Natural pregnancy/birth

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

 You need to find a provider whose practice is in line with what you’re looking for. It should definitely be brought up at your first visit so you know whether or not you’re wasting your time with that particular doctor. Midwives tend to be more “natural childbirth friendly.” 

I was a labor and delivery nurse. Many doctors I worked with were impatient and natural childbirth can often be a lengthy process. It was rare that the doctors I worked with actually stayed at the bedside with the patient; midwives tend to spend more one-on-one time with laboring patients. Midwives usually practice under the guidance of a doctor, so if anything goes wrong, they doctor is there to do things the midwife is not able to do. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’m a nurse….in my opinion the modern medical society is too into unecessary inteventions and such… if you want as natural birth as possible I strongly suggest you find a midwife. They offer more personalized care, she will isten to your wishes and work on a birth plan with you. She will be your primary caregiver during your pregnancy, L&D and a few weeks post-partum. If your pregnancy is low risk and your L&D is expected to be low risk. If the midwife determines that you are not low risk ahe will yransfer care to an OB (well this is how it’s donenin Ontario Canada, I’m assuming it’s the same where ever you are). Midwives work at a midwife clinic mostly and you will have your main midwife and a back up in case the main one os at another delivery when you go into labour. Midwives have priviledges at certain hospitals, if you choose a hospital birth youcwill most likely deliver where they have priviledges. If you chose a home birth (if you are low risk enough) your midwife will come to your house. If you are looking to have naturel childbirth without epidural or narcotics I suggest you look into hypnobirthing classes to teach ypu how to manage pain and trust your body and maybe a doula to assist you as your personal coach, advocate and cheerleder! The midwifenus focused on your phisucal state, dolas are focused on your emotional state and help the midwife. If you are low risk but would prefer a hospital birth that is drug free but change your mind you will have an option to get pain relief. If you are at home I’m afraid not.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not a nurse but I did have a wonderful, non medicated (and quick) natural delivery for my son last year. I had all of my prenatal care by one of 4 midwives in the practice. When it came time to deliver I did so in hospital with one of the wives using a tub for pain management. My active labor was less than 4 hours. I believe choosing natural birth actually made my labor go faster rather than slower. I had the mentality from the beginning of trusting in my body and I was confident going into labor that I could bring my baby into our arms. And I did. I was glad in the moment of his emergence to be fully aware and immersed. I can’t say enough good things about a midwife assisted hospital birth. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

I’m not a nurse but I did have a wonderful, non medicated (and quick) natural delivery for my son last year. I had all of my prenatal care by one of 4 midwives in the practice. When it came time to deliver I did so in hospital with one of the wives using a tub for pain management. My active labor was less than 4 hours. I believe choosing natural birth actually made my labor go faster rather than slower. I had the mentality from the beginning of trusting in my body and I was confident going into labor that I could bring my baby into our arms. And I did. I was glad in the moment of his emergence to be fully aware and immersed. I can’t say enough good things about a midwife assisted hospital birth. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

kb7:  You can have a natural birth in a hospital- several of my friends have. Personally, I chose a birth center with midwives. I think you need to first decide if you want a hospital birth with an OB, a hospital birth with midwives, or a birth center birth with midwives. You can search google for birth centers and midwives in your area and call to schedule a first appointment (we had a “see if the birth center is right for you” appointment when I was 8 weeks and then an actual “you’re pregnant” appointment at 11 weeks. Congrats and good luck!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

kb7:  oh my bad… I forgot to say CONGRATS!!! 🙂 

And also that we are going to TTC in summer 2017 and I too am planning a unmedicated childbirth with a midwife (and hopefully a doula if I can afford it, as they are not covered my our healthcare plan but midwives are). I am choosing to do it at a hospital cause it will be my first (at 32-33 y.o) and I want all the help (in case something goes wrong) steps away (and Fiance is.way too paranoid to let me do it at home, lol) but I’m chosimg to have a midwife because she will be by my side the whole time and OB’s are not and if labour is slow they want to speed things up with meds cause they litterally just want to get it over with… and cause I want it as natural as possible I don’t want any OB intervention unles it’s nevessary for my safelty and/or the safety of my baby.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Congratulations!!

Don’t feel that just because you want a natural birth means you have to go birth centre or midwife. You can still go with a doc/OB if you want one. It seems to be that you predominantly HEAR the ‘bad’ OB stories, and the ‘good’ midwife birth centre stories. It isn’t a true reflection. There are plenty of great OB and horror midwife stories. The whole “OB will just want to speed it up and make you take drugs” is crap. I know more people who have had natural births in a hospital than a csection. SOME have had drugs, some haven’t.Yes, the OB wont be with you for your entire labour (but really, WHY would you want that, thats what your partner/friend/whoever you choose your support person to be, is for) but you still do have midwives there, just not necessarily the same one the whole time. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m 6 weeks pregnant and plan on a natural delivery with an OB at a local hospital. I have heard incredible things about my OB and he is all for natural childbirth and as few interventions as possible. I am 100% confident he will support and respect my wishes. You can find OB’s that are on the same page as you! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

I am not a nurse (yet!) I’m actually a doula and I’m in nursing school on the road to becoming a midwife. I birthed both of my sons naturally and without meds. I have friends that have had natural births at home, in birth centers, with OBs and with midwives. You just need to do a little research to find a dr or midwife whose philosophy lines up with what you want. If you do go with an OB, make sure you mention your wishes at your first appointment and you can get a feel for what he or she thinks and if you will get the support you need from that provider. I did want to mention that if you do go with an OB or a midwife in a hospital, I highly recommend not only taking childbirth classes, but also considering a doula. Especially with an OB since they tend to come in toward the end to catch the baby. The doula will offer you support during your labor that you may not get from your provider. 

 

Congrats on your pregnancy!!!! 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can absolutely have an unmedicated birth at a hospital with an OB. But statistically, it’s likelier to happen at a birth center and/or with a midwife. The most important thing is to find a caregiving team that is A) highly competent and B) supportive of your values and priorities. I found that talking to friends who have had babies in the last few years, and then researching the respective practices, was the best way to find out rates of epidurals, c-sections, etc.

Definitely take classes and practice the natural pain management techniques diligently beforehand.

Finally, if you can afford it, hire a doula. There is fairly good evidence that having a doula reduces the rate of epidurals and other interventions: http://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

kb7:  I chose to go with a group of midwives that deliver at a hospital. I switched from seeing an OB to the midwives group. I wanted to deliver at a birth center, but my insurance wouldn’t cover it. It was the next best thing since I like the care I get with the midwives and their philosophy. I think anyone who sets their mind can have an unmedicated L&D as long as complications do not arise. I think both your mind and body need to work together, unless as I said something happens that requires intervention. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

I gave birth in a pool a birthing centre last month. While there was a doctor she was only present for the birthing. I was stalled at 3cm for almost a day and offered pitocin but I asked for an alternative and had an enema and gave birth 5 hours later. If it’d been a hospital it would have gone differently I’m sure.

 

I used slow breathing, counterpressure massage and music for pain management. Definitely practise the slow breathing before labour. It’s very effective and I wish I’d practised more.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  MrsYoshida.
Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

As long as your provider is on board, you’re fine. There are plenty of doctors who prefer natural birth too, as it often has fewer complications and can move faster.  Really, your best bet is to find a practice that looks good, check out th hospital where they deliver (look for “baby friendly” with rooming in, etc, as that often goes hand in hand with natural birth friendly), and then talk it over with your doc. 

I had a midwife, but in all fairness, I didn’t see her much during labor. She peeked in periodically, and was there for the pushing, but it was Darling Husband and the L&D nurses who were my main support before the epi (I lasted 15 hours and then said no more haha).  If you want someone there with you al the time, either hire a doula or learn one of the husband coached methods like Bradley. 

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