Did you have natural child birth or c section?

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User - posted on 05/22/2009

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I am a V-Back mom. First child was c-section next two were vaginal births. My preference - vaginal birth. C-section takes too long to recover and on down the road the incision causes your belly to hang.

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Kristi - posted on 07/02/2011

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My son was an emergency c-section and my daughter a scheduled c-section. There was a big difference in terms of recovery (for me) between the two. With my son I was in a lot of pain during my recovery and had a very difficult time dpoing pretty much everything. My recovery with second c-section was sooo much better.

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I've done practically everything. My first one was supposed to be ALL NATURAL. I did everything right, all the breathing and blah blah blah- well after 18 hours of back labor I said, "Either shoot me or give me some drugs". I still had to have my water broken, forceps and a 4th degree cut. Second was vaginal w/ epidural went perfectly. Third was induced w/epidural, 4th was footling breach and I didn't have enough amniotic fluid to try to turn him so I had a C-section. If all my deliveries had been like my second one, I'd say vaginal was easier but I'd have 20 more c-sections before I'd volunteer to go through my first delivery again!

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I confused by the question. I have always thought that "natural" means no drugs- you know the old fashioned way. I think the question should be "Did you ave a vaginal birth or a c-section?" Because as you read this, there are many women who have had vaginal births but not natural births.... just a thought.

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I confused by the question. I have always thought that "natural" means no drugs- you know the old fashioned way. I think the question should be "Did you ave a vaginal birth or a c-section?" Because as you read this, there are many women who have had vaginal births but not natural births.... just a thought.

Sam - posted on 06/15/2009

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gd on u i had 3 natual the biggest 8lb 12 the 1st pregnany was bad n i got thou it no pain killers n the 2nd went in speical care but my biggest was fine wod do it again if i was younger

Gwen - posted on 05/31/2009

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I had a vaginal birth with both of mine. My second one was natural no pain meds got to the hospitol at 3:36am he was born in exactly 20 mins at 3:56am If I had to do it again thats what I would do

Becky - posted on 05/31/2009

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I had a c section and I have nothing to complain about as to concearns my c section. It was a good experience for me. I was in labor for almost 15 hours my water had broke but i had not dialated even 1 cm. I had a small pin hole in which my water had come out of aside from that NOTHING and i was having contractions every min for 30 -50 seconds.. sometimes longer with out any meds to help it along. Once they gave me pitosin they were Longer and harder however i had an epidural right before they started that..while on the pitosin my sons heart rate dropped so low that they were all very scared and scurring around. after that the dr came in and gave me my options stay on the Path i was on with out any pitosin to see what would happen or go for c section but i only had 9 more hours before my water had been broken for 24 hours and they would have to do something anyway. we went for the c section and later my dr told me I would have never deleived him natuaraul as there was no way out for him and he has no clue how i even got pregnant as there is ONLY a pin hole.

Emi - posted on 05/31/2009

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i think there are few things that decide wherever c-sec or v-birth.i had 3 birth and 2 c-section. first one was so called natural but it wasnt so. it was enduced few times, and then he gat stuck in my bones, and thankfully survived. the, at my 3d delivery the doctors found out that I am quite small at my pelvick bones, and will never open enough for natural delivery. so we set for the sec c-section. well, personally I would chose natural, but if I can not have that then have to be thankful that there is a help to take the baby out.also, my mom and sister had quite easy delivery, not even a tear, but not me.again, they had small children and themself are not small as me when my boys were 4 kg each more or less and pretty small body.

Kristy - posted on 05/31/2009

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I had a natural birth with the help of the vacuum on the babies head as he was too big for me and ended up with a third degree tear-ripped from vagina to anus, which took 6 months to heal and also an infection that required day surgery. Second baby I had was by elective caeser and it was a breeze, even the healing part. I was fine after the initial 6 week healing time. Don't let anyone make you feel bad because you decide on a caeser, some people tried to make me back out of the caeser, but hey didn't experience a third degree tear and the risk of living with a prolapse bowel, which was a high risk for me. I was vacuuming my house 4 days after a the op, and glad I went through with it. It's your choice and you have to live with it not them. My best friend saw my first birth and she said to me it was really bad, and it put her off having a vaginal birth after she saw me go through so much pain. My good friend had a vaginal birth 6 weeks ago and the baby was stillborn because the placenta erupted during labour and if she had a caeser it would be alive today. Labour is not just a walk in the park it can have serious complications.

Emma - posted on 05/31/2009

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i had 5 normal deliveries and an emergency c section with my last but each one was different

Emma - posted on 05/31/2009

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i had 5 normal deliveries and an emergency c section with my last but each one was different

Natalie - posted on 05/31/2009

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Both my babies were natural births. with the first I had an epidural and felt little pain and was in labour for 13 hours all up...My 2nd time I had no pain relief except gas but that did nothing for me so I just dealt with the pain and as much as it hurt once my baby was born the pain was gone in an instant. I would do it again naturally if I have a 3rd child

Rebekah - posted on 05/30/2009

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I have had 4 cesarians. The first one was not planned, My pelvic is turned inward, which we didn't find out until later. Our babies are on the big side. I went through full labor with the first, dilated to ten and pushed for about 3 hrs, before it was decided the baby wasn't going to come. The other 3 were planned cesarians. I really didn't mind the recovery, but I don't have anything to compare it to. I was very thankful not to have to go through labor just to have the same result. Cesarians were fine for me.

Alicia - posted on 05/30/2009

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I had c-sections first one was inlabor for 17 hours, Then the second was a planned c-section

Carina - posted on 05/30/2009

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I forgot to say my kids weights... first one was just over 8 pounds (natural), second was 5 lb. 12 oz. (c-section), third was 6 lb. 2 oz. (natural), and last one was 7 lb. 3 oz (c-section).

Carina - posted on 05/30/2009

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I have not been able to read all of the posts... but I will share my story anyway.



I am a big believer in going natural if you can, there are no complications, and if you can find a doctor that is willing to let your body do what it needs to do to have a child. It is a much better recovery and more enlightening.



My first child had to be induced because my water broke and I was not having contractions. I had some pain medication in an IV but nothing else. I did have to have an episiotomy though. She was an eight pounder.



My second child was planned for induction because her heart rate was erratic. Then during contractions her heart rate would go real low and would not recover in between contractions. She was born by emergency c-section. I had a spinal and spinal headaches afterwards. I did not recover from the headaches until they finally beleived me (I have a history of sinus problems) and they did a spinal block. I did not get to see this child until she was two days old. She went straight to NICU because she was born blue. They had to revive her when they took her out. She has speech apraxia and motor skills are delayed.



My third child was a V-BAC. I went in with contractions very close together and my water broke while I was in the observing room. No drugs at all. She was out in about two hours. My quickest birth ever. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her. I did have to be put under for a D&C because my the placenta was not coming out. It was still attached to my scar tissue from the previous child's c-section. But this was the best delivery I had.



My water broke naturally with the fourth child (as it did with the third). I was having contractions, but not anything major and they were not close together. My son was breech. They could not get him to move even after staying in the hospital overnight. He was only about a week early. Think my water broke because I had had a stomach virus and was visiting the toilet quite often. He was born by c-section and my tubes were tied. I had an epidural and had a fairly good recovery. I was able to see him soon after did not have the shakes afterwards like i did with the first c-section. He has health problems. Recently was hospitalized for the flu, has asthma, and had thought he had craniocynostosis (where the plates in their head fuse to early), but we think he will be fine.



I am in belief that my helathy kids ar ethe ones born naturally and my sick kids are the ones that were born c-section. I also breastfed the first two for at least four weeks, the third one was breastfed for nine months, and the last one was not breastfed at all... so that could play some part in the stuff as well.



Personally I would go for natural delivery if at all possible. C-sectio ncreate so much more distress on yourself and you do not get to enjoy the baby as much for those first weeks of recovery. I know some people heal a lot better than others though and I don't think bad on people if they choose to go c-sectio ninstead of trying for natural. I think it all depends on the individuals health and their own beliefs. What I do not like is how many doctors push for scheduled birth and inductions. It is so much better for your body if it can go through the natural process by itself.

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I've had 2 c-sections, and they are not that bad. As long as you ensure that your pain is well controlled by staying on top of your medication schedule, and you are getting up and walking around (even though it may be uncomfortable) things are fine.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/30/2009

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i had all four of my children with a midwife, two at home and two in her birthing center, it was awesome , i loved every minute of it . just wish i could have more~

Kerrie - posted on 05/30/2009

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I had 3 natural short births, then had to have a c-section with my little girl. She was breach, transverse and it turned out i have a heart shape uterus and her head was stuck. so, if we were to have anymore (which we are not) all births would have to be c sections. i prefer the natural births, recovery was quicker for me.

Caitlyn - posted on 05/30/2009

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I had a natural birth. I didn't have any type of pain medication so I got to experience EVERY part of labor. My labor was only 3.5 hours long with 34 minutes of pushing. I had a doula with me and I highly recommend one to any woman who is wanting a natural birth. She helped me through my contractions and had many techniques that helped me manage the pain and made labor bearable.

Nicole - posted on 05/30/2009

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Hi There, I'm a mom of three healthy kids.. I had a three of my kids natural and wouldn't have it any other way, They all were very big babies too, my first was 9lbs 10oz, my second was 9lbs 5 oz, and my last our son was 10lbs 10oz, I'm not going to lie to you it hurt like heck, But it was worth every second of it... If it wasn't for the fact we had three already and I had my tubes tied I would do it natural all over again, I know woman who have C-sections and that's fine too. But I just didn't want to be all dopped up and groggy when I met my baby for the first time,The whole birthing proccess is like nothing you have ever experienced before it's such a blessing and brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.I hope what ever you choose you and your baby have a wonderfull life together, it goes by fast mine are now 10,6 and 1..:D

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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I had a natural birth with an epidural with my first. Then tried and tried to have my second one naturally with an epidural again, but was stuck at 5cm for almost 7hrs after my water was broken...so it turned out a c-section cause my son just wouldn't come out.

Amie - posted on 05/30/2009

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i had a c-section my son ryker was breech,i was supposed to go have a scheduled c-section on june 15th by he decided he did not like that day so when i woke up on tuesday morning the 14th my water broke. so off to the hospital i went,now i have a little flag baby well really not a baby no more he will be turning 4

Jami - posted on 05/30/2009

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My first daughter was delivered via emergency C-section. I had gone to the hospital because she wasn't moving and they had her out in about 45 minutes. My husband didn't even make it in time...I was by myself, but the nurse held my hand. My Dr. tried to break my water and couldn't. (it was only 3 days before my due date) Even though she had a good heartbeat it would not change when stimulated which is why they did the C-sect. My 2nd child, a boy, I had planned on having a VBAC, but I never went into labor..........so C-section again. My last child, a girl, was delivered by emergency C-sect. at 36 weeks. It was the same circumstances as my first daughter. She wasn't moving so I went to see if she was okay....the whole way to the hospital I was thinking.."I am just being paranoid, this could not be happening again" I was wrong. This time my husband made it into the OR right before they took her out. (4 lbs. 8 oz.)


My C-section recoveries were not that bad, they were all very different though. My 2nd was the easiest (maybe because it wasn't an emergency). I just want to tell all the pregnant women out there to always listen to what you body is telling you....if I had not listened then I may not have my 2 daughters. And don't worry about what people may think....go to the hospital, get checked out, if you are okay, then great...........if not, then at least you are at the right place to get help!

Rebecca - posted on 05/30/2009

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i had it natural. 24 hours labour and only gas and air. it was like murder. no complications luckily but just traumatised emotionally.... finally over the trauma now and thinking of the possibility of going through that hell again (no-one can really tell me you forget right??)

Janelle - posted on 05/29/2009

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I had natural birth with both of my kids. My daughter was induced, and I slept through all but 3 hours of labor. She was born 4 days before her due date on a Friday. My son was in a hurry, and after a 100 mile per hour trip to the hospital, and nine minutes of being in the hospital was born 4 days before his due date and also on a Friday the 13 no less. Both are happy and healthy.

User - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

are we talking about natural to mean a vaginal birth or natural as in without any pain medication?



Well, that is the thing. For me...natural means vaginal but for some natural means out in a field of daisies with nothing but nature around you.



 



I think here - with the board being somewhat mainstream - natural means vaginal (even with epidural and pitocin augmentation).

Crystal - posted on 05/29/2009

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are we talking about natural to mean a vaginal birth or natural as in without any pain medication?

Kristina - posted on 05/29/2009

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I was in hard labor for almost 9 hours..I had an emergency c section..had 3 epiderals..finally the last one worked..I felt everything till then...I was trying to have her natural..the doc left the room came back less than a minute later ..she was stressed..when my husband finally got in the room all he saw was the doctor on the table above me trying to pull her out..I did feel him try to pull but barely..I didn't feel anything..I didn't even know he already started..she was coming out at an angle and was face up..I don't remember being in a lot of pain..I was just waiting for her to come up to my room before they took her to the other hospital..she was in the transporter ready to take her when I first got to see her

Ellen - posted on 05/29/2009

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I have had 4 vaginal births,3 of which were "natural" no ansethstics. Although I won't have anymore, it's the only way to go!! Look into the Bradley method of childbirth & find an instuctor in your area. This method can't be beat for real pain management techniques and involving your spouse/ coach in the birth experience. I highly recommend it!!

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With my son I had a vaginal delivery Epidural did not work felt everything including the repair work. No Fun!! With my twin daughters Baby A was a Vaginal deliver the epidural worked this time. Once baby A was out baby B decided to turn around, after a few minutes of trying to turn her we decided for the safety of Baby B to do a C-sec. The recovery was not that bad!! I had a 20 month old at home and had to go back and forth to the NICU for 8wks. I was very lucky to have my mother with me and help from my husband. I always tried to do what was in the best interest of my newborn.

Shelly - posted on 05/29/2009

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Both of my girls were born naturally. My first, 10 yrs ago, i was in labor for about 4 hours - pusing for about 45 mins. My second, 4 yrs ago, in labor for 2 1/2 hours -- pushing about 5 times. I would not have it any other way.

Shelly - posted on 05/29/2009

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Both of my girls were born naturally. My first, 10 yrs ago, i was in labor for about 4 hours - pusing for about 45 mins. My second, 4 yrs ago, in labor for 2 1/2 hours -- pushing about 5 times. I would not have it any other way.

Shelly - posted on 05/29/2009

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Both of my girls were born naturally. My first, 10 yrs ago, i was in labor for about 4 hours - pusing for about 45 mins. My second, 4 yrs ago, in labor for 2 1/2 hours -- pushing about 5 times. I would not have it any other way.

Eve - posted on 05/29/2009

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My first child was a csection, I wasn't as concerend as everyone else seems to be about it, I thought, and still believe that this was best for my baby who turned breach at 35 weeks. I would rather have him make it through and me be uncomfortable for a few weeks, then to have lost him. My second was a vbac, so they induced to watch me, the third, came so quickly he was totally natural, no drugs, and the fourth, I had it down pat, when I got to the hospital at 6 cm I said do not break my water until I get the epidural, they listened, and had her a couple hours later vaginally. By far the best recovery of them all was #3 with totally no drugs, totally natural, I came home from the hospital ready to do everything I was use to doing, which was good, since I kind of had to.

Sheilah - posted on 05/29/2009

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I had a natural birth with baby number 1 and an emergency c-section with number 2

Kim - posted on 05/29/2009

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With my first I had him naturally. Well if you can being induced because my water broke as natural. My 2nd I had to have a c-sec because I had placenta previa. It was a horrible experience all around! The spinal wore off as they stitched me up, I couldn't pass gas so I couldn't eat, I was so weak I couldn't walk around to help pass the gas. It was a horrible cycle. In my area they don't let you have a VBAC so with my 3rd she was a c-sec too. It went a lot better. But if I had the choice I would go with a natural because you only have a little while of pain and the recovery is so much quicker and easier.

Tasha - posted on 05/29/2009

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I gave birth to my 9lb, 6oz daughter all natural also. Being my first, I was scared about the pain I would probally endure, but in the end, I relized it really wasnt that bad!! I had an amazing doctor coaching me throughout the delivery, and my husband was by my side. The most painful part of the entire ordeal was being in labor for 48 hours before hand!! ;) I plan on doing it the same way with our second baby,(god willing!!) I have also thought about water birth too. It was an amazing experience for me, and I wouldnt have wanted to miss any of it...... even the pain!! :)

Susan - posted on 05/29/2009

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I had to have a c-section. My daughter was breech and her single umbilical artery made her cord too weak to attempt a vaginal birth. She was born 3 days overdue. I hated the c-section and I'll do everything possible to avoid it next time!

User - posted on 05/29/2009

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That's exactly why I didn't want another C/s. I was dead set on that VBAC...come hell or high water. It is sad to see how many c/s happen for no apparent reason at all, just for the convenience of the doctor.

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Both! My son was 10lbs 3oz, and I had him vaginally, and my daughter was 8lbs 7oz and I had to have a c-section for her (my labor stalled at 4cm). I have to say, I would rather go through the vaginal delivery of a 10-pound baby over and over again than have another c-section! Ugh. The recovery is horrible!

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my placenta was over aged so I was induced. After 16 hours of labor and only dilated to 3 I gave in and got an epidural. 30 minutes later I was rushed in for an emergency c-section. I was in the hospital for four days, and it took me two months to be able to do anything normal, like vacuum the house.

Alicia - posted on 05/29/2009

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naturl birth and took the epidural. i was in labor about 5 hours and this is my first pregnancy.

Amy - posted on 05/29/2009

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I had to have an emergency c-section. I was induced the day before my due date because I had terrible PUPS and was scratching my skin off. 27 hours after my induction started, I had a 103 temperature and baby's heart rate got up over 200, so they rushed my into the OR, and was put to sleep after he was taken out. I got to see him for about 5 seconds before I was put to sleep, and then not again till 5 or 6 hours later. I'm glad we were both ok, but I feel like I missed out on the birth experience. I am definitely going to try for VBAC with the next one.

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