Erin - posted on 10/07/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )
Were you a screamer? A moaner? A grunter? Or completely quiet?
Did you consciously make noises or did they just happen?
Did you find vocalisation helpful?
Did your labour style surprise you?
Personally, I expected to be quite loud, because I am a loud person and was having a natural birth. But I didn't do anything more than a strange low moan/moo-ing sound. It was completely involuntary. The first time it happened (right after the doc broke my water at 5cm) I remember thinking 'wtf is that noise, it sounds like a cow' and then realised it was me! lol. The only time I yelled or screamed was when the doctor had his hand on the baby's head (during a contraction, while pushing) as he was trying to ascertain why my second stage was taking so long. Otherwise, I was really very quiet (unusual for me lol).