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    We initially thought we'd go the homebirth route, but because of some past heart issues of mine we have now decided on a hospital birth with an OB who is very supportive of natural/physiological childbirth and (the essential ingredient!) a kick-ass doula. I love my doula! I really want to labor at home as long as possible, and she'll be here to help with that as well as support DH and me when we head to the hospital.

    I am crossing my fingers for an unmedicated birth without interventions, but keeping an open mind... I really feel that good preparation and my doula's support is going to improve my chances. Plus I come from a culture where we think of birth as a normal, this-is-not-a-medical-crisis kind of event, so I don't have any of the birth anxiety most of my friends do. I'm excited and looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
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    i'm glad that you got such excellent care. a lot of my friends who go unassisted or with a mw have similar experiences when they need medical care. they know they need it, they get it, and everyone is pretty respectful (unless you're about 20 or look like you are 20 for some reason!).

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    Thanks.. my MWs have a great working relationship w/ the back up OB. on vaginal deliveries she lets them stay in the room and assist! and both births I had a student MW assisting as well... I figure why not...if I can be a learning experience for a future MW go for it.. I'm friends on FB w/the 1st student MW who was present for DD's delivery... She's a pretty cool woman..
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    Active birth was far less painful than being stuck in or on the bed. I walked back and forth in the suite and the contractions didn't really kill me at all. But then bubba turned posterior and it started hurting badly in my lower back. I opted for epidural, some rest, and 12 hours later she was delivered with forceps. Not ideal but a heck of a lot better than the c-section I had with my twins.

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    I did hypnobabies with Grace and loved it. I made it to 7 cm before freaking out and asking for an epi. Looking forward to trying for a 10 next time around. I try to encourage everyone to go the hypnobabies route. Grace came out exceptionally alert and mindful of her surroundings. My epi was a very low dose. I could still wiggle my toes and feel them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    I did hypnobabies with Grace and loved it. I made it to 7 cm before freaking out and asking for an epi. Looking forward to trying for a 10 next time around. I try to encourage everyone to go the hypnobabies route. Grace came out exceptionally alert and mindful of her surroundings. My epi was a very low dose. I could still wiggle my toes and feel them.
    I did hypnobirthing with Mali. I believe this is what got me from 9.5 to 10 cm when the OB said I had 10 min to make it to 10 cm, otherwise another ceaserean. I visualized opening up that last centimeter and it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDink View Post
    It does take all kinds... actually just two weeks ago my collegue went into labor here in the office! It was an insane day, she broke her water then a "plug" came out, (Internet... I do not have kids and will probably never so I don't know all the terminology ) we got her to the hospital and she waited for about an hour and a half to get an epidural and then it didn't "take" so they gave her more and then push, push it was done. (2nd baby for her), then out she went into a room. It seriously was like a factory and kind of weird to me, I like the idea of those birthing centers that are close to the hospital if I ever go down that path...
    Not everybody is that lucky. My 3 labors were 26, 24 and 21 hours. The best were birthing centers attached to a hospital.

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    I had 2 homebirths, 12-hour, uncomplicated labors each time. They were amazing, awesome births, and being able to labor in water (my son was born in the water safely!) was key for pain management for me. With my daughter I puked the entire labor but contractions were totally manageable, actually less painful than I expected. And with my son, I was fine up until transition, when I remember telling my husband to never let me forget how truly painful this was (because of my experience with my daughter's birth, I thought it would be the same again!).

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