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Laurie - posted on 04/13/2009
I delivered 2 healthy Girls both vaginally and one drug free. After 21 hours of labour (11 hrs hard) with my first I begged for drugs. Got a shot of something? Lol. My hubby says it was morphine. Would not recommend it to anyone. I barely remember anything after the shot and it didn't do anything for the pain! Just made me stupid and helped me rest between contractions. I can't even remember seeing or holding my Daughter the 1st time. Broke my heart. :( So I decided to do it drug free the second time so that I would remember seeing my baby for the first time. It was long and hard but so worth it! I remember everything and was home cooking supper and doing laundry in less than 24hrs. Drug free is the way for me!
Jessica - posted on 04/13/2009
I had my daughter vaginally but I used the drugs. As I stated in another post that my contractions were a minute long every minute with no breaks for a min. 5 hours and I wasn't dialating. My body was so tense that I was convulsing and wouldn't breathe. The nurses called the doctor and begged her to give me an ep. Once I got it I became relaxed and my body was to progress has it should. Within a half hour I went to 10cm and my daughter was right there. I needed the pain medication. For those that can do it without, I tip my hat to you. =0)
Missy - posted on 04/13/2009
I agree that the contractions with the Pitocin were very very intense! I was very unprepared for what I experienced with my first baby and that is part of the reason I chose to have a different experience with my second. I also was able to still feel much of the pain, even with the epdirual, but it caused my baby's heart rate to decrease and so I ended up with a vaccum extraction. I felt like I had many of the negative side effects of the epidural with none of the positive. My second birth was much different - I had a doula join us for the birth (which was wonderful and i recommend to everyone!). I had a lot of trouble dealing with many of the things that happened during my first birth but the birth of my second baby helped me to deal with those things because I realized that both births (while totally different) effectively brought my boys into this world.
Elizabeth - posted on 04/13/2009
I've had one completely natural and one induced w/ epidural, and I'd have to say that when all's said and done I preferred the natural birth. My first daughter was in quite a hurry, the entire labor from my water breaking (which was when I realized I was in labor) to delivery was 2 hours, I'd wanted an epidural but by the time we got to the hospital it was too late for any drugs, and I'm glad now that I didn't get any drugs. I really liked that I could feel what my body was doing, and that made a big difference to me. Like another reply said, the contractions were rough, but I was able to breathe through them, and by the time it was time to push I found that so much easier than the contractions, and also didn't experience the "ring of fire". I did tear with that one, doctor said because the labor was so fast, and honestly I had a longer recovery from the episiotomy (sp?) than the birth.
My second was induced, I had pitocin and stadol for the first 6 hours or so (they wouldn't give the epidural until I was 4cm) and that was AWFUL. The contractions with the pitocin were excruciating and the only thing the stadol did was make me sleepy but I was still in agony just couldn't communicate about it. The epidural was nice once it took effect, though. From what I've heard epidurals are either wonderful, or can really screw you up, so honestly I'd rather pass than risk ending up with one that goes wrong. Also, my epidural injection site was still sore to the touch 4 months later, plus I've had recurring lower backaches ever since when I'd never had back trouble before. I'm more worried about recovering from the epidural than the birth.
It's totally up to you which way you want to go, but honestly all things considered, I think the benefits of a natural birth outweigh any drawbacks (provided there are no complications of course). Good luck with your decision!
Missy - posted on 04/13/2009
I have had two babies. My first was a vaginal birth but not a natural birth. I had pitocin and an epidural. My second birth was a natural birth. I had no pain medication, no IV, and very little interventions. Both methods had pros and cons and both births were hard work, painful, and wonderful. I do not know which way I will go when I have my third - although pushing was SO much easier with the natural birth. And i do believe that natural birth means little or no interventions/drugs.
Dawn - posted on 04/13/2009
Hi Sarah....three vaginal deliveries, three epidurals. I did have one slip and become completely non-effective (baby #3). That was a VERY long hour and a half before the anas. came back and redid it. If someone wants to do it without drugs more power to them...just DON'T ask me to do it! I've heard lots of people complain about recovery with the epidurals...I think they don't affect me as much as I can still feel much of the labor and pain (it just takes the edge off) and I can usually walk to the bathroom by myself within an hour or so....so I think everyone is dift. on that part.
Mel - posted on 04/13/2009
i did it natural because it was too late for an epidural and im not so sure i would have wanted one now anyway because ive heard you tear more because u can feel what your doing. but i also had a 6 pound 4.5 ounces baby so a little below average but took 3 months healing time had to take stuff to reduce swelling and had 3 courses of anti biotics which didnt work. healing for me was harder then giving birth but not many would say that
Margi - posted on 04/13/2009
i have had 2 children, the first was an elective ceasarean because my boy was breech position. My 2nd boy was a natural delivery with no drugs. Wow what an experiance, it hurt a lot in my back, and my tailbone because he wasnt facing the right way, but after getting through the contractions i found pushing didnt hurt at all. just an intense urge to push, and i didnt get the "burning ring of fire" either, which i was suprised at and kept expecting to feel so i pushed him out to hard and had to get some stitches, (they wouldnt tell me how many, but the gas was great while i got stitched up). I found the recovery so much better with the vaginal birth. Hope this helps
Jodie - posted on 04/13/2009
Hi Sarah I delivered naturally but opted for an epidural after 6 hours of continuous back pain... no one knew I was having an 11lbs 4 oz baby that was in the spine to spine position lots of fun lol :). With my second child I had a c section as she was large also. I would recomend a natural delivery any day... the recovery is much faster and if you can do it drug free that you have an even quicker recovery as the epidural puts you out of action for a few hours.
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