Drug Free Birthing

Updated on September 20, 2010
B.S. asks from Bonney Lake, WA
6 answers

Hi Everyone,
I am 17 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. I am high risk as I have gone into labor at 30 weeks with my other 3 girls (born at 34, 32 and 36 weeks). I spent a lot of time in the hospital and on bed rest. While my history will prevent me from having a home or birth center based birth I am interested in finding out more about a "natural" birth. My previous doctors were not able to find any "reason" for my early labor and so my doctor is watching me closely and I will be on bed rest in a couple more months. My husband thinks I'm nuts wanting to go natural (second marraige - first baby for him). After weeks in the hospital with my first 3 before and after they were born I really have a strong desire to take as much "medicine" out of this as possible. I know that I have to see the doctor and do the bedrest and be as careful as possible for myself and for the health of the baby. But, I'm not "sick" and there is nothing "wrong" with me. I'm just pregnant! I think what I am looking for most is some sense of control over this pregnancy.
My question (finally) is - does anyone have any information about natural birth? Classes, books, support groups...anything. I know there are different techniques that can work and this is pretty common. With my youngest I was induced (went into labor at 30 weeks, bedrest, started again at 34 dialated to 7 and then wouldn't progress anymore) and then the drugs didn't seem to work. I wasn't prepared and didn't exactly deal with it well.
I'd really like to go into this knowing that I am going to try to not use meds. But I know that it will require some help and concentration.
Any help or suggestions would be great!


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answers from Seattle on

I had all four of my kids naturally, so I don't have anything to compare it to recovery-wise. I also had my first at 36 weeks but the rest were on time, so I don't know much about any needed drugs for early labors. However, one of the reasons I decided to go natural was because we couldn't afford birth classes at the time and so instead I read a lot of books. The two that come to mind as being particularly helpful are Husband-Coached Childbirth by Bradley and The Birth Book by Sears. One of the best things I did was make my husband read the Bradley book. He's not a reader and he wasn't excited about it, but when we were at the hospital he was able to be my advocate and let them know what I did and didn't want. When you're in the middle of labor, it's hard to overcome what doctors want to do, so it's essential you and your husband are on the same page with it.

Natural childbirth really isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be--you can do it! Good luck!



answers from Seattle on


I went natural with my son who is my first. I had a great experience and I would not have done it any other way. It is all about the support team that you have around you. I recommend if you are thinking about natural child birth seek out the assistance of a doula, I had one and I know that I could not have gone natural with out the help of lots of Prayer and her.

I also think that if you are high risk really seek out a lot of information before making your decision.
good luck!



answers from Seattle on

My first son was born by c-section and so I am cosidered higher risk if I have a vaginal birth. My second son I was able to have him all natural. Of course I could not deliver in a birthing center and only some hospitals would even allow me to deliver at their location. The pain hurt of course but I am very glad that my son was born without any medications in his little body. I am due July 12th and plan for this delivery to be all natural as well. My mom had five children all natural. You can do it!
A really good book is: Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler. I have also borrowed videos from the library. Some are outdated but are highly supportive of the least amount of interventions as possible.



answers from Seattle on

I can help with this. Natural birth came to me by accident!

When I had my first son, I got the epidural, but he was impatient. He came out before the drugs had a chance to work. It was amazing! To feel that child being born!

My second son was 3 months premature. The doctors would't give me anything for fear of hurting the baby. He was too small to need drugs. My easiest birth.

My daughter, however, I did have the epidural and it had time to work. I was only in labor for 16 hrs and she finally graced us with her presence.

When someone tells you that you won't remember the pain, it's true and false. True, because because the biggest thing you remember is that beautiful creature. But false, because you don't forget it hurt. You can't forget the pain of a tramatic injury. And that's what birth is to your body, a tramatic injury that it has to heal from.

It's definatly worth experiencing at least once. It's healthier for the baby, not having the drugs enter their blood.

Good luck! And congrats!



answers from Seattle on

Let me make a reccomendation. Look on Mama source under doulas and find Tonya Gervacio, the softer side of hard labor. She is an amazing doula who works together with Patti Ramos, a wonderful childbirth educator.
Learn everything you can to make sure you have the birth you want. I went from a hospital birth w/ all the bells and whistles to two natural home births, and I could not be happier. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you lots more! :)



answers from Boston on

I'm also hoping for a natural childbirth (my 1st) and a book that has been very helpful in understanding and calming my nerves is Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth. Good luck!

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