Hannah - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
I want to know about your drug-free/natural birth experiences.
I have had one child and I was planning to receive an epidural since the moment I found out I was pregnant (not familiar with my pain tolerance). When the time came my water broke and contractions were 3-4 minutes apart. By the time I had my epidural I was at 7 cm. The epidural didn’t take, so I still felt a majority of the contractions. Then at 10 cm, I had to be taken in for a c-section because baby was butt down. The recovery from the c-section was a breeze for me and the breastfeeding pain was actually worse.
I’m thinking now for my next baby that I could possibly handle the natural birth (assuming baby is in the right position). If I made it to 10 cm with a defective epidural… and through a c-section without flinching, could I make it through a natural birth?
I’ve heard the hardest part of natural birth is the contractions and many women say c-sections are far worse…. What are your thoughts? I’m looking for some experienced women’s perspectives to make a decision for my next child!