Amber - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I had both of my girls naturally without an epidural, medications, an episiotomy, or other interventions. Bevin was 8 lbs 3 oz and Cordelia was 8 lbs 10 oz. I labored, delivered without extended pushing times and recovered much quicker than friends and family I know that had other interventions and medications. I was able to initiate early bonding and breastfeeding and able to get out of bed shortly after labor and take care of my babies and not have others having to do it for me.
My youngest did have some meconium but she recovered quickly since she was not sedated from an epidural and medications. I delivered both my children at term without being induced which was very painful for some of my friends and family.
I also had relatively quick labors with my first being 10 hours and my second a little less than 5 hours. I also had short pushing times of about 15-20 minutes. I did deliver in a hospital since I am a nurse and know the complications that can occur during labor. I don't live within 5 minutes of a hospital so I wanted to deliver in a hospital in case complications occurred.
I am very happy with my birth experiences since I was awake and completely aware, able to control my pushing, able to bond with my daughters immediately after birth and able to get up out of bed almost immediately after birth.