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!
The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose. ~ Ayn Rand
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Converted to PB November 2010
Leptin Reset Redux (1Sep 2011) SW 170lbs
25 Sep 2011 160lbs
1 Dec 2011 158lbs!
Mother of 2, and wife to a kick ass husband...trying to contain chaos and havoc on a daily basis
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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.
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 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!).