Did you have natural child birth or c section?

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Amber - posted on 05/28/2009

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I Had a natural birth. I had pethidine when I was 3cms, but it did nothing but make me warm and fuzzy! And had woren off in 30minutes. I had a fast labour, it started a 1am and I had him at 5:14am!.

Suzanah Yusope - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a c-section as my baby was in breech position but I get to enjoy my newborn just as much:) I actually thought the op was gonna be bad but upon reflection, it was ok.

I don't think those who plan for c-sections are nuts. It all depends on the person's history, background and so forth. I know of people who actually opt for it.Yes, I do agree that natural child birth would be a better option but let's not discard or label those who chose otherwise "nuts".

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a natural drug-free birth with my son. I labored at home for the first 4 hours but once I got into 'active' labor we went to the hospital. The toughest part for me was the labor pains when I was around 3-4 cm dilated (after approx. 5 hrs. of labor). I became extremely frustrated with my 'lack of progress' and started requesting meds. Fortunately I had a strong partner and a birthing plan of not using any drugs. It helped when I was able to get into the tub. Water was extremely helpful during labor. My labor definitely got more tolerable and my son was born less than 3 hrs. later. The pushing was relatively easy compared to the labor (pushed for about 20 minutes max). I am now 22 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and am planning another natural drug-free delivery! I highly recommend natural!

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I was full term with no sign of labor..so I was induced. The induction worked perfectly but when I started pushing, my baby would not descend because he was too large to fit through my pelvis so after pushing for 3 1/2 hours I was rushed in for a c-section. I was scared to death but it really wasn't bad at all. I recovered fully in 5 weeks and had no problems from it. I am due to have another baby in about 4 months and I have to have another c-section, and I am actually ok with it. So it's not that bad for every woman.

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had 2 c-sections. The first was not planned. The second was. Worked best for me.

Rebecca - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a c section due to failure of baby progressing. I went through 36hour labour and only dilated to 6cm! My son was 9lb 10oz and his shoulders got stuck in my pelvis so he was never going to be born naturally. I hope to have a vaginal birth next time if the baby is smaller. C-section was great though and my recovery was quick.

Halie - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a natural birth both times

Wouldnt do it any other way

They let me leave the hospital 7 hours after my second one cause i had hime naturally and everything went great

Halie - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a natural birth both times

Wouldnt do it any other way

They let me leave the hospital 7 hours after my second one cause i had hime naturally and everything went great

Rochelle - posted on 05/28/2009

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my 1st pregnancy was eptopic! which made it much harder to get pregnant again, after 3 miscarriges..i got pregnant w my son! I had mplications thru out the pregnancy, needless to say he was born a month early at 4lbs 11 oz by emergancy c-section bc his heart rate kept dropping. I wuldnt recommend it...bc the pain after is that painful

Kay - posted on 05/28/2009

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My first was natural and no drugs, the last two were by c-section. Would choose natural anyday or c-section.

Stacey - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had an emergency c-section n it wasnt bad. Even after a failed spinal anestetic I finally got relief after they pulled out the baby. I ended up getting menigitys becuase they used the same needle three times for the anestetic. Menignitis is an infection that goes into the brain. The surgey wasnt bad but i would NEVER recomend it. I almost died to a doctors careless actions n now 16 months later I still suffere from complications. It may sound easy n to b honest it is but u could die from it. I also had to stop breast feeding my son bc of the dye from all the MRI'S n from the 3 weeks of antibiotics i got from a tube coming out of my chest. If u can avoid a c-section I can only say please do. My one week old son had to get a spinal tap to c if he got menigitis. It is very deadly. Doctors say it's a miracle I'm alive at how bad I was. My next child will be a vaginal birth without ne kind of epidural. Also...the doctor sliced across my sons face while cutting me. A week before a lil girl lost his eye by my OB-GYN. Babies are meant to be born vaginally. It hurts but your life and your childs life is worth the pain...trust me!

Betsy - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had 2 natural births, 1 vaginal with epidural and 2 c sections. The first c-section was due to an abruption during labor. The second was going to be a v-bac, but it was twins, and one of the twins turned breech during labor. Having a v-bac within a yr of a c-section, with twins and one breech added too many risk factors for me. Next OBs figure will be a v-bac, where I have waited longer and they know I can deliver natural, as long as no specific complications arise during labor, as they did with my last two.



I definitely prefer vaginal births. I hate c-sections, but have been lucky to have had very easy recoveries with them...home 2 days later and feeling fine. I just don't really like them at all.

Renee - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had 4 c-setions each has their own special story. I tried natual first 2 times all 4 ended up emergencies. I had some pretty good pain killers that I don't remember a lot of pain after all 4 were and are still very healthy

LaCi - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a C-section. I thought it was incredibly easy actually, they had the baby out within 15 minutes. I was stapled backtogether by the time he was cleaned up and was able to breastfeed almost immediately. I had the option of inducing labor or c-section, but I felt like something was wrong. He wasn't dropping and I was showing no signs of going into labor any time soon. I kept saying the c-section was safer for him what if the cord was around his neck or he was too big ( as the doctor was concerned about his ginormous proportions), sure enough the cord was wrapped around his neck several times and the doc said it was a good call. As far as recovery, The incision felt weird, tingly and numb. But I was not in pain, I wasn't in any sort of discomfort and was up and about as soon as they let me out of that bed :) I have no regrets and honestly I wouldn't go natural if i had another. That cord around the neck will always linger in my mind.

Emily - posted on 05/28/2009

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My first one was emergency, my little boy's umbilical cord was only 8 inches long, they discovered later, and once my water broke he went into serious distress. The other two were just repeat sections. I didn't really have a bad time with any of them. Honestly, I was not too fond of the thoughts of having my crotch ripped to shreds, which I'm sure not all vaginal births do, but still in a weird way I think I was relieved. With all of them I was up the next day and showering and getting around and stuff, I didn't really think it was that bad.

Ally - posted on 05/28/2009

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i had a normal vaginal birth all three times it is a painful but wonderful experience.and i was over on all three.by two weeks.the worst is having to go two weeks over the allready 9 months hard work.but so enjoy the baby coming in to the world part.

Savannah - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had to have an emergency c sec with the first one. After a day of labor fetal distress set in. Where I live, if you have one they will not even let you try to have any others natural, so the second one was also c sec. The third, coming in october, will be also.

Sali - posted on 05/28/2009

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2 natural births. I was induced 10 days early as I had pre-eclampsia with both of them but that was as far as intervention went. I only used gas and air but then again nothing else would have had enough time to take effect anyway lol. First one was 2 hours, second was 45 mins! 12 hours after giving birth in hospital I was back home sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea and my eldest having a hug.

User - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had one c-section and one successful VBAC without pain meds but some pitocin. The VBAC was waaay easier than the c/s. I would NEVER EVER let anybody cut me open again to extract my child.

Amie - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son was born on January 26 2009. I gave birth naturally, but did opt to have an epidural because I had been in hard labour for 30 hours already without any dilation. Once I was admitted and given a mild epidural, it took 8 hours to fully dilate. 4 hours later Liam was born. I was glad the epidural wasn't strong - I could feel the contractions and knew when to push. I did have to have an episiotomy and also I tore quite badly. Once he was finally out I was so relieved and shaky. But then the doctor started stitching me up and that was the worst part. 22 stitches were needed and almost 3 months to heal properly. I have also had abdominal surgery when I was in grade school and I think it took less time to heal than my delivery!

Congrats to all the moms on your hard work....c-section or natural - giving birth is an amazing feat!

Angela - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had natural child birth with all of my kids...even my daughter who was breech...butt first not even feet first!

Nikki - posted on 05/28/2009

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Natural with both girls, no epidural. They gave me something called Nubain?? It wasn't a pain med, but it was supposed to help you relax between contractions. It did nothing for my first birth, the second one it just made me loopy, and I think it did help me relax because about 20 minutes later I was pushing. My first labor was 24 hours from the time my water broke to birth. The second labor was 9 1/2 hours from the first contraction to birth but only 2 1/2 hours from time I got admitted to the hospital. It was so fast I wasn't prepared for the pain to come so quickly and violently.

Anissa - posted on 05/28/2009

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natural birth. no epidural. no complications.blessed with a beautiful baby girl. :)

Andrea - posted on 05/28/2009

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My first was a c-section i was in labor for 28 hours befor i had the c-section

it got to stressful in the end for my son and i and i did not dialate enuf so it was

a emergency -c he was 9 pound 8 then 2 years on i had my daughter and she was natural birth and it was the best ! she was also 9 pound and i was in labor for 9 hours with her and had 5 stiches i prefer natural tho!

because i got a bad uterus infection 3 weeks after haveing my son i hato go back to hospital i was so sick! i could not get out of bed at the hospital for a week the nurses hato feed my son it made it hard to brest feed him after that ,but we got back on top of things with some help:)

Andrea - posted on 05/28/2009

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My first was a c-section i was in labor for 28 hours befor i had the c-section

it got to stressful in the end for my son and i and i did not dialate enuf so it was

a emergency -c he was 9 pound 8 then 2 years on i had my daughter and she was natural birth and it was the best ! she was also 9 pound and i was in labor for 9 hours with her and had 5 stiches i prefer natural tho!

because i got a bad uterus infection 3 weeks after haveing my son i hato go back to hospital i was so sick! i could not get out of bed at the hospital for a week the nurses hato feed my son it made it hard to brest feed him after that ,but we got back on top of things with some help:)

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2009

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does an epidural still constitute "natural"? if so then i had a natural birth. I was in labor for 27 1/2 hrs. i had a rough labor and was threatened with a c-section but didnt end up getting one.

Naimah - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi! I'm 46yrs now and i felt delighted to share my experience having 5 children. My first 3 children having natural birth and my last 2 with c section. By experiencing both natural birth and c section of course there're big differences. Natural birth of course you have to experience all the dilation stages and labor pain (which is natural) where as c section you are at different situation, like in my case during my pregnancy I was having diabetic type 2 when Dr start to warn me not to have normal labour and everything was under supervision and once I burst my water bag i was rushed to OT right-away ( I felt like there was no second thought) the first C section I was on General Anaestheatic and my second experienced of C section was on Local anaesthaetic. Well, having those experiences was really no jokes.

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I was induced a few days early b/c I had a decrease in fetal movement. I was in labor for 5 hours. I delivered without drugs. I wouldn't have changed anything having an all natural birth is amazing. Plus if you don't have any drugs you can get up faster to take a shower when it's all over.

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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Natural Child Birth, n its the best, if u dont have any problems (as the docs will know) just go for it. C section is disadvantaged in many ways...so don't opt for it if u can go natural

Leanne - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had a emergancy c-section at just 25weeks pregnant, thankfully my LO is doing great and is very forward in his development

Shelly - posted on 05/28/2009

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I have had one natural, one c-section, and one induced...Give me natural any day!!! Recovery is OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH SSSSSOOOOOO much faster and less complications..I don't know why some women choose to have c-sectons freely. Meaning there is no reason other than they don't want to go through the pain of child birth...Heres the rub on that one the pain of natural child birth is a whole lot less than having a c-section. Having a baby natural takes a day or two to recover with a c-section it takes up to 9 wks...No thank you I would go natural if I were to have any more babys

Kim - posted on 05/28/2009

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C section after 4 days of on and off labour and 20 hours of established labour. Waters broke naturally 2 days before due date, kept me in and induced me with gel 4 times then via drip and eventually realised that I was no further than 2cm dilated and this baby wasn't coming out so opted for c-sect! I wouldn't recommend the recover and tum never the same, but he was worth it!

Minnie - posted on 05/28/2009

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I think you mean 'vaginal' birth or c-section. There are plenty of vaginal births that are not natural.



I had a vaginal home waterbirth.

Susan - posted on 05/28/2009

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I have four children. The first three were natural with no meds. the recovery was quick and easy! I couldn't have made up a better birthing experience for any of them! With my fourth, I planned a delivery at a birthing center. It would have been perfect. Unfortunately, after my loingest labor, they started losing his heart beat and I ended up with and emergency c. I would never recommend choosing this unless you have to. It took me months to recover and now he's 15 mo. I am still numb around the incition. on the up side, I do have a beautiful, heathy boy!

Christine - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had 2 c-sections. I had the first one with my son b/c he was already 11 days late. I was on pitocin to get labor started, but nothing happened. After 17 hours of being on pitocin, they decided to do the c-section. For my second, my doctor felt that vaginal delivery was too risky, so had a scheduled c-section. I recovered really well with both surgeries.

Morgan - posted on 05/28/2009

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Everday that i was prago i prayed to the Lord that giving birth would be easy. I can not lie, I am chicken. I went to the hospital to be induces a day befor i was due because of the pain i was in from just caring my son. The Doc put me on pain meds when they started to induce at about 8pm. By 7 am i was up to 6 cm and had felt no pain :) so the Doc broke my water. He came back to check on me at 11am and there was no chances, still 6 cm and no pain. He discoverd that my sons head was stuck and there was no way that i would be able to push him out myself. I was scared about having the c-section but even more scared for my sons health ( he needed to come out and fast) The doc took me off of my pain meds and soon a lady came in to give me my epidural. During this time i felt 1 contraction and boy did it hurt! The Doc said if i have more children i will have to have a c-section because the way my hips are shaped but it is ok with me. The Doc gave me meds after and I was up walking around the next day and back to normal in about a week

Morgan - posted on 05/28/2009

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Everday that i was prago i prayed to the Lord that giving birth would be easy. I can not lie, I am chicken. I went to the hospital to be induces a day befor i was due because of the pain i was in from just caring my son. The Doc put me on pain meds when they started to induce at about 8pm. By 7 am i was up to 6 cm and had felt no pain :) so the Doc broke my water. He came back to check on me at 11am and there was no chances, still 6 cm and no pain. He discoverd that my sons head was stuck and there was no way that i would be able to push him out myself. I was scared about having the c-section but even more scared for my sons health ( he needed to come out and fast) The doc took me off of my pain meds and soon a lady came in to give me my epidural. During this time i felt 1 contraction and boy did it hurt! The Doc said if i have more children i will have to have a c-section because the way my hips are shaped but it is ok with me. The Doc gave me meds after and I was up walking around the next day and back to normal in about a week

Jessica - posted on 05/28/2009

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natural vaginal birth with hydrotherapy and then pethidine 1.5 hours before my son was born. It was an amazing 9 hours of labour and only 32 minutes of pushing, 2nd degree tear with 3 layers stitches but so, so worth it! Am hoping to have the same with my second pregnancy but drug free ...and maybe no tearing!

Jessica - posted on 05/28/2009

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natural vaginal birth with hydrotherapy and then pethidine 1.5 hours before my son was born. It was an amazing 9 hours of labour and only 32 minutes of pushing, 2nd degree tear with 3 layers stitches but so, so worth it! Am hoping to have the same with my second pregnancy but drug free ...and maybe no tearing!

Leanne - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had two induced (unfortunately) labors. Both were vaginal with epidural.



I think Drs are too quick these days to do c-sections. I'm in shock at how many women have had them.

Theresa - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had to have a c-section. I was induced twice and neither time took. I couldn't dilate past a 4 and was low on amniotic fluid.

Melissa - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had 3 vaginal births. If you can handle the labor pains then the delivery is nothing!!! The delivery isn't the part that hurts! It's all the labot pains. I didn't have the choice for drugs on my third baby. Given it all again I would do them all naturally! She came in 8 mins! By the time I got to the hospital.

Staci - posted on 05/27/2009

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i was in labor with my first for 30 hours and had to have an emergency c-section because my hips didn't open up enough, i hated it and wanted to do a vbac with my second but since i had recently moved to a rural area i couldn't(they also waited 7mos to tell me that). i hate c-sections with a passion not that i am not extrememly grateful that i had 2 healthy babies, i felt like a failure and still struggle with it everyday, i still have pain from them and its been over a year and i wasn't allowed to even see them for the first hour which is probably the worst part. they showed my oldest to everyone before me and when i was being taken to my recovery room my mom told me how beautiful he was, and it killed me cause i hadn't gotten to even see him yet and felt like it was unfair that i had been the one who carried him underneath my heart for nine months and couldn't even see him. it makes me not want another one b/c i don't know if i could handle another c-section, and i'm afraid they wouldn't give me that option of doing a vbac anymore.

Cassie - posted on 05/27/2009

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i had a c-section. i didnt think it was too bad. i was up walking around the 2nd day, the first day is horrible. however, i had about 2 weeks to recover because my son had to have heart surgery and didnt come home til he was 2 weeks old. so i had 2 weeks to recover unlike what most moms get.

Denise - posted on 05/27/2009

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Two vaginal and one emergency C-section. The first vaginal the epidural didn't work and they knicked my dura and all my spinal fluid leaked out causing horrible headaches and 3 extra days in the hospital until they fixed it. Second one went wonderfully and the third I had a prolapsed cord (cord before baby's head) and had to have an emergency C-section. I was scared to death to ever have a C-section and with good reason...the recovery was as horrible as I thought it would be. I also think people who plan C-sections are crazy!!!

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