. The labor pains were certainly intense, but not like “Oh shit I broke my pelvis” painful… more like, “Oh shit I might poop out the baby” painful. Pushing was almost a relief compared to just laboring through contractions.
I’ll see if I can go back through my profile for the birth story link so you don’t have to go digging…
I have done it now 4 times and refuse to go through that again. LOL. All without drugs…. except for my 4th. I did get pitocin with him and went from 2 to 10 cm in 3 hours… PAINFUL. All were vaginal births too. The worst part for me with my 1st was the pushing… I pushed for THREE hours.
With my dd, I labored at home and then had her in the ER as soon as I got to the hospital… 3 or so pushes and she as out so the labor was the hardest part.
With my son, same deal with the labor being the ardest as I barely had to push and he was out.’
And with my 4th who is now 15 days old, labor was the lardest but it was quick thank GOD. I pushed and it was not as bad as I had feared. he came quick too. But labor was a bitch…
Oh and wanted to add, my hubby thinks I am super woman when it comes to labor and delivery because I stay so in control… I find ways to deal with the pain. With my 1st, I was on the beach and dh had to squeeze my hand hard so I could focus on the pain on my hand, not the pain of labor.
With my dd, I was home so I walked and rocked and sat and walked again. With my son, I used the breathing techniques. And then the 4th time around I used a buddhist chant and it really helped. I also got to dancing (not dancing but rythmic movement with my hand on my head). Whatever helpes deal with pain and keep you in control. I don;t scream or cry although at one point I had tears this time but I kept it cool.