(Closed) Why Natural Births?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 47
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258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m still deciding, but want to follow this thread! I would really love to get through it without any intervention, but I think I would be open to getting an epi if I felt like I needed it at the time. Love hearing these reasons, thanks ladies! And thanks OP ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Stiletto13: This is a very interesting and important question. I learnt quite a few things at my biorthing classes last year, and as far as I gather, the more natural a birth, the less distressed the baby becomes, and the less chance oof intevention as the birth progresses. So for example if you have an epidural you become less mobile and therefore the baby might not move through your birth canal as easily as it would if you were swaying, rocking, on all fours, moving around etc, and then you might have a greater chance of a c section. This can mean that the natural birth hormones which help with starting bfeeding and bonding with baby are interesfered with etc etc, so it’s like a knock on effect.

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had a lot of reasons for wanting to go natural. Even though I didn’t succeed…

First of all, I think labour should be a lot of hard work. Lots of other worth-while things in life are. Most of the things I appreciate most, I had to work really hard for. Childbirth was not something I expected to be easy.

Secondly, I don’t like putting things in my body if I don’t have to (medically). I was scared of the “cascade of interventions.<br /> Of course, I will do what is needed, but if I don’t have to do it, I won’t. I had a lot of complications with my pregnancy which required surgeries while pregnant… so everything involved with that really freaked me out. I had no control over it, and I didn’t like that. I also wanted to give me and my baby the best start possible in terms of bonding. No, epidurals and c-sections won’t ruin the bond, but it can really interefere with things for some people. I wanted to breastfeed and recover with as little interferance as possible, and to me, trying to do things as naturally as possible was how I could do that.

I am not overly confident as well, that we know all the risks to some of the things we use for childbirth pain management and induction…and I am terrified of a c-section.

When it came to birth, I didn’t want to be induced, but had to be due to  my complications. Luckily, all it took was gel for labour to get started. I tried gas and nubain for pain releif, as my labour was progressing SUPER fast. I didn’t realize this however. I just thought that if I felt this much pain at 3-4 cm, that there was no way I’d make it to 10. When I opted for the epi, they didn’t check me until after it was placed, and I was at 10cm. Doh!

I was happy that I got to experience most of my labour and birth (the epi was turned off as soon as it went in) pretty naturally. The experience itself was very intensely painful, but I felt so strong afterwards for going through that…and I feel really good when my hustband tells me how great I did. I guess I found the experience empowering.

I’m now expecting my 2nd child, and hoping to do things 100% naturally this time…but even if I have the same experience as last time, I’d be ok with that!

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

mamas, thank you so much for sharing your experiences! i’m so happy this thread didn’t devolve because there is so much useful information. i’m not TTC yet but i’m starting to think about all these things and i used to say “i’m not trying to be a hero, i’m 100% getting epidural!” but i’m starting to rethink that mindset… so thank you ๐Ÿ™‚  i love women helping women without judgement.

Post # 50
Bee
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Simply put, because I don’t know if I will be having another child, I want to experience the full range of sensations in labor. If eventually I “tap out,” or if there is a medical situation warranting intervention, then so be it (but as we are planning a home birth I have additional incentive not to transfer). I have good faith in my body, and I trust pain free from fear as a sensation that will guide me and pass in time. I also believe that while done with good reason and a blessing for many people, medical interventions such as epidural or opiate administration during labor can lead to labor stalling or fetal distress causing increased unnecessary C-section rates. I think there are PLENTY of scenarios in which intervention prevents complications from stress and allow the mother much-needed rest… but for myself, I am cautious about taking any intervention by default that prevent me from connecting with my body’s progress through this very physical act.

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wanted to avoid a cascade of interventions. I wanted to be free to labor as I chose. I wanted to see if I could do it. I felt there was a purpose to my pain. I felt empowered, strengthened and renewed by the experience. It was painful, but powerful and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m horrified by the thought of a needle/anything going directly into my spine, so I want to avoid the epidural if possible. I also know one woman who had a numb leg for 2 months after her epi, and another woman whose epi had complications that now prevent her from having any other children beyond her first. I know a third woman who had a horrific spinal headache after an epi. This is just among my close friends. I know of no such complications from NOT having an epi. 

Post # 53
Bee
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Westwood:  Yes, childbirth is a leading cause of death in young women in developing countries and historically, but that has nothing to do with “medicated” vs “unmedicated” birth and more to do with the following factors:

– Inadequate nutrition contributing to small pelvis size complicating normal delivery and birth

– Ability to treat the developement of an infection during labor and overall cleanliness/hygene

– Medical facilities that can treat emergency complications such as maternal blood loss or fetal distress

I think you’d be hard pressed to argue that removing pain/sensation from labor actually decreases maternal mortality rates. I don’t think in the VAST majority of cases of maternal demise that the sensations of labor were what killed the mother (although they could certainly have been a sign of something being terribly wrong, like a stuck fetus in a pelvis with rickets). I would argue that epidurals and other pain relief allow mothers in distress to rest when desired, which probably leads to fewer complications due to exhaustion and fatigue, but more complications due to, well, epidurals causing problems of their own. It’s a give-and-take. Nevertheless, my point is that it’s not the medicated vs unmedicated nature of labor that’s linked to maternal/fetal demise but the available standard of care. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have been interested in an unmedicated/intervention free birth since before we were TTC.

Basically for all of the reasons mentioned (especially by DaneLady), but after TTC for so long I am not guaranteed another child and as long as everything goes fine and things are good I want to experience this for ALL it’s worth. If I need intervention to keep me and baby safe I will not mind, but if I can do it without intervention/pain meds I would love to.

I also would never judge anyone for their birth choices, their choices don’t affect me nor do mine affect them.  Everyone has to do what’s right for their situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’m not making any decisions now. I’m just going to go with the flow and see how I feel during delivery. As long as I have a  healthy baby I don’t care how they get here.

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