Post # 17
Natural birth if at all possible. I’m currently taking classes in the Bradley method, which has a very high success rate of little/no interventions. I’m hoping we can be successful with it, but I’m still choosing a hospital birth over a home birth in case emergencies arise.
Post # 18
Ideally, an all natural vaginal birth (no induction, no pain meds, etc) in a hospital or a birthing center attached to a hospital. I want all of the medical ammenities at hand because I recognize that sometimes things go wrong or there are complications and my ideal might no longer be safe.
I definitely want to be able to be up and moving if I so desire in the moment, whether it is to walk to halls, stand (or sit) in a shower/tub, etc. I don’t want to be forced to be laying down in a bed.
Post # 19
I thought I wanted a med-free bith until I actually gave birth, lol; I ended up with an epidural (but no IV meds) for my first and second births, and they were pretty much perfect, so I’ll do that again!
Post # 20
I want a natural birth, but I am not opposed to pain medication including the epidural. I plan on listening to my body and making decisions from there. Also, if I need an emergency C-section to guarantee a healthy mommy & baby so be it!
Post # 21
I told my Fiance I wanted all the drugs, but then he warned me that labor would take longer, so now I’m just thinking that whatever happens, happens.
Post # 22
I typically get crucifed about the choices that I made for my son but honestly, I had such an incredible birthing experience. I had a scheduled induction with IV meds until my epidural was placed. Everything went smoothly. My OB encourages her patients to labor down which was a great experience. The force that helped my son crown was actually laughter instead of pushing.
I know every experience is different but if I could have every delivery that way, I’d probably have a dozen more kids!
ETA: And even with all the drugs, it only took 10 hours from the time I sat down on the hospital bed until the time I held my baby.
Post # 23
You mean having the baby magically appear one day isn’t an option? I’m all about the drugs. I once went into shock when I lost a toenail (no, seriously), so my pain tolerence is next to nothing.
Post # 24
Ideally? HE would have gone through labour and delivery.
Actual? Epidural for first, epidural for second but my daughter was born before it took effect. It just meant I couldn’t go to the loo on my own after which was a real drag, pardon the pun.
Post # 25
I had my labor and delivery with an epidural. I labored a bit at home when I didn’t know I was in active labor. By the time we got to the hospital, I was in enough pain to request and whine for drugs. Whining for them in triage was the best thing ever. I got my hep lock in early, so they could do the blood tests with the epidural, and be ready for it when I was admitted. Mine weakened halfway through my 14 hour labor and had to be re-upped. When they strengthened it, it was almost too strong to feel contractions to push. I still managed to have a vaginal delivery with an epidural. I didn’t need any other interventions like forceps or epistomy. All in all, it was the labor and delivery I wanted.
Post # 26
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I plan on preparing for a natural birth so I am not scared in the delivery room but at some point I will be requesting an epidural. I was in the room when my mom had my little sister and she was like a dying animal she was in so much pain from the contractions. Once she got the epidural she was regular old mom who only felt a bit of pressure from time to time; she didn’t even have to push when my sister came out, she just kind of fell out and the doctor caught her. I hope my labor is as easy and pain free!
Post # 27
I couldn’t really vote, as there were options I saw as conflicting. Natural is my first choice, but the vast majority of sane people would not oppose a c-section if the life of the baby was in danger. Having that seperated out makes it sound like people voting for natural birth would be against a c-section at all costs.
I had my baby all natural, and luckily everything went smoothly and I had a pretty easy labor and delivery. But if things would have taken a turn for the worst, me and the baby both living and being healthy was priority #1 and I would have had a c-section if medically necessary.
Post # 28
I think about this WAY too much for not being pregnant. Haha. I want to labor in warm water (I think) and deliver without any meds in a bed. Hahaha. I’ve always been interested in a true water birth, but I read an antiwaterbirth article (stupid I know) and I’m just too scared!!
ETA: I would be okay with meds/c section if medically necessary =)
Post # 29
I have had a c-section cut already too, for one part of a two part back surgery – on the same day. Dr’s I have talked to say, “Having back surgery, is at least 2x harder than the natural delivery of a child” … all I know is that I need to have a scheduled C-section, I have had 3 back surgeries, not risking any damage to my back and in addition I don’t want anything to mess up downstairs. I love my downstairs and she is pretty.
Post # 30
I vote “the zipper method” hahahah.
Joking aside, I’d prefer a natural (unmedicated) labour and birth and would avoid unnecessary interventions but if interventions became necessary I wouldn’t hesitate.
Post # 31
I am dead set on natural. Unless there is a medical reason, (serious medical reason) I am preparing now for the whole experience.