Any other Natural BIrth mamas?

Kate - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I'm pregnant with baby #4, and planning on a home birth. With #3, I had a birth center birth, and it was wonderful and healing after my first two difficult hospital births.

Is anyone else planning a natural birth, either at home, at a birth center, or even in a hospital?
Is anyone seeing a midwife?

I look forward to getting to know you!

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Shiralee - posted on 09/08/2010

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Im pregnant with baby #2 and due the 1st November. I had a midwife with my daughter and planned natural birth. I was lucky and was in labour only 6 and a 1/2 hours. I spent most of my labour in a hot shower which eased the back pain. I am planning another natural at the hospital.

Jennifer - posted on 09/05/2010

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i am seeing a midwife im having my daughter at a birth center thats connected to a hospital just incase anything gose wrong...im planning on having a water birth it suppose to ease the contractions natually.....soooo not having a 12 inch needle in my spine lol

Tawanda - posted on 08/14/2010

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I really don't know what I'm doing with LO#3 yet, lol. I want a home birth but afaik in TX, you're on your own if you want a home birth. I can't give birth in a birthing center either apparently since I had an "emergency" c-section with DD#2 (I put it in quotes because I've talked with ladies who've had footling breech babies delivered naturally) and there are no local doctors who will attend a VBAC anymore it seems. I called everyone that was recommended and they all declined. Absolutely don't want a c-section again BUT I know hubby's against a homebirth -attended or not.

Stephanie - posted on 08/02/2010

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With my daughter I had a natural birth, no drugs or anything at all, in a hospital...it all only lasted 4 hours! There was certainly no time for an epidural even if I had wanted it! Didn't need it though. I am a bit nervous that this little guy might not decide to come out so quickly! Guess we'll see what happens!

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010

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I am planning a natural birth at the hospital... I am on baby #2... With my first child I had an emergancy c-section and didn't even get the chance to decide what I wanted to do when it came to labor... With this baby I really wanted to try it naturally and asked my dr. several times if that was possible... After he got my records about my c-section he said that I am a perfect candidate for VBAC... So I will be starting birthing classes in October with my mom as my coach and I am very excited... I know it won't be easy but what good things in life really are...

Michelle - posted on 07/30/2010

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I have done 2 natural births in the hospital, one of which was induced labor and the pain was indescribable, this is #3 and it will also be a natural birth.

Christina - posted on 07/26/2010

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I've watched Rikki Lake's documentary "The Business of Being Born" twice now and I am very interested in having my first baby naturally. My husband and his mother think I am crazy but that almost makes me even more determined to do it! I know I have no idea what I am getting into but this will one of the most important events of my life and I really want it to be the best it can possibly be.

Nicolette - posted on 07/25/2010

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I went to midwives with my DD born June 2009, but she came 7 weeks early and I couldn't have my water birth :( I did go all natural, but since labor only lasted 4 hours and she weighe 4lb 13oz I think I had it pretty easy. This time I would love to do a water birth, but it looks like it's not meant to be. I'm already having pre-term labor issues again and had to switch to a high-risk doc. Looks like another hospital birth for me :(

Alison - posted on 05/18/2010

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Mel there is an indemnity in place for the new birth choices. Home birth will be an option if your Dr ok's it still. But if you are due this year you can still have a home birth

Erin - posted on 05/18/2010

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This is my 4th pregnancy and child and I've been fortunate enough to do a no drugs no interentions labors with all my others at a nearby hospital(due to my blood pressures I can't do at home). I've had a great doctor who was very open to me doing what ever I wanted which was great. He also doesn't give me a hard time since we don't vaccinate our children.

Mel - posted on 05/13/2010

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Home birthing is not an option in Australia (where I am) anymore, as far as I'm aware. I'm not 100% sure of the dates, but the insurance companies here stopped offering indemnity insurance to independent midwives in the early 2000's as there were not enough of a market for it. The government was covering the indemnity insurance for those midwives up until the beginning of this year, but they did a big review a couple of years ago and decided that it wasn't viable for them to keep funding the insurance as only something like 2% of women here want to home birth, thus their conclusion was that there is no real need for it. Until independently practicing midwives are able to find someone who is prepared to insure them, home birthing is not an option here unless you are prepared to go it totally alone. It sucks because I know that most people who go for a home birth have had a really traumatic experience in the hospital system and go the home birth option to avoid a repeat.

As much as I wanted a birth with no interventions and no drugs with my first, I had to be induced because of my high blood pressure at 38 weeks. I ended up having an epidural (my choice) and gave birth vaginally. While it's not the way I imagined that things would be, I was happy with the outcome and had a very healthy little boy. I think that's the important thing to take away from the experience.

This time around, I'm happy to go with the flow and see what happens. It would be great if I don't have blood pressure problems and am able to go into labour naturally, but if I have to be induced again, I'll go into it with a lot less trepidation than before.

Anna-Marie - posted on 05/11/2010

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I also had a hypnobirth with my son. We had a 3hr40minute labour. I spent most of my time in the pool and it was fabulous. No intervention of any kind (drugs etc.) Would highly recommend self hypnosis for pain management. At first, when I told my midwife (who has had 7 children) that I would be birthing at a unit that didn't even administer epidurals she looked at me as if to say "you are a first time mum .. you have nooooo idea" lol but I was adamant and spent my pregnancy preparing to meet my baby =) It was the best experience of my life! I also took 5W tablets from 35 weeks and had acupuncture for my swelling and to help ripen my cervix. I also have a tilted cervix but the acupuncture helped to turn my little dude around for me. I am so excited for this next pregnancy/birth! =)

Alison - posted on 04/22/2010

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This is also my 4th and other than my emergency c-section with my 2nd child I have had natural births at hospital (no interventions).

I like to be up and active during labor. Fully in control of my body and feeling everything so I know what's going on. The thought of being numb from the waist down freaks me out terribly and laying on my back just feels totally unnatural.

I really don't care if the midwife doesn't have a good view when I am pushing, it's all about me and what makes me comfortable.
Good luck everyone with your own personal birth plans. Just remember whatever you choose is YOUR choice and don't let anyone make you feel bad. It's all birth in the end ;-)

Tamara - posted on 03/30/2010

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I did hypno birthing with my 2nd and it was perfect! Four hours of labor, no drugs, no tearing, I was ready to go home like 6 hours after I had him. I didn't it was a hospital and they wont let you, but it was great. I've thought about a birthing center, but I started bleeding without a known reason with my first so I feel more comfortable that if the what if happened I'd be where they could do something about it.

I am going to do hypno birthing again.

I loved having a mid wife, I am going to a doctor now becasue I'm high risk.

Laura - posted on 03/29/2010

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I would personally love to do a water birth! I was unable to even use the bath tub during my last delivery due to complications. I also had horrible back labor also, I had planned for the epidural since I knew I always felt my menstral cramps in my back really bad. Also had mega back pain when I misscarried. I unfortunately will not even have the option of attemping a vaginal birth...repeat c-section for me!

Kate - posted on 03/29/2010

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All of mine have been horrible back labor, too. I guess I have a tipped uterus which makes all of my babies end up being posterior. But even with that, I'm thrilled to be going with a midwife again and using the water for pain relief.

I'm glad you like the hospital you were at, and I hope you find another one that's just as good!

Veronica - posted on 03/29/2010

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My first was in a hospital with an epidural. I had hoped I would be able to do it naturally, but I had really bad back labor so that I never even felt the actual contractions over it. Needless to say, I asked for the drugs!! :) The hospital I was at was amazing though and totally respected everything I wanted! This time will be at a different hospital, so we'll see how it goes. I guess once we get to KS and I find a Dr. I'll start looking into things and see what I decide!

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