W.H. asks from Scurry, TX on January 12, 2009
Anyone Done Natural Childbirth in a Hospital?
I am due in Feb to have my second child. I am wanting a natural childbirth, and that was my goal for my first delivery. I made it into active labor and was dialated to 5cm, and was doing wonderful with the contractions, but the doctor started pressing me about taking pitocin. Not because there was anything wrong, but just to speed things up. I didn't get my original doc and this one was quite pushy about things. I was not in a position to be arguing with her over this as most of you know when you are in active labor and needing to concentrate to get through the contractions. I now have a doctor that is all for me doing this natural, and seems very supportive, and I am a lot more knowledgeable about my rights to say no to anything I don't want to happen. My mom and husband with both be in the delivery room to help coach me and we've studied/practiced quite a bit about techniques that will help. I wanted to ask if any of you have experienced natural child birth and what if any surprises you experienced, what was the hardest part of it all, would you do it again if you could, etc.... I know that everything may not go my way and I am prepared to do whatever needs to be done for the safety of me and my baby, but I also am knowledgeable enough to know that a lot of what they do is not necessary, and if I can work my way through labor on my own letting my body tell me what to do I know I can do it. Thanks for any suggestions or comments you have.
So What Happened?™
I wanted to give an update to everyone with the hopes of encouraging others. I wrote in about wanting to do natural childbirth, but through previous birth experience I was a little concerned. My doctors and nurses were awesome!!! I say that because my regular doctor was out of town on a missions trip and so his partner ended up delivering my daughter. The nurses and all the staff were very supportive and pretty much left me to my job of labor. They didn't press me to take any meds and they supported me and were very encouraging. My water broke on Jan. 28th a little over 3 weeks early and my daughter was born after about 15 hours of labor, she is healthy and happy and weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz. I was able to go through labor and delievery completely without any pain meds, to move around in whatever position was comfortable, to walk, and was able to nurse and hold my baby for over an hour after delievery. This meant so much to me because I only got to hold my son for a very little time before they started weighing, measuring, etc... I wrote up a birth plan and I think that really helped, they knew I wanted to hold and nurse her and I guess with my son they just didn't know and they wanted to get their job done. It was an awesome experience and I was so surprised about the feelings, it is really true that once the baby is in your arms you forget the pain. It was a wonderful experience and I am thankful that I was able to have a natural labor and delivery. I am amazed that I did have the strength to do it!!! My mom and husband were awesome and I know because of their help I was much more able to focus on what I needed to do. Thank you so much to those who were encouraging and who gave advice, it did make me much more comfortable in knowing I could get through it.
F.C. answers from Tyler on January 13, 2009
I had a natural delivery with my first child (almost 28 years ago) and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The only surprise I had was the afterbirth - when the doctor started pushing on my stomach after she was born - I actually said to him, panicked - 'I thought there was just one!'
I did a lot of breathing and ice chips during my labor - walked the halls some, but God blessed me with a pretty easy pregnancy, labor & delivery for my first child.
Breathing thru the contractions, having something to focus on - those are both helpful 'tools' during the labor - loving support is also very helpful.
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J.G. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
I have all of my babies (4) naturally in a hospital. My first 3 were delivered by a midwife and my last by an OB who is very supportive of natural childbirth. Just in case you read my profile - I did experience the death of my 3rd baby at birth but the cause was in no way due to have her naturally she was born very quickly there wasn't time for anything but vaginal delivery. But I was afraid my fears would impact my decisions with my 4th baby. I discussed this in detail with my OB many times. Since I was going to be induced at 38 weeks I was very nervous that I would have to have pitocin and how could I handle the contractions then. I let my doctor I really didn't want to have pitocin unless that would make the difference between vaginal and c-section. I was induced with cyotec - one dose and that is all it took. I did agree to have her break my water about 10 hours later and my son was born within an hour afterwards. That was the most painful part of the labor. It was an awesome birth experience. Each one of my baby's labor and birth were different but my first was the longest and the most painful. I know you can have your baby naturally. I think the best is to let your doctor know your desires and kept reminding her or him and perhaps you can be paired with a nurse who will encourage you and support you. You can always ask for a different nurse if you feel she is not the right match for you. You can have your baby without any medication, you have the strength to do it! But also think ahead of time about when you feel you may need some assistance with a drug or epidural. Also, I would find out what your dr's c-section rate is and how quickly she or he is to take someone to surgery. Of course, the health of your baby is first. But you want to make sure decisions are not made for the ease of the doctor. Also, know that you are no way a failure if you have to use some type of medication or have a c-section the most important is that your baby is delivered safely. Congratulations on your baby.
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A.S. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
I gave birth to my son completely natural, its what I wanted from the beginning. All of my friends told me I was crazy, but I knew its what I wanted. I had him in McKinney. My Dr. is a Certified NMW and she is amazing. It was the most wonderful beautiful experiance ever. My husband got to deliver our son it was amazing!!!! Remaining calm and relaxing as much as I could made the process a whole lot easier and before I knew it it was time to push and he was here. And after I was like OMG I did it I did it!!!! As one of the other moms mentioned there is some burning when the baby is crowning, but its really not that bad. I was up walking around after and felt great. Non of the nurses or staff could believe I had just had a baby and it was my first. The next day was great I was up showered dressed and ready to go!!! I could go on and on about how wonderful it all was. Good Luck!!!
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E.T. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
I delivered my daughter all natural at Arlington Memorial Hospital. The nurses and my doctor were all very supportive of my decision. I was in labor for about 14 hours and at the hospital for about 7 hours before my dd arrived. I loved it because I was up and around very quickly after her birth and she was extremely alert. She was born in April 2007 so I don't imagine they have changed all that much.
If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask :)
Good luck and God Bless you and your family.
E.C. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
I had my second with no meds but it was quite unintentional! My labor was very quick, it was the middle of the night, and the darn anesthesiologist just didn't make it in time. Once it was over, It was great! I felt great, baby nursed so much better than my first & I was up & moving around right after. I will definitely to this again when we have another. I was at Baylor Grapevine & the nurses were great. I was pretty panicked at the thought of no pain meds but they were wonderful. Good luck :)
R.N. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2009
I have had natural childbirth with 2 of the 4 children I have had. I WOULD do it again. My very first 1 I had an epideral. The next 2 were natural. Second child came too fast for me to get anything. 3 hours of labor start to finsh. Third child natural because I knew the differance with natural vs epideral and going natural seemed to have a better recovery time and it was with the third one also. The hardest part with both deliveries was the very end when I was almost there and delivery. Contractions were very hard, but it made me want to push harder. My third one was 6 years later and I didn't know how everything would go so I chose an epideral and I shouldn't have. It took too long. Labor started at 430pm went to the hospital at 630pm, my water broke at 715pm,when I was dialated to a 5 at 830, I got an epideral, got to a 6 and stayed there until 6am. They gave me patosin and I had him at 741am. I feel like if I didn't go with the epideral it wouldn't have gone so long. Bottom line is 1st child labor 8 hours, 2nd child 3 hours, third child 5 hours, and 4th child 15 hours. Recovery was better with the natural childbirths than the epideral ones. Good Luck and CONGRATULATIONS!
P.G. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
I had a mostly natura childbirth. My water broke before I went into labor, and there was some discoloration from stool in the water, so they didn't want things to go too slowly. I think they asked about the Pitocin, but I don't think I got any. If I did, it was VERY little. I did have some Stadol for the pain at 5cm and 7cm cause I was almost wanting an epidural at that point. The stadol got me over the hump pain-wise. It's a very short acting medication, about 1-1/2 hours of "relief", and leaves your system quickly - less exposure for the baby. 9 hours of labor - 2 pushing.
Your doctor needs to respect your wishes, and having your mom/husband as support team to help you reinforce them when you're concentrating on something else is best for you.
Good luck and good for you!
S.S. answers from Wichita Falls on January 12, 2009