Post # 17
I know it’s so rare but being exposed to someone’s experience first hand and hearing about it are very different, you know? It kind of puts you off it in a different way.
While I am very uneducated about anything having to do with childbirth, having never been pregnant or researched a birth plan before, I have a very close family friend who is pregnant with her third child and I hear and listen to a lot of her research and experiences to learn a little. I know that she has never had an epidural and is more concerned for reasons along the lines of what Audreysdanc
e is saying.
Post # 18
Yay awsome thread. Im not pregnant and probably wont TTC until after Im done school but am all about natural birth and cant wait to have a little one of my own. Thank you for this thread I am sick and tired of hearring about planned C-sections and all that stuff. We will actually be moving before we TTC so that I can have a midwife and home birth if possible since these things are not available nowhere near me (thank you Nova Scotia government for making my life difficult).
Post # 19
Bump for you.. and for myself. I ALWAYS thought I’d be the first to line up for an epidural but now that I’m TTC I feel selfish to want that without even trying the natural route. Seeing my SIL deliver BOTH her children with no medication at all makes me believe more and more this is how the human body is suppose to funtion, animals do it all the time and we are just that ourselves so why no listen to our bodies and do it the way we were designed to? (unless of course medical intervention is to prevent injury or death, of course).
I just want to be able to read all the inspiring things I’m sure people will have to share.
Post # 20
Number of weeks: 16 wks today
EDD: January 22, 2013
Brief Summary of Basic Birthplan: Hospital Water Birth using hypnobirthing techniques What Keeps you Strong: reading inspiring stories, research, books, seeing it as a challenge cuz many ppl ive talked to almost laugh in my face thinking im crazy for not wanting meds, knowing my midwife and the hospital i’ll be delivering at is geared towards as natural childbirth…
What Makes you feel tempted: thinking my mind will cave in to the pressure and register everything as painful, no matter how much i practice hypnobirthing techniques or read inspiring stories….
Why did you choose to try natural childbirth? I never really thought bout the other birthing options (besides getting the Epi) before i was pregnant. I assumed that if n when i got pregnant, i would do it like everyone else in my family did (medicated and with invertentions). I almost always heard about how painful it is, etc. It wasnt until I became pregnant that things turned for me. A friend asked if i was considering natural childbirth n i told her i honestly hadn’t thought of that as an option….she proceeded to school me about it, in a very good way lol n i ended up intrigued to be honest. Then i started reading up on it, and on water births, etc….the more i read the more i wanted this to be the option for me. Im also terrified of getting a c-section, more than the actual act of vaginal birth, so it adds to my ‘fuel’ to try n have as natural a birth as I can.
Post # 21
I am notpregnant but I have had 3 girls and all 3 were natural births. I’d say I was brave being 18 last yr in high school and did it with no meds and Ifelt much stronger of a woman. What made me do it? Watching lots of tv of ladies side effects to the epidural and my mom being oldschool. Thanks mom
Post # 22
I have had three kids and childbith isnt that bad. I had 9 hour plus labours with the first two and my doc demanded I got an epdiural. I said NO WAY and laoured through. Finally, ihad gone into back labour and my son turned. It was then that I needed to get one to relax the muscles as I was too tense and his skull was damaged in the birth canal. The other ones I took nothing…and all three laboured through with no drugs (until the 11th hour and the whole epidural thing).
It is not a walk in the park but the important thing is to find your happy place. I mean, dim the lights, put on soft music, have a fan, lots of ice and cool washcloths, someone who gives a great back ru or effleurage and meditate. Visualize calmness surrounding you, water enveloping you, guiding your baby down the birth canal with your muscles and will…seeing your baby and holding him or her…breathing..lots of breathing. Dont move too much, dont have people talking around you, disturbing you. Its kinda like doing yoga..if you can learn to relax your mind and body and control how you react to external pain and embrace it, welcome it as a natural process, it helps with the pain. A LOT !!! 🙂
Post # 23
thank you for popping on here and sharing your experiences. It definitlely seems like this group will be a great way for us to try and stay strong and get some coping tips.
Post # 24
I recently posted my birth story. I was trying for pain med-free, went without pain meds all the way through until my labor stalled and I was given Pitocin at the last minute because they didn’t want to leave her in there much longer. Pitocin speeds up labor but contractions come at an extremely accelerated pace and it was awful. I had an epidural but there was no time for it to take because my daughter descended so quickly. The midwife shut it off and I pushed without pain relief. It was INTENSE!!! I wish I hadn’t gotten one now because well, it was just a needle in my back for nothing haha.
I don’t regret feeling it all now that I look back on it though.
Oh, and I was upset about needing Pitocin because I knew it was going to throw off my original plans, but my husband was AMAZING. His support was everything to me. We read “The Birth Partner” together, which I highly recommend if you’re looking for a low intervention birth experience.
Post # 25
I have 3 children and they were all natural births…
I drank red rassberry leaf tea (herbal remedy) helps with productive contrations
walk run swim …stay active…
bring a tennis ball for back labor
and the yoga ball helps to ( when you bouce on it)
if the pain gets to bad there is nothing wrong with getting something to take the edge off ….. its ok your not a bad parent !!!
when it hurts…PUSH… through it.. just get it in your mind that the soon you get the baby out the pain and pressure is gone..i promise
i know that last one sounds crazy but some people shut down when their in pain you have to condition your self mind and body
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
Post # 26
I wanted a full on natural home birth, but it didn’t work out for me that way. I was induced due to pre-eclampsia, but ended up having no pain meds. (they forced me to have an epidural to lower blood pressure and it didn’t work. I was really excited about this when they pulled it lol.) I was induced on Tuesday and my son was born on Friday. I was on pitocin almost the entire time, so for those who say the contractions with pitocin are unbareable, that is not always the case. I was on the max dose of pitocin as well for 70 hours. Only having it shut off in order to eat.
You asked about tips. I think what worked for me best was silence. I didn’t yell or raise my voice. I stayed focused in my mind and not on the pain. My brain labored first and my body followed. I kept myself calm by not screaming or letting the process get away from me.
Post # 27
Yup, that was the most helpful thing the midwife told me “You have to PUSH through the pain as hard as you can!”
And just keep in mind that every push is getting you closer to finally meeting your baby!
Post # 28
Why do you care what other women do with regards to epidurals? Are you giving birth to their babies? Dealing with the consequences of their choices?
I think natural birth is amazing, but I also beleive that every woman should have the different options, and have a right to choose them judgement-free.
Post # 29
@Audreysdance: Great post! I cannot take part as I am not pregnant (currently TTC) but just wanted to come in and wish you ladies luck!
I was born with no pain meds and my mother self hypnotized for pain relief which worked very well.
I was also present at my brothers birth which was also med free, it was an incredible thing to watch!
All the best ladies!
Post # 30
Every woman does have different options, she’s not telling anyone what to do (or not do) this thread was made to SUPPORT the bees who are picking the option of natural birth.
Post # 31
me and Fiance are going to TTC straight after our wedding, we already have one daughter (20months old). i went two weeks overdue with her and had to be given something to start off my labour. i then went on to have a natural delivery with no pain medication. my friends thought i was mental but from getting to 10cm it took only 17minutes to get her out. this would have taken hours with a epidural. i wasnt fuzzy headed from any drugs and niether was baby.
i recommened skin to skin and nursing straight away purely because its the best feeling in the world.
everyone reacts differently in giving birth i think you just have to do whats safest for baby. In the end the birth is only the begining.