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EBERKSHIRE86
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12/14/12 10:09 A

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thats a good attitude to take cause your right you never know what can happen birth is one thing that you can never completely plan for :)

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Well, first time round I was bullied into an "elective" c-section. The baby was breech (which I had told them from about week 16, all babies in my family are born breech) and apparently going to weight in at 11lbs, so they refused to let me deliver naturally. Baby was 8lbs 6oz, so I wasn't impressed and it took me a long time to feel better about it.

Baby no.2 was born naturally, but back to back, oh, and breech of course. Apparently you are only in labour when you reach 4cm, and it took me 3 days and 6 hours of painful contractions every ten minutes (lying down, sitting up it was constant pain),so by the time I hit 4cm, I was begging for an epidural because I was so exhausted (stupid doctor gave me a sedative which had made it even harder). Even then it only took the edge off the pain. I had planend on having no drugs at al, but I did have gas and air while waiting for the anaethetist, and must say I quite enjoyed that!lol

This time round, I'm ruling nothing out. Both of mine have been so different, I have no idea what this next one will be like!



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I know I wasn't aiming it specifically at you just think its important that people know both sides


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3/1/12 10:35 A

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As I has said, I do NOT knock people for wanting an epidural. I'm only saying that out of 10 people I know, 5 people had bad experiences with the epidural. Unfortunately I am self pay and epidurals are about $1600 and that's a lot of money for something that "may not" work correctly. I do applaud your hospital, doctors and nurses for being so great. Unfortunately it's just not like that here. I guess according to a lot of people it's not like that many places, lol.
I am extremely glad you had a great experience. PLEASE don't get me wrong when I rant about epidurals and doctors. I don't want you taking that personally. It's nothing to do with you or your personal experience. It's all about the doctors and nurses HERE and most other places too. I hear more and more horror stories about epidurals and I know people who have had more than one kid and one epidural was great and the other one had complications. Also, there are people out there that can't tolerate the medication and it reacts different to them. BUT you don't know that until you actually have one and then your whole birth experience is miserable. My DH's friend said his wife had 2 bad experiences and both times they had an intern come in and administer the epidural and both times she was only numb in certain spots and unfortunately those spots were not where she needed them. lol That REALLY sucked because they were self pay and STILL had to pay full price for the services. They demanded the actual doctor and not an intern but they said they the doc woudn't be back in time to do it before time was up on getting one. I DO know several people who had no problems at all and feel that someone is completely stupid for NOT getting one but that's only a matter of opinion. Even a natural birth can have many complications and you can't say that anyone is stupid for anything they decide to do. There's going to be good and/or bad experiences with every birth.
Please believe that have no intentions of knocking what you did or might do. It's a personal preference. I just felt the need to rant about how most docs are. I know there are good ones out there but it seems far and few between. I'll tell anyone... if you find one you really really like, STAY WITH HIM/HER. They just don't make'em like they used to, lol.
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Wow I guess I'm just really lucky with the hospital by me since I have read nothing but negative stories about other peoples hospital experiences on here. The nurses at my hospital were all awesome in supporting whatever decissions I made. No one tried to push pain meds on me I asked for the epidural myself and knew early on before talking to anyone that was the route I wanted to go.

Thats great that everyones so into natrual birthing I am on 3 pregnancy teams on here and 3 on babyfit and the overwhelming majority on both are choosing natural and I have noticed alot of those same people making it seem like its some horrible thing to get an epidural and that they basically tie you to a bed and you have no say in anything once that needle goes in but that was defintely not my experience. (not that any of you did that its mostly on 1 team on here) But just to let you know its not like they put this needle in and you go completly numb from the waist down you can still feel its just not as bad but you have to be able to feel in order to know when to push. My doctor still helped me to move into different more comfortable positions while I was in labor and I had alot of say in what happened to me after I had that needle put in no one made any decisions for me. I still stood up after I gave birth and walked to the bathroom and to my room and maybe I was just one of the lucky few but I didn't have any side effects and cared for my baby in my room alone for the rest of the night so all in all my birth experience went great and I hope it all goes as smoothly this time no matter what I decide to do about the epidural.

I just wanted to let you guys know that because I just really feel that whether your for an epidural or against it alot of people feel that is the best or only way and every other way will lead to a horrible birth experience so I just want you to know that yea alot of people have really positive natural birth experiences but I had a really positive epidural birth experience and I do plan on trying to go without this time so hopefully I'll be able to come back after and give a better idea of both sides but its just important to remember that both ways will have their positives and negatives and I felt like, as maybe the only person ever (it kinda feels that way here :)) to have a good experience with an epidural I had to represent that side...end rant. ha ha

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OH, and I assume MOST of you know or have heard about drinking raspberry tea during the end of pregnancy to being on labor... I've been reading up on that and it looks like it doesn't bring on labor in anyway BUT it helps to strengthen the uterus which helps to bring on quick labor. Here's a link I found on raspberry tea.
konzababy.tripod.com/RRL.htm

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And that's exactly why I don't like hospitals anymore. There ARE complications with epidurals. I know 7 people personally not to mention all the people online I've talked to that have had some complications and some bad complications like temporary paralyzing. Others have had those headaches that are so bad they couldn't even hold their baby and those are from the spinal fluid where the needle is or something like that but I can't imagine not being able to hold my baby afterwards. 2 of the people I've known only got numb on one side and still felt all the pain on the other. None of these things they consider complications. They consider them side effects and talk about how rare they are. If they are so rare then why do I personally know so many people who've had them? There again, I don't knock people wanting them and I'm glad they have something like that out there but the fact that doctors pretty much push them is beyond me. The doctor I went to before I miscarried a while back told me the same thing. "Don't get caught up in the natural birth thing and forget that you have other options". I just laughed at that. I guess it's money AND the fact that it's easier for them if you don't feel anything. It's just gotten to be the norm now that everyone automatically gets one. I do know people who got them because the baby was sunny side up or something like that. I HOPE that doesn't happen to me or any of us but I heard that's some PAINFUL birthing there. You could just sneak a bottle of moonshine in there with ya and take a couple swigs of that if pain gets to be too bad, lol. My great grandma did that with one of her births years ago because the baby was breech. No pain meds back then either.
I am in the south and I wouldn't put it past anyone here to do something like that even now a days. lol.

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I went natural the first time and plan to again (if I don't have any complications from the GD). I couldn't find any classes near me (which is amazing because I live in a very crunchy granola kind of city). I read the Bradley book too. I didn't buy into all the husband coaching stuff, but I found the details about how women typically feel emotionally and physically at different stages very useful. It really helped me feel confident in how I was feeling myself through the process. My doctor sort of laughed off the natural birth thing when I brought it up and kept reminding me that should keep an open mind about medication. The nurses at the hospital were not really used to natural births so they weren't much support either. But when it came down to it, once I sent the anesthesiologist away, it was sort of a done deal and I just had to stick it out to the end. I will keep an open mind just in case, but since I am also freaked out by the needle in the back thing, it is going to take necessity, not comfort and convenience, to get me to go with the epidural.

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Oh nice! Our hospitals here don't have tubs. They won't even let you take a shower after your water breaks. Pretty much they hook you up to IV's, monitors and then you lay there till you give birth. That's why I'm going with a birthing center. I want to be able to get up and walk and move around when I want and NOT have an IV hooked up to me...

www.bradleybirth.com/
This will tell you a lot about it. There is a class here but it's about a 45 min drive and the way DH is working right now we just can't make those. Plus those classes are about 12 wks where most other birthing classes are 5-8 wks. I've hears the Bradley classes are worth it but we just can't spend that much time on it right now with him working 2 jobs.
I do have the books on order though "Husband Coached Birth" by Dr. Bradley and "Natural Child Birth the Bradley Way" by .... Ummm... Susan somebody? It was a woman for sure... There are many mixed reviews on the Dr. Bradley book. If you don't like a LOT of reading or your SO doesn't like a lot of reading you don't want that book. I looked for video's out there but couldn't find any on the classes. I liked the hypnobirthing because that was basically listening to relaxing CD's during labor and focusing on staying calm yada yada. I's like to read them all and as much as I can so that I can incorporate everything into what works for me. There's a chance I can use a piece of it all. :-) I'll let you know you what works best for me but you won't be much at all after me and since this is your second, we might go a lot closer together. :-)

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2/29/12 3:17 P

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Whats the bradley method I don't think I have ever herad of that.

I did hang out in the jacuzzi tub in my hospital for about an hour before I got the epidural and it really did help with the contractions

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Lol, Yeah, I have pretty wide hips myself. It runs in the family and everyone on my family had their children naturally and without much pain from what I'm told. I plan on being in a birthing center so I won't even really have a choice. I could be transferred to the hospital if it got that bad but I'm hoping that won't happen. I don't knock people getting pain meds cause everyone is different and people tolerate pain differently but I personally want to go into this birth with the attitude that the epidural is completely out. Of course any complication can happen too and I may HAVE to be in a hospital. I'm trying my best to take care of myself so that doesn't happen though. The bradley method has several exercises they recommend to help strengthen our labor parts and I'm doing all of them. No matter what... I want an easy labor. lol
From what the midwives at my birthing center, if you are at all really wanting to have a non medicated birth then you should really take lamaze, bradley or hypnobirthing classes and read as much on natural birthing and controlling yourself as possible. The problem with most people is that they go into pregnancy with the attitude it's going to hurt like hell and there's nothing I can do about it (except medication) and if you go into it thinking like that then of course it will be just that. (I'm repeating what I've heard, I'm in no way saying this like I know what I'm talking about, lol)
I'm trying to get as much info on natural births as possible and also watching them on youtube. Especially the water births which is what I'm planning on. Everyone tells me that laboring in water relieves soooo much of the pain that even if you don't birth in water just laboring feels so good.
I wanna see as many good births as possible. I do NOT want to focus on the bad things that can happen. I want to know how I can prevent whatever I CAN prevent but other than that I don't want to go into it scared. My Granny delivered 12 children all natural and wanted many more. :-) Although I guess after that many, they start birthing themselves, lol. More power to her!
I KNOW my husband would respect me soooo much more for going all natural. I'd LOVE to be able to throw that up to him when he complains about a paper cut in the future, ;-) hehe!

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I don't know what will happen. This is my first successful pregnancy so far. I haven't been on the boards much because I don't want to get too excited or involved, just in case.

Anyway, my mom had all three of us naturally because she had each of us in under 2 hours. My youngest brother was born in 45 minutes. If I take after her at all, there may not be time for an epidural. I do have wide hips, so we will have to wait and see.

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I'm trying to get up the nerve to do it all natural this time. I got an epidural last time and it worked out good for me I didn't think the needle was that bad and Grace was born pretty fast and without incident but at the same time I just feel like its more of an experience to do it without the drugs so as long as I don't chicken out I'm going to look into doing it without the epidural this time although I may change my mind at the last minute :)

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That was always my fear too! lol You know it is easier when you have control over your labor so when you start feeling out of control they will remind you to stay calm and breathe and thats when you know you need to harness that strength in you and it will go smooth. Im not saying its easy but its worth it! You will do wonderful emoticon

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Awesome! Believe it or not I'm actually excited about having it natural. I'm eager to get on with birth. I know it's going to hurt but I feel like I can control a lot of it. And I have heard from several people that when you get to that point you just can't take it anymore give it a couple minutes and you're done. :-)
I'd like to read up on hypnobirths (apparently you're not actually hypnotized) because you're supposed to be able to make yourself control the contractions and birth. It's not like you're out of your mind or anything you just focus and all. Sounds like a more advanced version of yoga. I'm not very good at yoga though so we'll see how it works. :-) My birthing center has the discs that they'll let me borrow so I don't have to pay for those but I have to buy the books if I want it. That's completely fine. Much cheaper than $150 for the DVD's, CD's and books. My DH is very laid back so I feel that it'll be easy for him to coach me through something like that.
I TOTALLY agree. I watched a friend get an epidural and it was HORRIBLE! She said she didn't feel it but I can NOT imagine what would happen if you twitched by accident during one of those. Man, as big as that thing is it's bound to cause some damage. I'd rather take my chances with pain. I'm too twitchy of a person to take those chances, lol.


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All 3 of my babies have been natural births. For me it was amazing because I felt like a warrior and so strong! I love that feeling of empowerment emoticon I took some Lamaze classes with my first, nothing with my second or third and honestly as painful as it was it was all worth it! My third baby, Oliver, was the hardest but thats mostly because he had a huge head and when I was pushing I remember saying I couldnt do it but then a minute later he was there and the nurse made a comment about how big his head was (which it still is) and I figured that was the reason lol I am planning on having a natural birth this time too but mostly because Im more afraid of having a huge needle stuck in my back .. I know that sounds crazy but true!

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Did any of you have babies all natural the first time or are doing it this time and if so what method did you use or are going to use, books, courses etc?
Unfortunately where we live we don't have a lot to choose from on classes. A few Lamaze from the hospital but that's about it. There are other online type courses and MANY books on natural birth but does anyone have any preference? I've ready a lot of reviews but those type of things are so hard to go on reviews since everyone is going to feel different about things. :-/

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