Natural Childbirth

Eva - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 77 moms have responded )

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I haven't decided yet on natural childbirth or utilizing medicine for my childbirth and would like the opinions/advice from Mom's who have had either.

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Jessica - posted on 07/13/2009

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My first 2 were born in the hospital and I did have an epidural with both. They weren't bad experiences they were just kind of boring. As silly as that sounds, it was just that as soon as I got the epidural I was just, there. My last 2 were born all natural at home. They were great experiences mostly because I felt more involved than I had before. It hurt of course but nothing I couldn't handle and obviously it wasn't too terrible as I'm having my 5th child at home in Sept. Two major differences that I found, 1) my recovery was alot faster with my natural births, 2) My labors were faster when I was able to get up and move. Working with your body is definately key to having a more comfortable birth ,if there is such a thing:). Good luck, hope this helps.

Jyn - posted on 07/20/2009

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I've had both and I would have to say natural is the only way to go. The list is ENDLESS why. I've had 3 Pitocin births, and Pitocin really is evil. Even needed in an emergency, it should only be the last resort and not because you aren't progressing fast enough for the doctors.

First of all- %60 of a hospital's income is from pregnant/birthing moms... has to sort of make you stop and think for a moment and follow the money trail on what is nessicary.
Second, when you are birthing naturally- you create endorphins that go into the baby and help the baby during labor! This eases the baby's stress level, pain, everything! When you get an epidural- you don't make those same endorphins, so the baby isn't getting that extra needed help easing into the world.

Certain interventions are wonderful when needed- and you CAN have a good natural birth in a hospital setting! I've had five in hospitals- both with and without intervention. My 6th will be a water birth in a few weeks and Im so excited! Do your homework!

Some great sites:
http://www.mybestbirth.com
http://www.lotusbirth.com
http://www.mothering.com/herbal-allies-p...
http://labortrials.wordpress.com/

Good luck!

Tina - posted on 07/20/2009

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I went into my first labour with no thoughts or expectations. I was fortunate enough to have a great midwife that could read my needs and wants. My third baby is now 5 months old and they were all born naturally in the bath. i have been extremely lucky though. I feel it is important not to put pressure either way. What works, works. Definately keep all options open. Good Luck.

Cas - posted on 07/19/2009

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I had a natural childbirth and would highly recommend it. My baby was alert from the second he came out, eyes wide open and looking around, it was beautiful. We spent most of the night staring at each other in amazement. If you can, try it, if it gets too much you can always get help then. And yes, it hurts, but it is possible to get through it, you are built to have babies, just have trust in your body.

Kita - posted on 07/19/2009

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I'd recommend reading Ina May Gaskin's book, "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth." I wasn't sure what I wanted either and after I read her book, I felt so empowered; and had both my children naturally. It reminds you that woman have been having children this way for as long as we've roamed the Earth; and you get to read the pros and cons of the epidurals and and being induced, etc. Feel free to ask any questions!!

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Iysha - posted on 10/02/2009

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I had an epidural. I think I could have gone for a natural child birth but I wanted to enjoy having my baby be born and not be hurting more than I was at 6cm dialated. I was able to relax with my family and when I had contractions, I could feel them as pressure, not pain. I absolutely loved the fact that I was not in pain and could still feel my baby coming out. It was wierd...but good wierd. lol. I felt like I was more able to concentrate on pushing since the pain wasn't there. It just felt like pressure. I only pushed for 25ish minutes! BTW.. the epidural didn't hurt either. And the BS people say about babies being unresponsive is just that...BS. My daughter was completely alert, cried, had her eyes wide open....and she was a preemie. I was able to move around afterward like nothing had ever happened and didn't need any pain meds after. I mean, I sat up and ordered food right away, ate and walked around my "family" room as soon as I was finished.

Anna - posted on 10/02/2009

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I have had 5 hospital births and they felt about as "natural" as having a poo in public whether I was drugged up or not. My sixth baby is due at xmas and I have researched as much as I can on the effects of the interventions/monitoring we receive while pregnant and in labour. There are studies that show that with the absence of monitoring/interventions a woman birthing is less likely to want or need any medical assistance (pain relief).

I had pain free labour with my first child as I had every belief that my body was capable of birthing without killing me.I was told that I had hours of agony ahead of me(3cm dialated 20mins before) about a minute later I began pushing. After 4 pushes my baby was born. I had gone from 3cm to 10cm in 20 mins with only mild period type pains. Trust that this is what your body is meant to do, and research the effects of monitoring/interventions for yourself, you will proberbly be as horrified as I was when you discover the truth.

Dispite my first labour being so easy, after my next four hospital births I had become so terrified of doing it again that I was going to opt for a c-section this time, until I found this website www.purebirth-australia.com. This website got me researching until I have now regained the trust that I had in my body in my first birth, instead of trusting the mw/doctors. Another good website is www.unassistedchildbirth.com. Please also check out www.cordclamp.com. I have put these websites on here as they might help you to prepare yourself with as much knowledge as you can so that you are fully aware of the effects and can make an informed decision when you are offered any form of "assistance". My best wishes go out to you for a beautiful birth and a healthy happy baby

Lauren - posted on 07/22/2009

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Hi Eva,
Be open to change your mind no matter what your birth plan is it will always change coz labour hurts like hell. I didnt want any drugs at all and ended up having the gas but my son ended up going into distress and i had emergency c section luckily for me coz he was a massive 10 pound 8 ounces . So really its a waiting game and i would go with whatever feels right at the time..have no expectations at all. You might have a really good labour and not need anything everyone is different so dont feel pressured make your own mind up at the time. good luck and congratulations best ever moment in your life.

Ashley - posted on 07/22/2009

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i was gonna try with all my might to have a natural drug free child birth. then i went into labor and my son was posterior so he was looking up and that was the worst pain. the nurse told my fiance to rub a certain spot on my back and she was showing him and i yelled at her not to touch me ever again. oops. so before i even left triage i was yelling for drugs and they gave them to me about an hour later. that was heaven. i was joking with my family and laughing and i really enjoyed the experience. after i gave birth i was really glad i got the epidural because i tore in two different places and then had to be cut:( it took me over 3 months to heal. i might try natural next time tho. it's your body and you need to decide what's best for you.

Allison - posted on 07/22/2009

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hi all, i'm new. and i apoligize for stepping on toes with my response. i've had two children and both were with epedural. are you people crazy??!!! :) i would go with the drugs anytime. my first i felt nothing, it was a breeze. went into the hospital at 10pm had him at 3 pm next day. my daughter i was induced and towards the end the epedural wore of on my right side OMG the pain!!! thank god i could zap myself with my pain medicine. i did it just in time to wow! drugs all the way!!! yippee

Lucy - posted on 07/22/2009

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i had a emergency c section with my son 10 months ago and we are trying for baby number 2, i want a natural childbirth with second one with no drugs just hope i get my wish

Karissa - posted on 07/22/2009

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With my 1st I was induced, had an epidural & was in albor for 18 hrs. & also had an epiesotomy..I didn't really feel like I was part of his birth because I was so out of it & couldn't feel anything..I felt like CRAP for about a week after & it took awhile to heal from the epiesotomy. With my 2nd..I had her completly natural..was only in labor for 6 hrs. I did tear a little..but I felt SO much better after her birth.I was up walking etc. 45 mins after I had her..& I felt so much more apart of her birth & I remember every detail of it..compared to my son..Natural Childborth is an AMAZING esperience!

Bethanie - posted on 07/22/2009

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Not to scare you but my first child I took the epidural and wish I hadn't. My reaction was so strong they put me on oxygen because it had numbed me so much I felt like I couldn't breath. Oh and then the way I felt later was terrible I had the worst migrain in the world it felt like my head was a heavy brick and it took all I had to keep my head up but it hurt too bad to keep it up... Needless to say plans are for my next that's due in Feb is going to be natural no drugs for me no thanks!!! Good luck and I hope you make the best decision for yourself and what you think you will be able to handle.

Kaala - posted on 07/21/2009

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Aloha Eva,
3 months ago I had my first baby. All natural in the hospital. They had to pop my water and give me a very little patosin cause I was stuck at 7 for a long time. The labor lasted 28 hrs and it was back labor. It depends on your pain tolerance mine is high and I didn't think is was that bad at all. One suggestion they put me on my side to push one time I don't know why my midwife did that but it completely blew that side out. DO NOT DO THAT! Because of it I had over 30 stitches a humatoma and needed catheter for 9 days. If I wouldn't have been put on my side it would been fine. Baby latched on and was very alert right away connected with me and her father right away witch is why we wanted natural. either way you'll have a beautiful baby at the end. Congrats!!!

Danielle - posted on 07/21/2009

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I had an epidural with both of my children. I loved it and wouldn't change a thing. You still feel the pressure of the contractions just not the pain. Both times I felt every minute of pushing but I think you need to in order to get the baby out. I was up and about quickly with both my children. I just had my daughter in April and I was walking around with no pain meds a few hours later. It would have been earlier but the nurses wouldn't let me. Good Luck!

Candis - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi my name is candis I have 3 kids of my own I had both of my daughters with drugs couldn't feel a thing was great. My son I had him natural and he was the biggest 8lb 3 oz cause I didnt have any time to get any drugs he came with in the hour. The only thing with having them natural is the contractions that is the worst part pushing is not the problem. But now I can tell people how great it was with out any drugs or with drugs. So what I am saying is with or without drugs it is a BEAUTIFUL thing you just want that baby out.

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009

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well, i had an epidural for the 8 hrs of labor, but it wore of for the birth. at the time, it hurt like hell! but now im glad it happened that way! i feel so much more confident in myself now! i feel like if i got through that, i can get through anything! plus im glad it worked for the hrs of contractions! those things hurt! it hurt through the birth too, but i knew itd be over soon. id rather have the pain meds for the labor instead of the birth.

Arein - posted on 07/20/2009

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CONGRATULATIONS!! I would describe myself as somewhat a weenie when it comes to pain but I was more worried about getting the epidural than I was going all natural. In any event the first time around I got to a 7 before I asked for the IV meds and it was the worst feeling in the world. I truly felt like an out of body experience (i could hear and sense everything that was going on around me but I felt so 'drunk' from the meds that I couldnt even open my eyes or talk) I was in labor for 4hours before I asked for the epidural and by then my nurse (who laughed at me when I told her I didn't want an epidural) smiled and said you made it sweetie it's time to push! I was fortunate enough to have the same nurse the second time around and she said 'you've done it once, I know you can do it again.' I didnt even ask for the IV meds and again was in labor 4hours before I asked for the epidural but again it was too late and I pushed Luke out in 2 pushes! I truly enjoyed every moment of labor but if it would have gone much longer I probably would have ended up with the epidural. I think the biggest thing is what you are comfortable with. Congrats again and good luck!

Arein

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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I agree with Catherine - birth plans are really helpful - of course you can not 'plan' what is actually going to happen but having down on paper what you would like, what you feel strongly about then the midwives and doctors do support your choices. I had a birth plan for both of mine. The first time i didn't show the midwife so how were they meant to follow it! So i made sure with my son (who was born at home) that i did have my birth plan ready and waiting!

Also don't be afraid for either you or your birthing partners to question why the midwife or doctor is suggesting anything to you.

I am also a strong believer in the cascade of intervention and felt with my first labor that is what happened to me!

Catherine - posted on 07/20/2009

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Tina Sasso and a few others make an important point: you need to decide what is right for _you_ and your circumstances. Another thing that we did that was helpful was to write out a birth plan detailing both what we wanted to happen, and what we would do if things didn't go as planned. We made sure our midwife understood and agreed with our plan, and took multiple copies with us to the hospital. Make sure you know what your options are, and understand the pros and cons of the available meds and procedures, and when/why they might be used. The more informed you are, the more likely you are to have a birth experience that goes the way you want.

Terri - posted on 07/20/2009

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Alea - posted on 07/19/2009

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I knew from the minute I found out I was pregnant I wanted an epidural. My water broke at 3am and I wasn't having any contractions. I got to the hospital and was 2cm just the same as the last couple of drs. app. I was not in any pain at all. Sat there for a couple of hours waitinf for dr. to get there with no changes in dilation. So, the dr gave me ?patosion? to help me dilate. Not too long after that I started hurting like I never hurt in my life. I had to suffer for 1 hour and when they checked me I had not dilated much at all. They then gave me my epidural and I went from 4 to 10 in 3 hours. I felt no pain. It was great. They told me when I got there they thought I would deliver at 8 or 9 pm. At noon the dr. said if I wanted I could start pushing. I waited for about an hour until my mom got there. I pushed for 30 minutes. I hate pain and was so scared to have a baby and I can say for me there was no pain except that one hour. I loved my epidural and I know I could not have done without it.

Timbrel - posted on 07/19/2009

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GET the DANG EPISDURAL!!! omg i went without for 20 or 30 mins and omg!!! i cried and cringed and shook!!! even my husband said he wanted to cry cuz he saw how i was acting!!!

Brianna - posted on 07/19/2009

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I decided very early on to go all natural, i have to admit i really enjoyed the birth of my son. if ever i decide to have another i believe i would choose to go natural again. I felt like i felt my body more telling me what to do.

Ivonne - posted on 07/18/2009

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What ever you do, be safe.

Your baby and you are the most important issues to consider.

It's beautiful to experince a natural birth, but a tough labor may lead to a c-section.

Ask your doctor "Lots" of questons as well as close family and friends and when the time comes, I'm sure you will make the right decision.



All the BEST!!!!

Aleks - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had 2 children and both with a natural vaginal birth with not pain relief. My labours were pretty quick on 6 hours then other just under 8! Everyone is different. Some women labour quickly some long time... some end up needing a c-section others dont. Everyone has different pain thresholds too. Just remember, women were birthing without pain relief, vaginally for millenia... so it is do-able!...

Good luck, no matter what you choose.. or baby chooses for itself!!! Keep in mind though that sometimes you can plan but baby has other ideas!!!

Jessica - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had a 'silent labour' where I was having contractions for about 2 days but they were 15 mins apart and not particularly painful either. When my water broke I went to the hospital and they just thought I was still in early labour coz the contractions were so far apart, but by then I was getting really strong bearing down feelings. We persuaded them to examine me and they found I was 9cm dilated! Up til then I had gone through the whole labour with only paracetamol, then I got gas and air as well - it was too late for anything else. The only other painkiller I had was a local anesthetic coz I had an episiotomy coz my baby was big, they got his head out but then his shoulders got stuck! All was ok in the end though, he weighed 10lb 5oz.

Samantha - posted on 07/18/2009

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i got induced, so my conractions were HARD AND FAST. i got the epidural after only two hours on active labour. i would have liked to hold off, but tears were running down my face, and i jsut wanted to sleep. it did take a long time for the epidural to wear off and i wasnt able to pee because of it, had to get a catheder until the next day, but it did take the pain away and i pushed her out after only 13 mins.

Lesley - posted on 07/18/2009

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I just had my first baby and succeeded in my goal of an all natural birth. We were lucky and everything progressed pretty quickly. It was tough but there are lots of things you can do to minimize the pain. A childbirth class will help you with these, and make sure you`re aware of the pros/cons of all drugs as well.

I think that while thing can go wrong that require medical intervention, your body is designed to birth if you don't let your mind interfere.

Good Luck! I hope all goes smoothly either way.

Jennifer - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had a completely natural child birth (which was not my first choice...the hospital was soo busy, they couldnt get in to me before it was too late). Laboring was ok...it did get uncomfortable towards the end, and I did tell my husband to go get the nurse because no one should have to go through that feeling. When the nurse came in to check me, I was at 10cm...and we just went from there. Again, not going to lie...the pain is VERY intense and nothing that can be described...except it feels like all your insides are coming out. I also had an episitomy (and felt that)...but once the whole thing was over...the pain ended. Yeah, I was uncomfortable but the pain was gone. You have to go with your body and what feels right for you...and can always change your mind once your there. You also have to know how you deal with pain and what your pain threshold is. Someone I know labored for a while, ended up having a c-section, but when we talked, she told me...I have no idea how you did it, as she had only labored to about 5cm. It was nice to be able to move around and walk right after having her, and she was awake (as awaks a newborn can be) and I didnt have to worry about any side effects for either of us. Now that I have done natural once...and know that i can do it...would i do it again? probably...but if the next one is different or things get too much, would i opt for something to help me be more comfortable...absolutely

Cari - posted on 07/18/2009

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I was in the same boat you are but once you go into labor that is when you will decide. Some people's pain tolerance is higher than others and you want to be as comfortable as possible so when the little one arrives you get to treasure every moment. I got an epidural and it was amazing!!

Dana - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have to agree with alot of people who are saying it has to do with your frame of mind and who say they had a high tolerance for pain. I think if you go in with the attitude "I'm gonna kick childbirths ass" not "Childbirth is gonna kick my ass" You'll be good to go.

Ashleigh - posted on 07/17/2009

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Natural is all the way to go. I would never in my life ever get medication. (unless there was a complication etc.) I did it all natural and it was the most amazing thing I ever did. Even though I had horrible back labour, and for 2 days, I was sooo alert right after the birth. I am told also that if you do it completely all natural the recovery time is shorter. I was up and walking the same day. I had midwives, which are completely amazing. I would have one if you were seriously thinking of an all natural birth. When I see a baby story on T.V. it makes me mad sometimes, because alot of woman dont really think they can handle it or do it all naturally, when they really can! I think alot of it has to do with your frame of mind. I told myself not to get any meds and didnt!!

Catherine - posted on 07/17/2009

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I went completely natural. 24 hours and 9 minutes of labor, 3 hours of the pushing phase. For me, the key was educating myself about what was going to happen so I knew what to expect and could relax and go with the flow. I would highly recommend Ina May Gaskin's "Guide to Childbirth." I took hypnobirthing classes, and did a bit of bellydancing to help me through contractions. My son was alert and began nursing almost immediately, and that made it all worth it. Remember that birth is a natural process, and women have been doing it for ages before modern medicine showed up. Ultimately, you need to decide what is right for you, and be comfortable with your decision.

Becky - posted on 07/17/2009

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Listen to you body! Look at the arguments for and against.

Also think of other 'natural' pain relief options - i know people use massage, acupunture, tens, oils etc etc Breathing is just about the best form of pain relief. If you can learn briefing technqiues you will go a long way before you need anything else.

If you live in the UK check out NCT (National Child Birth Trust) they do courses and i went both times. Although a littel expensive they are so much better than the free NHS ones (at least i think they are) and i used lots of the things they taught me and my husband!

Becky - posted on 07/17/2009

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My experience of birth is as follows:

My first (Jessica) was over due by around two weeks, i let the midwife book me in to be induced. What hell! You see they kept stopping my labour for one reason or another! Then when i did go into labour i had not slept for so long i was finding it all very hard and very intense. After another 28 hours of labour i had an epidural and slept for an hour. Then they woke me up told me to push i had no idea where i was what i was doing and could feel nothing! Then i ended up being taken into the operating room shaking like a leaf for a c-section. However, the consultant then decide to see if he could deliver the baby using forceps and decided he could. He gave me a cut and then delivered Jessica (33 hours in total!) however not only did i have a cut i tore very very badly and i took a long time to recover from it all with problems for a year after brith.

With my son i was determind not to go through that again. So i tried everything to bring on labour naturally. But as two weeks over due approached my midwife wanted to book me in for an induction again which had me in tears all ngiht - the next morning i called the midwife and said no i was not having an induction and wanted a home birth! Finally just over 2 weeks i went into labour at home and after 5 1/2 hours Oliver arrived with a small tear, i had no pain relief other than a tens machine i hired and a birthing pool i purchased from birthingpool in a box company. I head very quickly and was out and about with my children within a day!

For me it would be natural all the way - unless there was a medical reason for it. Saying that i believe each birth is different, each mother is different and at the end of the day with painrelief or no pain relief you will have your lovely baby.

Sheri - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have given birth 3 times. The first I was given Demerol (which they don't use anymore) and I hated it. I felt druged and it prolonged my labor because it nocked me out for an hour. My second was completely natural and very painful. I was pretty much blacked out through most of it. He was 10 lbs and his shoulders where stuck. So with my third I decided on an epidural. They gave it to me right after I started having contractions and I loved it. I did not feel druged at all. I was able to enjoy the experience without any pain. I could feel my baby moving through the birth canal, which I could not with the first two. I was able to have conversations and joke around and when it came time to push I could focus on what I was doing. After my baby was born, we where both awake and alert. I was able to get up and move around right away and could not even tell that I had had the epidural. No matter which way you decide on it is a wonderful experience! Good luck and congradulations!

Dana - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi Eva,

I'll start by telling you that my pain tolerance is very small. During my pregnancy I had decided that when I am in labour I would use the drugs when needed (both my husband and I thought it would be within the first few contractions). Much to my surprise, I had a natural childbirth!!! I strongly suggest listening to your nurses (hopefully they will relax you and help you breath). I found that when I concentrated on relaxing and breathing through the contraction it really helped and knowing that the contraction wasn't going to last forever.

Both my husband and I (including our medical team) were amazed at how well I did - I was a trooper and I think our son (and myself) were better off without the medication.

Good luck with your delivery and your decision!

Jennifer - posted on 07/16/2009

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I had my son almost completely natural... i was 8 cm when I asked for some IV pain medication, but i was an induced labor because I was fully efaced and just wasnt dilating..Honestly I didnt scream at all and the pain medication didnt cause my son to come out all drugged or anything he was fully alart... he even peed on the nurse. I had planned on getting an epidural a couple of hours later but yeah when they checked my cervix 10 minutes after my pain meds they found out i was almost ready to deliver. Go in with a open mind and be prepared for either way natural or with the help of medicine. Good Luck!!!

Xaviera - posted on 07/16/2009

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Well i will tell you if your not a pain taker than you should have some medicine it really will help with pain, i didnt have my epidural till i was about 6 cm dilated

Susan - posted on 07/16/2009

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hey.. i was plannin to hav my son natural.. and evry1 knew that.. and evry1 told me that went the pain is unbearable it mean labour is nearly over.. but then i went to my midwive for the normal appntmnt at 41wks she told me that i will b induced the nxt day.. i ended up needin evry type of meds possible.. my body wasnt readi to give birth it was medicated in to givn birth so i wasnt goin at a natural pace it was forced.. i was induced thursday mornin at 8am thn by lunchtym i was havn nice contractions.. but they startd to die dwn.. but at 9pm they came bac and they wher painfull and uncomfy.. but i wasnt gona giv birth that nyt.. so they gav me a sleepin pill and a panadol but it wasnt strong enuff so at 11 i was givn a codine.. that wasnt strong enuff then at 1am (friday) i was givn a pethidine injection that finaly took most of the pain away and i was able to sleep.. till 4am.. then at 9am i was told i would b put on the drip(cnt think of the name but the 1 that brings on stronger contractions) so at 10.30am i was al contected up to a drip and things startd gettn alot stronger.. and more painfull i was suckn away on the gas.. then went on to hav another pethidine injection and then on to a epidural.. but i dnt think the epidural workd.. i felt evrythin i felt the ring of fire.. but for mynxt 1 i hope to b all natural.. so reali its all up to u and ur body.. i wish i could of handled the pain.. but i was soooo tired..

but gudluck.. x x x

Lynette - posted on 07/16/2009

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Eva, Find out what dangers there are for you and your baby if you decide to use an anethesia. In my home town we have had some mothers who died or nearly died from an epidural. Get your facts, then make a decision. Remember that ALL medical professionals are concerned about THEM not being sued.

Melody - posted on 07/16/2009

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I did natural as well (mostly afraid of a big needle in my spine) and other than being exhausted it really was OK. My body pumped out so many endorphins that while I was pushing I didn't feel ANYTHING not even the 3rd degree tear that my guys shoulders gave me. I found that as long as I kept moving that my contractions weren't to hard to handle and the water slowed down my labour, otherwise it probably would have been quicker. Mostly do remember to do what you are comfortable with and don't let them boss you around. Whatever you choose the end result is that you have a beautiful baby.

Angi - posted on 07/16/2009

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My first child was born last October. I went into labor fully intending to go without an epidural, but not necessarily ruling it out as an option. But after 7 hours of labor my contractions were coming so hard that I could no longer focus on relaxing through them which was counter-productive, once I had the epidural I went from 4cm to fully dialated & ready to push in 3 hours, I was able to rest in the interim and then have plenty of energy left for pushing. This was my first child. I would still like to go the distance without the drugs, to have the full experience ; ) Congrats & good luck!

Arrynne - posted on 07/16/2009

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natural childbirth is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I had a natural childbirth, my labor lasted 12 hours, 6 hours in active labor, 2 hours of pushing. The thing that I found amazing was that for me it did not hurt, I never felt the 'ring of fire' that some people speak of. Contractions were more uncomfortable than anything. I was walking around an hour after I gave birth.

Renee - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hi, I'm glad your choosing to go natural. I think that's the way god intented. I had 3 natural births NO DRUGS AT ALL and i found myself to be in total control of my labour. My first child was born after 36hrs, my 2nd after 6.5 hrs and my 3rd only 3 hrs and she is already 6mths old, unbelievable, where has the time gone....the most important thing to remember is breath, go with your contractions and remember the pain is only temporary. Walk around your birthing suite, sit on the ball or have lenghty hot showers. The more you are active during labour the quicker things happen. Once you have given birth the pain stops straight away, holding your newborn baby makes you forget what you have just been through. The position i found most comfortable in giving birth is on all fours. Good luck and god bless, i hope you find this info helpful. If you have any more questions please ask i would love to help.

Danielle - posted on 07/15/2009

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I was going to have natural childbirth but my Dr. advised me against it. My blood pressure had increased a week before and he had to be induced. So she said the pain would cause my bp to rise even more. So i had to have a epidural but ended up having a c-section anyways. Goodluck and congratulations!!!!!

Samantha - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hello Eva, I had a natural birth. It seemed like 4ever and painful so next time I'm ordering EVERYTHING..
My doctor just kept saying to me 'Sam, you're doing just fine - you don't need anything, we're almost there' Omygosh - stoooopid me listened. I didn't have any stitches because bub was only 6.9 oz and I felt my recovery was faster than ppl I spoke to who had epidurals etc. My advice is just take it as it comes and if the pain gets too much (and it sure does, trust me) for you to handle then ask for something. There is NO pain I've experienced so far like this one that's for sure.But u forget how much it hurt once you have your precious little bundle in your arms xxx best of luck!

Lindsey - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hey there....i am 22 i had my first child at 22 in december 2008



i did not have pain meds or anything i wasn't hooked to anything (iv) the only thing i had was the monitor to check the baby and contractions otherwise it was completely uneventful...i tolerated the labor so well that the nurses didn't even believe that i was in labor and didn't even check how dialted i was when i got to the hospital and i ended up having my daughter an hour after i got to labor and delivery...i breathed through the contractions..yeah they hurt but it definitely wasn't as bad as i had seen on tv watching baby shows and what not..and i heard that getting pain meds slowed it down and i wanted to get though it by myself bc i had my heart set on a natural birth...woman were built to do i feel we should..(not downing all who has had pain meds) just person preference..i plan to use no pain meds with my second which is due this feburary :) good luck in your decision!! remember its totally a personal choice

Adrienne - posted on 07/15/2009

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I am a mother of three. My first child I was young and didn't even realize that I was in labor when I went to the doctor so I elected to get an epidural. Although I waited til the last minute to receive it, I was greatful because I didn't feel a thing. With my last two children I was natural, the pain was not as bad as I thought it would be although I imagined it being very bad since I started watching the Baby Story show that comes on TLC. I would definitely recommend going natural because your able to get around much quicker. Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family.

Starr - posted on 07/15/2009

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I had both, epidural with the first and natural with the second ( not by choice as she was too impatient coming out). I had a much more enjoyable experience with the drugs. I had the epidural at about 6 cm and the rest of the labour was wonderful. Pushing him out was a piece of cake and I was laughing and eating Wendy's within a half hour of delivering. My no drug birth was very traumatic. It hurt like hell and I was shaking and cryinig through the whole thing. I couldn't even hold my baby for the first 20 minutes after she was born b/c I was so traumatized. Now mind you I didn't have the slow build up during labour. I started at 4 cm with contractions 2 min apart and at the end I went from 7 -10 cm in 60 seconds so that did contribute to it. I am definitely pro drugs. I felt like my first delivery was a fairy tale delivery and my second was a nightmare. But in the end I have 2 beautiful babes. : )

Kayla - posted on 07/15/2009

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i had decided early on that i wanted to use absolutely NO pain medication and i knew i was going to stick it out and through my whole pregnancy i had moms asking if i was getting the epidural and when i told them no they would start to talk about how they got it and how they would never go w/o one again...and i'm glad i didn't listen to them all i got was a little iv medicine...and thats it. i had a wonderful labor only last 6 hours and i only pushed for 20 minutes. and i would definitely do it again in a heartbeat. so good luck...just choose what you think is right for you. :)

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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Ok Eva here it is. I had meds with my first born. I was able to get a good nights sleep. I mean while I was having some major spiking contractions I was in total dream world. I didn't feel any contraction's, however I did experience back labor. Not so fun. I went into the hospital at 8:30 pm and and 1 am they came in to do the epidural. I feel asleep at like 2 am and woke up at 9:30 am and sat and talked to people until it was time to push at 12 pm and I gave birth to my beautiful daughter at 12:29 and it was awesome. Then 7 years later came my wonderful and painful birth of my son. He is one know. I got to the hospital at like 11:30 I put off any meds the pain was ok. Well all of a sudden they couldn't find the heart beat they made me lay back down it hurt more when I was on my back and I hated every minute of it. I can't tell ya time when anything happened I wasn't happy and paying attention. The contractions were coming and they were strong and then they told me I couldn't have any meds it was to late. Well my doctor was running late and she wasn't even my doctor it was the on call doctor. So sense she wasn't there yet they held my legs together during the contractions so I wouldn't push. Which really didn't help I still pushed and it hurt even worse because I was pushing a baby no where. Well finally the nurse says I am going to deliver the baby so its time to push. It hurt and I was tiered and wore out before I even started pushing. Out came a baby with a cord around his neck and he wasn't breathing. It took 15 minutes before they got a good breath out of him. One of the nurses was getting ready to code him. He was born a little after 5 am. With my first child and the meds I got up with help like 10 minutes after. And with in a half hour I had taken a shower on my own and fixed my hair and put on make up so I looked good for visitors. With the second child and all natural birth I didn't want to get up. I couldn't go pee I didn't take a shower until later that night. I never fixed my hair or put on make up while I was at the hospital. So you can read this and all of these other ones and decided what you think. Everyone is different.

Sara - posted on 07/15/2009

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Well, I chose to have an epidural, and I don't regret it. It was the best choice for me and I had no complications. My baby was born quickly and very healthy. Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 07/15/2009

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hi eva i had a natrual birth with only gas and air, i would highly recommend it as i was in and out of hospital the same day. it was all of a bit of a shock as my labour was just under 3 hours long and my little one was born 10 days early. yes it does hurt but they are worth every bit of pain. feel free to ask anything, take care and hope all goes well

xxx

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