(Closed) Does anyone give birth naturally anymore?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 182
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Christy42213:  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth changed my life too!  Wish I’d read it before my first two births.  I recommend it to any woman, whatever your personal beliefs are.  I felt so empowered and uplifted after reading it.

 

Post # 183
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Busy bee

I am not TTC either, but am very interested in having a med-free/ low-med birth. I don’t ever take pain medications for my SEVERE menstrual cramps or headaches because I have discovered natural methods with can get me through (rice heating pack, meditation, etc). 

If I want some OTC pain meds during labor like advil or something, I would be fine to take that. But i don’t want pitocin or an epidural! It increases your risks for stalling labor and needing a C section, plus i believe birth is an experience that the mother should EXPERIENCE- not mask with chemicals and drugs. 

I have already researched the nearest hospitals which have the highest natural birth successes and greatly encourage low-med deliveries. I would love to give birth at a birthing center nearby, however I don’t know if that would work out regarding insurance coverage and availability. 

Post # 184
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DaneLady:  Love this plan.  I haven’t done much research yet but hope to do something along these lines.

Post # 185
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsGatito:  I dont have a child yet but all I know from my friends who have… is that you can plan ALL you want to do things naturally but sometimes things just dont pan out. I dont know if its the fact that women are choosing to have kids a lot “later” in life then previous generations and its causing birth complcations but for one friend….she planned on 100% natural. She lives in spain and had a midwife but she was going to have the baby at the hospital.

She refused all meds, and her labour started, went on and on….she heard about 6 other mothers come in and give birth and she was still there…. she wasnt dilating fast enough and she was about 15 hours in labour and she was so exhausted that the midwife said….”we should consider and epi because if you keep going through this pain your not going to have the energy to push when the time comes….”

She did the epi…..still slowly dilating….the doctor said that because when her water broke they could tell the baby pooped…meaning there was danger of toxins getting into the baby and they needed to get the baby out like….NOW if it wasnt going to happen soon…so they were prepping for a c-sec but before it happened it was time to push….

She gave birth the reg way but it was insane…he basically wasnt coming out so the doctor was PUSHING and baring down on her stomach almost like popping a zit trying to get him out and she ended up having to be manually cut (vaginally)……!!!! if something like that happens and the baby is either in distress or poops they need out NOW…I want drugs……..and I personally have high regard for people who want all natural but I will be getting all the help I can and meds…lol

 

 

Post # 186
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsGatito:  I gave birth 100% natural- no pain killer/epidural/c-section.

 

Post # 187
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t see how birth with epidural is not considered “natural” IMO if it comes out of your vagina, that’s about as natural as it gets. Drugs are optional and a personal choice. And i have never heard of anyone I know getting an elective c-section. I dolt think just anyone can ask for a c-section, it would be hard to find a doctor to do it just because. Most c sections are done for medical reasons, they may be more common these days because of perhaps an over abundance of caution but I wouldn’t call women who agree to them, ignorant, uneducated. If I’ve been laboring for 18 hours and a doctor tells me he has to perform a c section because my baby is at risk, I’m probably going to consider my options pretty seriously but my baby’s safety would be #1. 

I am a nurse and part of my education on ethics involved a true case of a woman who refused an advised c-section, at severak points in her labor and even in the end when told her baby had flatlined. She refused stating if the child couldn’t be born vaginally, then let it die. What did this woman have to prove so badly? In the end no one could get her to agree to the surgery. The baby died, after many hours it became clear that not even her dead baby could be delivered vaginally, and she eventually agreed to the operation I order to save herself from the danger of infection. 

My point is there are some things during labor and birth that we do more for ourselves than actually for the safety and health of our babies. 

I’m having twins. I hope to have them vaginally, with an epidural. You can chose more or less how numb you want to be by the way. And you can get into squatting, sitting and all fours positions with an epi. 

 

 

 

 

Post # 188
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@fresitachulita:  This is why I prefer to use “unmedicated” instead of “natural.”  Natural is a loaded term, because if it’s not natural then it must be unnatural and that connotes to being less-than.  And I don’t think anybody’s birth experience is less-than as long as the end result is a healthy mother and a healthy baby.

Post # 189
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@sailor:  Thanks, I like that, medicated sounds much better! Also, I find many women who are very judgmental about medicated births, have never given birth, never experienced labor pains. I myself am one of them, and I wouldn’t dream to know what it’s like! Obvously women have been doing it forever, and the pain can be tolerated, but there are alot of things we enjoy as part of living in the time we do, that could not have enjoyed and one of them is choices in healthcare. 

Post # 190
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have 3 kids, one was induced, no meds vaginal, second  pregnancy emergency c section(medical problems) and the last one no meds vaginal. 

My husband has 19 siblings, they are 20 in total. His mother have most of them at home(no meds) vaginal.

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