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nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
I'm planning to do a natural childbirth this time (I induced and ended up w/ an emergency c-section with Danae). I plan to skip the pain meds and want to be able to walk and move around as much as possible. I feel like it's the right thing to do and what's best for me and the baby, but as my due date is getting closer, I'm starting to get scared that I can't do it. I know that logically, my body is built to do this, but I'm terribly wussy about pain and things going wrong. Any words of advice, encouragement, or personal stories of success would be greatly appreciated.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Ummm, I can barely talk about stuff like this due to my juvenile squeamishness on the subject, so I'll just wish you luck and say that I hope everything goes as you would wish.

    Strangely, I did think about you this morning and wonder if you were almost due.......
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    You can do it. My sister had an emergency c-section with her first child, scheduled c-section with her second because of the first one, and finally found a doctor who delivered her third child vaginally and drugfree. No problems and she healed faster/better.
  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    You can do it!!! I know you can!

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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    You can do it!

    Don't agree to an induction unless there is a good medical reason.

    Don't agree to an IV or to constant monitoring unless they give you good, specific reasons. Stay off your back, move around and find the best position.

    Don't go to the hospital too early.

    Don't let them give you pitocin. Remember that the non-pit contractions only last a minute or two, and then you get a break from the pain.

    You don't have to push the baby lying on your back with your legs up in the air. Try pushing on all fours, down on one knee or even lying down on your side.

    Did I mention you can do it? Becuase you totally can
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    You can do it!!

    I am not hardcore at all when it comes to pain, I am actually a big wuss, and I had no epidural or pain meds for both my boys' births.

    Don't have the doctor induce you if you can avoid it, and stay home from the hospital as long as possible.

    I have a medical condition that causes low platelets, and I couldn't get epidurals, so I was scared as hell about having labor induced, because I knew the contractions would be stronger and harder to deal with. I wasn't going to consider induction until I got to 42 weeks, but I went into labor on my own before then.

    You can do it! Your limits (for pain or whatever) are much further than you realize.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    Aw, good luck! You can do it! As usual, Geeky gives good advice. Try to resist the induction and constant monitoring, so you can keep moving and not be tied to the bed. You'll be great!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    It's totally normal to have doubts in late pregnancy. Most women do, even very experienced ones. With my VBA3C baby, I had doubts that I could do it til the very moment his head popped out. Really...the loop in my head was saying "you can't do it, what the hell were you thinking" all through labor. The truth is, you can do it. Untold millions of women before you have done it. It's really not that bad.

    I'll tell you the secret that it took me 4 babies to learn:

    The contractions at the end of labor are not any more painful than the contractions at the beginning of active labor. They are closer together. They are more intense. But they are not more painful. If you can get through contractions at 4 centimeters, you can get through contractions at 10 centimeters. Really. Just take them one at a time.

    Follow Geeky's guidelines above, and you'll GREATLY reduce your risk of c-section. It's the induction/augmentation that messes things up. It starts the slippery slope...one intervention (pitocin) leads to another (continuous fetal monitoring), leads to another (enforced bedrest), leads to another (epidural because it's hard to deal with contractions while lying down), leads to another (stuck baby from the epidural), and the next thing you know you're on the operating table. Induction is almost never needed, but it's so often employed. Just say no. You can say no to ALL pitocin. You can say no to all but intermittant monitoring. Stay upright and moving. I can't stress that enough. Gravity is your friend. You wouldn't find early women lying in bed while laboring/birthing in times before doctors took over the process. No. We stood. We walked. We squatted. We moved. Semi-standing, with wide feet, hanging from hubby's neck and hip swaying was my go-to position for contractions. Moan low. Push when you feel the urge and not when people tell you to. Push while sqatting or semi-squatting...it opens the pelvis another 30% over what it is while lying. And don't do purple-pushing...that causes damage to your nethers. Babies really do come out. They really do!!!! And they come out with hardly any damage to you. It's amazing. If you let it.

    Be patient. Hopefully, your caregiver has lots of patience. They say the best type of caregiver is a coyote midwife: a coyote midwife sits by the hole, and waits.
  • DelmaDelma Posts: 1,121Registered Users
    You can totally do it, honestly i'd rather give birth than have a migraine, I had an vbac with Izzy and it was the best decision I ever made can't wait to have another .
  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I definitely feel that the induction with Danae was why she ended up being a c-section baby. I wasn't dialated or effaced at all. I kinda feel stupid now, but my doctor asked me if I wanted to induce at 40 weeks, and I was like, "Sure, sounds good!" I'm going to be more patient this time around.

    I've made my birth plan and I'm bringing it to my next OB visit. I'm all for staying off any drugs this time, and I definitely want the ability to move around and drink a dang glass of water if I need to. The worst part (other than the actual surgery) of my last labor was being stuck in that bed. I was so antsy, but I couldn't get up because of all the monitors and IV. Pixie and Delma sent me some sample birth plans, and I found one that was a nice, easy form online, so I feel like that part is ready. Now I just need to convince myself that I really can do this. :)
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  • MagooMagoo Posts: 2,173Registered Users
    Thanks for posting this Nynaeve. I'm only 24 weeks along but I've been giving a lot of thought to my birth plan. With my son, I rushed to the hospital the minute my water broke (I didn't know any better), even though I wasn't having contractions yet and ended up being strapped to IVs, monitors and confined to a bed for 10 hours waiting for contractions to start. I was ready to pull my hair out! I was then given cervadil (sp?) to soften the cervix in hopes that things would get moving. Well from what I've read about it since then, there's a small risk of uterine hyperstimulation with it and of course I was one of those that is overly sensitive to it. Within minutes of them inserting the medication I went from no contractions to back to back horrible contractions that wouldn't let up. That's just not natural so it was awful.

    This time, I'm planning on staying home as long as possible. I refuse to go through that again.
    I'm planning on sticking to my guns this time around.
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    You can do it! Don't let them scare you into crap just because you are a VBAC. Listen to your body and your heart. You are strong and you will handle whatever is thrown your way.

    I am hoping for a med-free VBAC next time around. I am sure that unnecessary medical interventions led to my c/s. And yet it's hard to get rid of that voice in my head saying "maybe I can't." When you've had a prior cesarean, it's hard to believe in your ability to have a vaginal birth, especially if you've had people imply your body was defective (like I have). Try to tell that voice to STFU! :)

    I think there is some great advice in here about how to avoid an unnecessary c/s. If you've never read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, go get a copy because it's truly inspiring. GL!
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    Magoo wrote: »
    Within minutes of them inserting the medication I went from no contractions to back to back horrible contractions that wouldn't let up. That's just not natural so it was awful.

    This time, I'm planning on staying home as long as possible. I refuse to go through that again.
    I'm planning on sticking to my guns this time around.

    That's pretty much what happened to me when I was induced with Pitocin. I felt like I was in transition at 4 cm. The hospital wanted me in bed. Like a good little patient, I complied and there was just no way to cope with the pain then so I got an epidural and things progressed from there until I was in the OR.

    I was educated and committed to natural childbirth and yet in the end I got everything I'd wanted to avoid. I let myself get pressured into things. The bright side is that I've learned a lot and like you, I plan to stand up for myself and my baby a lot more the next time around.

    This is making me want to get pregnant so I can give it another go! :)
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  • Maxs MomMaxs Mom Posts: 64Registered Users
    You definately can do it!! I had a VBAC 19 years ago(although I did have an epidural). Just go in with an open mind and know that IF you need meds, it does not mean you are a failure.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Having an epidural doesn't mean personal failure (there are no medals for enduring labor), but epidurals certainly do increase the risk of having another c-section. Significantly.

    nynaeve, keep your options open. If you really do need an epidural, try to wait as long as you possibly can...past 8 cms if you can. And try to be sure baby is in an anterior presentation before getting an epidural, because a posterior baby has a very hard time turning to anterior once an epidural is on board and relaxes the deep pelvic floor muscles. Unless mom has a really roomy pelvis, most babies will need to be anterior before they can be born, because of the anatomy relationship of the maternal pelvis and fetal head. Babies really only fit one way.

    Stay upright. Stay upright. Stay upright. As long as you can. It's much easier to cope with contractions while upright.

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  • mayimmayim Posts: 2,301Registered Users
    you can do it. you totally, totally can.

    every woman labors differently, but for me moving was the key. i was walking around most of the time. i leaned on my partner's shoulders (facing one another) and he walked with me - backward and forward, around and around. at the beginning, i did a lot of hip circles, and on the yoga ball doing hip circles, etc.

    the midwife had to practically yell at me to get me to lay down to check me when i was fully dilated in transition! i didn't want to be laying down - at all! (:

    not only is your body made to do this, there is a beautiful, natural, amazing concert of hormonal interactions taking place that bring the birth to fruition. if your body is feeling and experiencing everything, it creates its own natural morphine. think open. go into the contractions rather than constricting your body against them, if you can. i liked to think of them as waves in the ocean - undulating, coming and receding. that imagery was helpful to me. i approached it as very 'go with the flow' - literally!

    it also helped me to conceive of the contractions as pain with a purpose. each contraction is increasing the opening of the cervix, and bringing you closer to meeting your baby!

    ina may's guide to childbirth by ina may gaskin was very helpful to me in preparing for my birth.

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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    Having an epidural doesn't mean personal failure (there are no medals for enduring labor), but epidurals certainly do increase the risk of having another c-section. Significantly.

    nynaeve, keep your options open. If you really do need an epidural, try to wait as long as you possibly can...past 8 cms if you can. And try to be sure baby is in an anterior presentation before getting an epidural, because a posterior baby has a very hard time turning to anterior once an epidural is on board and relaxes the deep pelvic floor muscles. Unless mom has a really roomy pelvis, most babies will need to be anterior before they can be born, because of the anatomy relationship of the maternal pelvis and fetal head. Babies really only fit one way.

    I am sure this is what happened to me. Epidurals increase the odds of an OP baby significantly--450% according to one study I read. And doctors and nurses don't really seem to be trained in recognizing and addressing fetal malpositions. How can they recognize it when they barely spend any time with the laboring mother? So then it's off to the OR. And often mom is told her pelvis was too small or her cervix was faulty.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    iris427 wrote: »
    Having an epidural doesn't mean personal failure (there are no medals for enduring labor), but epidurals certainly do increase the risk of having another c-section. Significantly.

    nynaeve, keep your options open. If you really do need an epidural, try to wait as long as you possibly can...past 8 cms if you can. And try to be sure baby is in an anterior presentation before getting an epidural, because a posterior baby has a very hard time turning to anterior once an epidural is on board and relaxes the deep pelvic floor muscles. Unless mom has a really roomy pelvis, most babies will need to be anterior before they can be born, because of the anatomy relationship of the maternal pelvis and fetal head. Babies really only fit one way.

    I am sure this is what happened to me. Epidurals increase the odds of an OP baby significantly--450% according to one study I read. And doctors and nurses don't really seem to be trained in recognizing and addressing fetal malpositions. How can they recognize it when they barely spend any time with the laboring mother? So then it's off to the OR. And often mom is told her pelvis was too small or her cervix was faulty.

    In my case, they said my spine curved too much and was pushing the baby's head off my cervix. LOL That's why I plan to be up and moving as much as I can this time. If my spine is so weird, then laying in bed for hours isn't going to help. I shall let gravity do some work for me (it owes me for what it's done to my boobs!).
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    nynaeve77 wrote: »

    In my case, they said my spine curved too much and was pushing the baby's head off my cervix. LOL That's why I plan to be up and moving as much as I can this time. If my spine is so weird, then laying in bed for hours isn't going to help. I shall let gravity do some work for me (it owes me for what it's done to my boobs!).


    Oh, that's such nonsense. It always amazes me the fairy tales the OB staff thinks up to avoid telling women "we screwed up and you have to pay with a c-section recovery".

    Not to make this about me, but...

    After my first c-sec, the doc told me that I had a "flat pelvic arch" and I was SO LUCKY to be living in modern times, because if not for modern obstetrical practices and c-section, my baby and I would have DIED DIED DIED. And that I would never be able to deliver a baby over 5 pounds (my son was 8 pounds). With the next pregnancy, I was told "oh yes, you have a small pelvis. You'll never be able to deliver a baby, lets just do a c-sec." This played in my head, for years. It was a lot of baggage. My failed VBAC attempt with baby #3 didn't help. All those babies were 8 pounds. With my 4th baby, I had my successful VBAC. My baby was NINE pounds. He flew out so fast in one push...if not for the midwife's fast hands, he would have been a bungy jumper. Small pelvis indeed.

    Let me put this plain: OB's and L&D nurses LIE. They make stuff up. They have NO way of knowing if your pelvis is adequate. They have NO way of knowing if your spine is curved and preventing proper labor. Babies are made to be born, and women are made to birth them. You have eons of history behind you personally to prove that. Believe in yourself, and believe in your foremothers. You can give birth. You can. You really can.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    Be patient. Hopefully, your caregiver has lots of patience. They say the best type of caregiver is a coyote midwife: a coyote midwife sits by the hole, and waits.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I didn't have a C-section with my first, but I also didn't have the natural birth that I wanted. In RCW's list of interventions, I made it through pitocin/monitoring/stuck in bed/epidural. Anyway, with my second child's birth (which was natural/unmedicated), I think the things that helped were being confident in my birth plan (which I know you are) and most importantly being confident in my birth team. I really trusted that my midwife wouldn't recommend something that was unnecessary. I delivered at a birth center where the nurses had the same goal I did. I hired a doula (whom I probably didn't even need). And my husband was also fabulous for support.

    When things got really tough and I felt I couldn't do it anymore (without drugs or at all), I kept reminding myself "This is what I wanted". And remembering how I felt when I "failed"* to have a natural birth the first time. I knew how awful I would feel if despite all my preparation, I "failed" again, and that really helped me through it.

    *I put "failed" in quotes because I'm not saying it's a failure to not have a natural birth, it's just how I felt about it.
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  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Posts: 791Registered Users
    The contractions at the end of labor are not any more painful than the contractions at the beginning of active labor. They are closer together. They are more intense. But they are not more painful. If you can get through contractions at 4 centimeters, you can get through contractions at 10 centimeters. Really. Just take them one at a time.

    And, you are far more tired by the time you get to 10 cms.

    In my case the only medical intervention I had was an epidural, and I wanted that because I was tired of vomitting/dry heaving after every contraction. I wound up with a c-section after DS's hearbeat went down and I spiked a fever.

    nynaeve77 - I am confident you will be able to have the birth you want with this little one. It looks like you are getting lots of really great advice from the mommas on here.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    The contractions at the end of labor are not any more painful than the contractions at the beginning of active labor. They are closer together. They are more intense. But they are not more painful. If you can get through contractions at 4 centimeters, you can get through contractions at 10 centimeters. Really. Just take them one at a time.

    And, you are far more tired by the time you get to 10 cms.

    In my case the only medical intervention I had was an epidural, and I wanted that because I was tired of vomitting/dry heaving after every contraction. I wound up with a c-section after DS's hearbeat went down and I spiked a fever.


    Epidurals require IV fluids and continuous fetal monitoring, which generally requires bedrest. So it's really difficult to avoid interventions once you agree to the epidural. If you want the epidural, you have to accept everything else. Nearly all women with an epidural on board also get augmented with pitocin, because epidurals cause contractions to space out and get less intense. The staff just piggybacks the pitocin onto the IV, you wouldn't even know it was there if they didn't tell you.

    And, epidurals are well known to cause fetal heartrate decelerations (because they cause maternal low blood pressure and fetal heartrate responds to that) and epidurals also cause maternal fever.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I haven't experienced VBAC, but I LOVED natural birth and you can totally do it!!!!! Everyone has given good advice and I know it is different for everyone, but for me, it was intense and tiring, but not particularly painful (way less worse than cramps or a migraine) and I also experienced contractions getting closer together, but not much more painful, and I was in labour about 24 hours and pushed almost 4 and I made it without drugs.

    I think I started pushing way too early though, so my advice would be wait until you HAVE to push.

    Women have done this forever so you absolutely can - and think of the prize at the end!
    Do you know the gender?

    Thinking of natural birth makes me REALLY want to do it again - I can't wait to be pregnant again and get my chance! - so how bad can it be?

    Good luck sweetie!
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Amneris wrote: »
    I haven't experienced VBAC, but I LOVED natural birth and you can totally do it!!!!! Everyone has given good advice and I know it is different for everyone, but for me, it was intense and tiring, but not particularly painful (way less worse than cramps or a migraine) and I also experienced contractions getting closer together, but not much more painful, and I was in labour about 24 hours and pushed almost 4 and I made it without drugs.

    I think I started pushing way too early though, so my advice would be wait until you HAVE to push.

    Women have done this forever so you absolutely can - and think of the prize at the end!
    Do you know the gender?

    Thinking of natural birth makes me REALLY want to do it again - I can't wait to be pregnant again and get my chance! - so how bad can it be?

    Good luck sweetie!

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  • heart-of-dixieheart-of-dixie Posts: 392Registered Users
    You can do it. I did it without any type of meds. It is unbearable pain but it does not last that long.
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    The contractions at the end of labor are not any more painful than the contractions at the beginning of active labor. They are closer together. They are more intense. But they are not more painful. If you can get through contractions at 4 centimeters, you can get through contractions at 10 centimeters. Really. Just take them one at a time.

    And, you are far more tired by the time you get to 10 cms.

    In my case the only medical intervention I had was an epidural, and I wanted that because I was tired of vomitting/dry heaving after every contraction. I wound up with a c-section after DS's hearbeat went down and I spiked a fever.


    Epidurals require IV fluids and continuous fetal monitoring, which generally requires bedrest. So it's really difficult to avoid interventions once you agree to the epidural. If you want the epidural, you have to accept everything else. Nearly all women with an epidural on board also get augmented with pitocin, because epidurals cause contractions to space out and get less intense. The staff just piggybacks the pitocin onto the IV, you wouldn't even know it was there if they didn't tell you.

    And, epidurals are well known to cause fetal heartrate decelerations (because they cause maternal low blood pressure and fetal heartrate responds to that) and epidurals also cause maternal fever.

    I remember one delivery I was at, as soon as the mom called for an epidural, the nurse went and brought in a bag of Pitocin. That's how common it is to need Pit with an epidural. I think there may also be this mindset that if the mom can't feel her contractions, why not push them up a notch with the Pit, just to get things moving faster. People in hospitals don't like to just wait around and let nature take its course--they are trained to DO something. I think that's one of the reasons it's so hard to have an intervention-free birth in a hospital.

    Nynaeve, this isn't meant to be discouraging. I think knowing about the common pitfalls that derail natural childbirth plans can help you avoid such pitfalls.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    I've had both of my babies at home and talked about labor and the birth stories here. You should be able to find it under webjockeyguide or just webjockey. I forget which.

    What really made it possible for me was having a good support system. Husband, midwife, midwife's assistant etc etc really helped me believe that I could do it. Well that and a glass o wine at the end.
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    Here's a story to encourage you. I saw my chiropractor today. She had a VBAC 6 weeks ago. She woke up at 12:30am with contractions 3 minutes apart. Got to the hospital a little after 2, pretty much crowning. Pushed out a 9lb baby girl 20 minutes later. And she is TINY. She said her doc was anti-vbac, said it probably wouldn't work, she would have to get all this extra monitoring, yadda yadda. She never even got an iv or any monitoring.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I'm planning to stay home for as long as I can (until the contractions are about 3 minutes apart), unless I feel like something is majorly wrong. I want to spend as little time in the hospital for labor as possible.
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    geeky wrote: »
    Here's a story to encourage you. I saw my chiropractor today. She had a VBAC 6 weeks ago. She woke up at 12:30am with contractions 3 minutes apart. Got to the hospital a little after 2, pretty much crowning. Pushed out a 9lb baby girl 20 minutes later. And she is TINY. She said her doc was anti-vbac, said it probably wouldn't work, she would have to get all this extra monitoring, yadda yadda. She never even got an iv or any monitoring.

    Great story :)
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