natural labor...

AnneMarie - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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so im going to be induced in 7 days with my first child...i never took any birthing classes which im not regreting because i REALLY want to do a natural birth. the thought of a needle/cathedure going into my back really freaks me out and i dont want the baby to come out sluggish cause she is going to be a premie so i feel a natural birth would benefit her more too...

so does anyone have any advice on how to make it through without medication...??

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Erin - posted on 06/14/2009

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Pick a point in the room, focus, and BREATH, BREATH, BREATH. I was all for the epidural but my daughter came within 45 minutes of my water breaking so I didn't have a choice. There wasn't enough time. I'm glad it happened that way and honestly once the baby comes you won't remember the pain.

Rebekah - posted on 06/14/2009

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I feel the need to also add that when you are induced (as you say you will be) the contractions are not natural, and that may make it very difficult for you to achieve a natural labor and delivery. I'm not saying it can't be done, but be willing to accept pain help if you need it.

Mary - posted on 06/12/2009

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If your water broke 3 weeks ago, I hope you are in the hospital because that puts you at risk for infection, your baby should be delivered within 18 hours of the waters breaking. Anyways, the classes didn't do much for me. if you want to do it natural good for you! I was terrified of the epidural too but the contractions hurt so bad I didn't feel it and then I was in heaven. My son was very alert and not sluggish either, just in case you change your mind on it, don't be scared. If you can get through the natural birth you are very strong! Breathing helps, music helps and someone talking to you helps at times too! Good luck!

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Tasha - posted on 06/16/2009

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I had pain medications with my first child. The medication make me sick and I was so out of it I could hardly push. It was a terrible experience. So I decided to go natural with my last two.Breathing helps more than you know.It was very rythmic and calming. My body seemed to heal quicker than it did when I had taken medication. If you can get through it, I would advise not taking any meds but it all depends on how you feel and what your body is telling you. Remember, there is a window so you'll have to make your mind up quick! Good luck!

Kate CP - posted on 06/16/2009

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Quoting AnneMarie:

so as you can see little alicia marie decided to come on her own time! she was born on the 15th and is doing extremely well for being only 34 weeks. she came in weighing 6lbs.1oz!! all the doctors say shes doing great and shouldnt be in the nicu for more than a week.
thanks to everyone with the help..
i tried telling myself your advice while in labor... i managed to do it natural!!


Yay! Congrats, AnneMarie! And happy birthday to Alicia Marie! :D

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I was able to do it, but i wasn't induced, which I researched and it makes labor harder so if you can go without being induced, I would.I had an extremely supportive group of friends and my husband. Basically meditating helped a lot. Don't think about the pain and just breathe. It honestly got better when I had to push so look for that pinpoint of light. And just always remember, it seems like it is taking forever, but it isn't along period of time and you will have a little miracle when you are finished!!

AnneMarie - posted on 06/16/2009

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so as you can see little alicia marie decided to come on her own time! she was born on the 15th and is doing extremely well for being only 34 weeks. she came in weighing 6lbs.1oz!! all the doctors say shes doing great and shouldnt be in the nicu for more than a week.

thanks to everyone with the help..

i tried telling myself your advice while in labor... i managed to do it natural!!

AnneMarie - posted on 06/16/2009

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so as you can probably see little alicia marie has come into this world on her own time. she was born on the 15th and is doing extremely well for being only 34weeks. she came in weighing 6lbs 1oz!!

the doctors all say shes doing great and shouldnt be in the nicu for too long. thanks everyone for all your help!

oh and by the way...i did it natural!!

Stacey - posted on 06/15/2009

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I had an epidural with my first child and went natural for my second. With my first I was induced after my waters broke. I was in labour so long that I was getting weak and had to have an epidural. An epidural will not make your baby sluggish that's pethadine. They stop the epidual before your ready to push your bub out. For me it was a life saver. My second child was also induced, 10 days after my due date. My labour was much shorter and I was able to make it through the whole labour without any drugs. Just remeber to take long deep breaths. Don't be scared of an epidural if you can't take it anymore. You could be in labour a long time and you may need to conserve all your energy for the pushing. Good luck with everything.

Krista - posted on 06/15/2009

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I was induces at 16 days over i was so anxious i didnt sleep that whole night and i was exactly like wanted to it natural no drugs and no synotocine (dont know its spelt, its too fasten up your placent in coming out, doctors convience if you ask me!!) Anyway things dont work how you plan sometimes well for me anyway, i went to the hospital at six-thirty, got check told i was naturally contracting so i was like why am i getting induced "because its best for the baby" more like where here now lets do it. ANyway throughout the day i couldnt bear the backpain much longer so i ask for some morphine, which slowed my birth down to a halt and didnt help much with the pain so my best friend gave a me a massage virtually the whole way through my labour god bless her. by the end shit was going wrong and they told me i needed a epidural well i was like f@#K this im not having one so i got on the big ball and just kept swirling my hips until it was too late for the spi as he was coming but with his hand on his face causing him to go so far and not get anywhere, so thankfully now i think i had an episotomy which is better than having your baby suction capped and you ripped sorry for been so describtive. My baby wasnt breathing when he came out and i was freaking. Once he was given to me, he was so stuffed and probably weary from the drugs he couldnt feed for about twelve properly anway and i was so distraught as after all of that i was hoping one thing would work for me. This is not what you want to heremaybe but just giving you some advice from my own experience, so i think most importantly is too be active take a big ball swirl your hips do squats and just keep on movin girl and you'll be fine. So hope that maybe give you a little more insight.

Bridie - posted on 06/15/2009

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I can't help much with how to have a natural birth. I had to have an epidural with my first because they thought I was going to need a c-section (luckily not!) but I found the contractions totally bearable up for the 9-10 hours til I had the needle. I also was terrified of needles and coz I didn't want an epidural to start with I was getting abit panicky but then they made me take a breath of gas and hold it lol I was off my face and couldn't feel a thing when they did the procedure.

My epi wore off and they didn't realise and being my first time I had no idea that I wasn't supposed to feel anything at all so I actually felt everything when he was born and there was an awful burning sensation but otherwise I have to say I really enjoyed my labour and he was big and happy when he arrived.

My biggest piece of advice is go into it with an open mind. I really would have preferred a natural waterbirth but obviously it wasn't to be. I went into my labour with the mental view that it was 24 hours where anything at all could happen but afterwards I'd have my baby.

I really hope you get your natural birth and everything goes smoothly but on the off chance it doesn't then try to take it all in your stride. The calmer you are the better it will be for the baby, no matter whether its a natural birth or you use drugs. Good luck :)

Natira - posted on 06/15/2009

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I've experienced it twice, and I didnt take any classes. Breathe and take an active part in your delivery!!!!!!!!

Jessica - posted on 06/15/2009

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First of all congratulations and good luck. I have 4 kiddos, 2 were born in an hospital w/ an epidural and 2 were born naturally at home. I truly believe that natural is the way to go. Make sure to stay relaxed and remember to breath, but don't pant. Panting can cause hyperventilation not only for you but for your baby as well. Try to remember that even though it hurts, it's only for a short period of time and after that baby is born the pain fades quickly. Again good luck.

Jillian - posted on 06/15/2009

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The best thing is to go with the flow my little boy was three week earrly they told me i was in slow labour and i was 5cm dilated i had one shot of petherdine and something to stop me being sick andi'd had him in five and half hours breathing through the contractions moving around gym balls moving your pelvis so don't say no to any drugs natural isn't everything you still know whats going on even with them good luck you'll be fine x

Meghan - posted on 06/14/2009

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when being induced with pitocin the labor is much harder and stronger and it increased the risk of having a c-section. Whatever you do, do not push or bear down until you are fully dialted because this can cause the cervix to swell and you will not make it to ten cm.(happened to me). If you can, ask the doctor, or just start pumping on your own. This causes the uterus to contract and may hopefully put you into labor. The truth is, when you are having the pain of labor, I did not feel my epidural whatsoever. Also, if you have to labor for a long time, an epidural may give you time to rest, and if worse comes to worse and you have to get an emergency c-section you wont have to be put to sleep. Best of luck to you!!!

Melissa - posted on 06/14/2009

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I took one dose of nubane but it wore off before I had my son. I was in alot of pain and asked for an epidural at one point. They said I was almost done then which I was very thankful for later. At first I was holding the nurses and my husbands hands with all my might, but when I finally decided to go limp during a contraction and not fight it the pain was not nearly so intense. I hardly made a noise after that and it went much better. Don't know if that will help or not. Good luck. I think a natural birth is very good! My friend wanted to do it natural but they induced her and she was in labor a long time and finally got an epidural.

Christa - posted on 06/14/2009

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Look into the breathing!! You can't do it without the proper breathing. I was going to do it natural too, but I had the worst cold of my life and couldn't breath through the contractions. I had to be on oxygen the whole time. Work on the breathing! Good Luck!! :-)

Traci - posted on 06/14/2009

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My original plan was to do it all natural, but after 20+ hours of labor after my water broke and one continued contraction, I opted for the epidural. I ended up having a c-section after 5 hours of pushing cause my baby was too big. The two things that helped the most with labor pains were rocking on the big rubber ball and the labor tub. I would suggest the labor tub first and the rocking second. Don't be ashamed if you need pain meds. They can give you a lesser pain med through the iv if you absolutly dont want the epidural because the pitocin (sp) they give you to speed up contractions can cause intense pain. good luck!

Allyson - posted on 06/14/2009

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I don't think you should get too worried. I was induced last Thursday with cervidel and the contractions kicked in with the first one (which they say is rare usually it can take up to 3). I was afraid of the epidural too but when you are in that much pain you are just praying for something to take it away. I went from 1 cm dialted to 6 in about an hour, then while waiting for the doctor to come put the epidural in (about another hour wait) I fully dialeted and was ready to push, so there was no time for the epidural. I pushed for about an hour and a half and naturally delivered a 10lb 3.5oz baby. And trust me once that baby is there you are like oh it wasn't so bad. Honestly while I was in labor I didn't think I could do it but when it's over with you feel amazing, like WOW I did that on my own! Also I think an epidural doesn't affect the baby and make then drowsy, I think that some other drugs can do that but epidurals don't. So anyways just remember to breath and try to stay as calm as possible and no matter what you will have a sweet little baby after it's all over and it will be amazing.

Chantelle - posted on 06/14/2009

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hey all,

i have 3 children all normal vaginal deliveries without any medication, i was fortunate enough to have 3 very quick labours, 2 were only just born at hospital and my last one was born at home after only 20mins of labour, i believe in natural and no drugs but i have alot of friends who have opted for other ways of birth and we all agree with OUR way being the best, each labour is different and u can never fully prepare yourself, take it as it comes and if u feel the need for pain relief then use it and dont feel bad about having it, very rarely does a labour go according to plan or thoughts that you may have of it. i wish you the very best with what the future holds and from experience, cherish every moment cause they grow up so quickly, and dont be scared to take pics of the birth or feel bubs head when its coming out, i did both and ill never forget my labours!!!

Nicole - posted on 06/14/2009

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I too had a great natural birth. Remember, epidurals pose a risk for the baby as well as you. They docs prefer to over look this when presenting it as an option for pain control. the pain really is quite manageable. Try lots of different positions- laboring on your back is least efficient. Your body knows what to do just pay attention. You don't need a class to listen to your body. Being free to walk during and immediately after birth is awesome. Some women who get epidurals have a lot of trouble walking even months after delivery. Not from the baby, but from epidural complications.

Rebekah - posted on 06/14/2009

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You know, women have been giving birth without epidurals for years and years. The pain is intense, but it serves a purpose, and in the end you'll get a beautiful baby out of it. I've had two unmedicated vaginal deliveries and even with complications (both times) it was the best choice for me.

I'd recommend a doula (as someone else mentioned) if you don't already have a really supportive labor team. And be informed. I feel like information is power. If you understand the different stages of labor and where you are in the process it may really help.

Samantha - posted on 06/14/2009

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I went natural with my daughter. She was 8lbs 14oz. My recommendation and what was said in my classes was not to be dead set as to yes or no for drugs. See how it goes. Aim for natural if that's what you want but don't feel bad for changing your mind. I was 8cm but the time I was admitted and thought I could make it through the next 2cm and push the baby out. Well those last 2cm were the hardest ones. In the end all I wanted to do was push. I was in tears. Once I was able to push it was still another 1 1/2 hours before my daughter was born. I felt like I couldn't do it but my husband was great. He coached me along telling me I could do it. So simple but very helpful for me. I tore, my daughter's head came out but her shoulders were stuck, they did an episiotomy, pulled her arm out and then worked the rest out. I was so relieved when it was over. My hubby had to tell me 2 times it was a girl before I realized. I was just so happy it was over! Good luck. It's all worth it in the end.

Erica - posted on 06/13/2009

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Well, I had a natural childbirth the first time and and epidural the second time. My second child was 10 lbs., so I needed the epidural. I didn't have birthing classes either time, but I think the key is to try and stay relaxed as much as possible. Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. Let your body relax and let the baby get into place to be born. I wish you the best of luck...It is all worth it when you see your baby for the first time. congrats!!!

User - posted on 06/13/2009

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With all 3 of my children I had the iv pain medicine. The 1st I feel asleep for about 2 hours and woke up telling my mom to get the doctor or I was having this child on my own. She came out crying and very alert. My 2nd I was relaxed and the nurse had to give me 2 doses before she was born. She was not as active when she came out but that also had something to do with her jaw being set back and her having a hard time breathing. Not saying that the medicine had nothing to do with it. With the 3rd.the nurse asked if I wanted the medicine. I told her yes and she got it and injected it. The she walked out the room. By the time the door closed behind her I had gone from 7cm to 10 and was ready to push. She was born 32 min after the injection and she was also very alert. I guess it goes to show that every child and delivery is different. If you feel that you need something for the pain don't feel like you let yourself down. And ask the nurse for the smallest dose they can give you just to take the edge off. It does not make you any less of a person or a mother if you feel you need it. But if you can go through it natural with being induced more power to you and congrats.

Kay - posted on 06/13/2009

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Hiya

I've had 2 natural births 1st time was when i was nearly 17 with my little girl i didn't have a birth plan i kindof thought there wasn't much point in planning for the unknown labour lasted for 17 hrs it was sore but for me not sore enough for pain relief as i got to the end of labour just before i started pushing i really thought i couldn't do it anymore i was knackered lol i tore a little and needed some stitches.

and my 2nd natural birth was when i was nearly 19 with my little boy this time it was different because id done it once so i was apprehensive but i didn't think about pain relief i just thought id wait and c what happens i was 3 cm dilated at 33 wks so got steriods through a drip incase baby was born for his lungs they kept me in hospital overnight then was allowed home i continued having contractions until my waters broke at 37.3 wks and was in labour for 8hrs and was home the next day the contractions were sore for me towards the end i can't feel contractions very well as i have a short cervix so when i was feeling mild contractions and the midwifes put me on the mnitor the contractions show up on the monitor as strong but i dont feel them as strong only mild.

I'd say to any1 labour and delivery is sore and for every1 its different as we all have different pain threshholds but for me its the type of pain you forget.

My children are nearly 7 and 4 now and I've been ttc baby #3 for 10 mnth so hopefully soon i will be taking about labour again lol and i think id be the same i wouldn't think to much about it until the time comes as theres no point planning for the unknown

goodluck xx

Stacy - posted on 06/13/2009

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I just had my second baby 3 weeks ago and both of them were natural with no medications. I had extremely painful deliveries because I was also induced with both my kids. I took the classes but they didn't really help. You forget everything when you are in that much pain. I will tell you I don't regret my decision. I truly believe that adding any medications is a risk to your baby that's not worth taking. Before epidurals, everyone made it through without any medication. Epidurals have a lot of negative side affects that I didn't feel were worth the risk and with my second its a good thing I didn't. Epidurals slow the babies heartbeat and during my pushing stage my sons heartbeat was dropping down to the 40's! They ended up using a vacuum to suck him out. Just keep thinking to yourself that the pain is only temporary and you will make it! It's worth it in the end when they hand you your newborn!

Kate CP - posted on 06/12/2009

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The best advice I got was to blow out on the exhale during a contraction like I was trying to blow out a candle. Also, being on my side or all fours REALLY helped relieve the pressure. I had a pitocin drip and still went without meds. I had an awesome coach who rubbed my back during contractions and stayed calm and talked me through everything. Find an object in the room and focus on it during a contraction. Breathe your way through it, don't hold your breath, and don't close your eyes. When you push DON'T GRIND YOUR TEETH!!! And the last thing I learned early on: screaming DOES NOT make the pain go away. It makes it worse. Grunt, groan, moan, but screaming really doesn't help a whole lot. Is it a natural response to that amount of pain? You bet! Try your best to not scream, though. When you feel like screaming is when you should be "blowing out the candle"! Good luck, sweet pea. You'll do fine. :)

Shamera - posted on 06/12/2009

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I just had my first child, completely natural. She was born at a birthing center and my husband delivered her via the water birth. I took birthing classes; the bradley method; which focuses in on natural birth. I found that the water for laboring to be really relaxing. laying on my side made the contractions much more painful and powerful and the water helped to ease some of that. Honestly, I believe relaxation to be the key compenent in natural birth. Whatever relaxes you the most, i.e music, warm bath/shower, massage, try to implement during labor. My husband also helped by rubbing my legs with a lot of pressure during the contractions, this helped me to focus more on what he was doing rather than the pain. My daughter was 7 lbs 6 and 1/2 oz. I am deffinately going to have a natural birth again.

Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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Natural childbirth is great, but not for everyone. As a nurse and mom, I would recommend signing the consents for the epidural, just in case you change your mind. Once you have had anything for pain, you cannot sign a consent for the epidural. The epidural will NOT cause your baby to be depressed at birth. It works by numbing you below the waist, and causes no central nervous system depression. Intravenous pain medications can cause CNS and respiratory depression in a newborn at birth, so you would not receive any once your labor has progressed beyond a certain point. Good luck with the birth!!!! :)

AnneMarie - posted on 06/12/2009

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you last three really helped! haha..my fiance will definitly be right here next to me..i'll let him know that hes going to be my savior for this natural birth..he feels the same way i do about epiduals..and with his support and knowing that its pain that goes away and has something wonderful come out of it will make it easier..

thanks guys!

Claire - posted on 06/12/2009

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Good for you trying the natural birth. If you start to find you struggle i found the gas really helpful. (this has no affects on the baby at all)it also helped me concentrate on my breathing. It also makes you feel great!!!!I have had 2 children now and both times i used the gas in the final stages of birth.I don't like the ideas of epidurals either\

Crystal - posted on 06/12/2009

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Yess! Good for you, going natural! I agree with Julie - have your husband (or whomever) helping you through, and tell him beforehand that you do NOT want an epidural! Because (like Julie, and myself!) you might ask for one, but he has to be there and strong enough to say, "No, this is what we wanted to do for our baby". So I didn't get one and she was born so healthy! I also used one of those big exercise balls, which I HIGHLY recommend asking for. During my contractions I'd bounce up and down on it... I loved that ball!
Oh! The hospital I was at had a jacuzzi tub... when I went in I was dilated at just 1 or 2, when I came out it was 5!

Julie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting AnneMarie:

im already 4cm dialated if not more cuz they havent checked me since my waters been broke (3weeks or so) and ive still been having contractions...if theyre anything like they r now there wont b a problem..and im half way there right?



Not to scare you, but the contractions will get a lot worse before the end, but that doesn't mean you can't still handle it.  I was terrified of getting an epidural too. I was induced when my water broke at 36 weeks.  I had a vaginal suppository because I hadn't started dilating at all, and then they gave me pitocin to start the contractions once I was starting to dilate. My labor went pretty quick, probably because of the pitocin they had me on; only 14 hours total, and only about 5 minutes of pushing.  I had some IV meds halfway through which numbed the pain enough for me to rest for about an hour and a half, after that it was all natural.  My husband was the most help to me, he helped me to focus on breathing which actually can help distract you from the pain.  You know all that "hee hee hoo" stuff you see on TV show?  Do that and change the count of how many hees for each hoo; it's better if you actually have some one else coaching you, because then you have to focus on them to follow their pattern and you don't focus as much on the pain.  Confession:  I did finally reach a point where I asked for an epidural, but by then it was too late and my son was born about 20 minutes later.  Once you get to pushing, it is such a relief, and then you have that precious baby.  Good luck, you can do it!

Katherine - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was TERRIFIED of getting an epidural. In fact, when I watched the video at the doctor's office about the epidural I actually THREW UP in the office! The sight of a catheter sticking out of a woman's back just totally freaked me out. I was convinced that natural would be better. However, when delivery time came, the pain was just excrutiating. I tried a dose of Statol to take the edge off, but it just made me really loopy. My doctor asked one more time if I'd like to try the epidural and I finally gave in. That was THE BEST decision I made! I was able to focus more on what was going on instead of just suffering through it. If you can handle the pain, I admire you, but don't feel like you've failed if you can't.

Tara - posted on 06/12/2009

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I had a shot of pethadine and gas. Gas was hopeless!!! but helped me concentrate on my breathing! I was the same not into the whole needle in the back thing and my labour was awful 39hrs of hell, but dont regret not having the epidural got thru it! Pethadine helped between contractions so I do reccomend that, but if you want the epi take it its there for a reason your baby will be fine. I had to have a c-section for my second and I would recomend that to anyone haha but good luck you will be fine. :)

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Oh and I forgot to mention, I did all that after 27 hours of labour and 2 hours of pushing, and I am very small and had an 8lb 4 oz baby so if I can do it you can do it. We are women, this is what we are made for!

Justine - posted on 06/12/2009

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I think you would have benifited from classes. I had a midwife and a natural birth, my son was posterior and broke my tailbone, and I got through it. I didnt think I would about halfway through, and my midwife was very helpful, but I felt much more confident knowing what I was going into. Have you concidered a doula? There is a cost to the service, but Ownes Light is an organization that covers the cost of doulas to those with financial need. They will provide the support you need to get through your labour drug-free, and believe me you will think you can't do it, but you can, and you may need someone to remind you of that in the throws of labour. you will not regret going drug-free, it is the best thing you can do for your BABY. Remember that is who you are doing it for. Good luck.

AnneMarie - posted on 06/12/2009

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ya ive been in the hospital since it broke, they put me on anti biotics to reduce the risk of infection but i came in at only 32 weeks so thats why they havent induced me yet.

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2009

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I don't recommend it!!! I had no drugs at all with my son (not by choice!) and it was torture, and my active labour was only 4 hours!! I was in so much pain that I barely remember any of his birth, and I had no energy to push, so he was vacuumed out after 1.5 hours of pushing. My husband was in tears! I am very afraid of getting an epidural, but when we have baby #2, it is the first thing i am getting. Good luck doing it natural, but i will never, ever do it again without an epidural!

AnneMarie - posted on 06/12/2009

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im already 4cm dialated if not more cuz they havent checked me since my waters been broke (3weeks or so) and ive still been having contractions...if theyre anything like they r now there wont b a problem..and im half way there right?

Kim - posted on 06/12/2009

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With my first I had a epidural and a very pleasant delivery..My second on the other hand the epidural did not work..and delivering a 8 pound baby with out any pain medication was the worst! I cant even begin to explain the pain of 11 hrs of torture! Im expecting my third and you better believe I will be praying for my epidural to work this time around! By the way..my first born was born wide awake and alert! not sluggish at the least! Good Luck! on what ever you decide.. you might change your mind though once you feel the pain after some time!

Sheryl - posted on 06/12/2009

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hi id reccommend a relaxing cd, i wanted a home birth, it started off being at home but didnt end that way, the music i had in the back ground at home really helped me, i also asked my husband to talk to me to take my mind off the pain and he started talking to me about elephants??!! anyway, the classes are OK but do make u worry a little as they can give u too much info :-) but good luck and congrats pls let me know how u get on, all the best sheryl

Christy - posted on 06/12/2009

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I did it natural and didn't take any classes either. I didnt choose to do it natural..the epidural didnt take. Honestly breathing really does help. It gave me something to concentrate on. Deep breaths through thr nose and out through the mounth. I was suprised at how much it helped calm me. On another note my friend is the same way as U R when it comes to needles. She is totally and completely freaked out by needles. She cant even watch some one else get poked with out freaking out. She said there was no way that she would have an epidural either. However after a couple hours of the INTENSE pain she decided to have the epidural. I am not trying to discourage you in any way. Obviously it can be done all natural. I definetly wish U the best!! Good Luck and Congrats!!

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