Posts Tagged ‘natural childbirth’

Mommy Meme Monday: Hee-Hee-Hoo These Memes Are For You!

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by by

Have you ever talked to anyone about natural childbirth, only to have them look back at you like you are an alien. Well, if you loved your natural childbirth experience or are hoping to have a natural childbirth, these memes are for you.

We should all labor on our back, because the hospital’s way I always the right way.




Apparently Midwife is a BAD Word…

Monday, August 27th, 2012 by by

I say this because as soon as I told my doctor that I had a midwife and was planning to use her. She gave me an attitude like I’d just dropped the C-bomb in her office.

My doctor’s demeanor completely changed; she went from this super-friendly lady I’d met 6 months ago to Omarosa. She didn’t come right out and say, “So, Karith when did you become a traitor to the medical profession?” But she did ask me what my reasoning was. When I proclaimed that I wanted to do as natural a birth as possible, you would have thought I’d just removed my panties and peed right there on her floor (something that could have happened had I sneezed too hard - see: Didja Pee A Little?) Then to add insult to injury I said, “Plus I don’t want to be shot up with Pitocin if I don’t need it.” Well, that was the dump on her floor heard ’round the world.

Since becoming pregnant and trying to do as much research as we could without becoming overly obsessed (more…)

Tips for a Natural Birth

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 by by

If you are choosing to have a natural birth without pain medication, here are some tips from Lamaze International to help you have a smooth and natural birth. Talk with your support person beforehand to let them know what your plan is for the birth.  Remember to listen to your body’s cues and rhythm.  Having a natural birth can happen, but make sure that you are prepared for medical intervention.

1.   Find a place that will support your choice of a natural birth.  Whether this is at a hospital, home, or in a birth center, choose a place that supports your choice of birth.

2.   Look for a healthcare provider that will support you in your choice of having a natural birth.  Many women have found that the care provided by midwives and doulas includes more labor support and less medical intervention.

3.   Do not request or agree to induction of labor unless it is medically necessary to do so.  It is a good idea to let your body go into labor on its own, because that is the best sign that your baby is ready to be born.  Give your body time to find its own pace and rhythm during labor and don’t focus on the clock.  Don’t use any medications such as Pitocin to speed your labor.

4.   Try moving during labor.  You will be much more comfortable if you are able to move around freely, and your labor will progress much quicker. If you stay upright and respond to the pain of your labor by changing positions, your baby will move through the birth canal easily.  Try different positions such as rocking, straddling a chair, lunging, walking, and slow dancing with a partner.

Labour & Delivery


My Next Birth Experience- Must include chocolate

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 by by

My next birth experience will be in roughly 107 days, at a hospital located about 15 minutes from my home, and will hopefully be attended by my Midwife, my husband, and my doula.

Things I would like to be different from my first birth.

  • pitI do not want to be induced again.
  • I do not want to be chained to an IV pole and fetal monitor.
  • I do not want to have limited access to a shower. (I had none.)
  • I do not want to be barred from any food from the start of labor until giving birth. (I did not eat for over 24 hours, and all I could think about was food, not my labor or my baby.)
  • I do not want to receive pain medication. (I did receive an epidural. Though the nap was nice, I am hoping having food, not being induced, and laboring at home more will prevent this.)
  • I do not want to be told when to push.
  • I do not want my baby to be prevented from nursing within the first 45 minutes because he is breathing a tiny bit funny.

Things I want to be the same as my first birth. (more…)


Learning Lessons & Following a Dream

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by by

This blog post was intended to simply be a write-up about my meeting last night at San Francisco General Hospital regarding their volunteer doula program. Instead, or really in addition to, I get to admit yet another life lesson the Universe dished out to me.

The background….

Back in 2007, as my husband and I prepared to get married and start a family right away, I began to research the type of birth I would want. I had always been fascinated with water birthing and that naturally drove me to get educated about natural, med-free childbirth (NCB). I was soon swept up in the NCB movement.

After a year of daily participation on the Natural Childbirth Board and developing (more…)

Natural Birth In My Life

Monday, April 12th, 2010 by by

When my husband and I decided to start trying to conceive I had no idea just how much my ideas on birth would change before our baby arrived. In fact, I assumed I would just go with the flow of whatever my OB told me. I knew very little about the birth process and was sure that doctors always knew best.

Then, as soon as we found out we were going to have a baby I decided I wanted to try for a natural birth. My mother had done it and my sister in law had done it twice. I figured if they could do it and women had been doing it all throughout history, then I could too. Of course, everyone told me to just take the epidural and not to try to be a hero. Women would laugh and say I’d change my mind once the contractions started.

I learned to stop talking about it and started (more…)

Childbirth – It should be a magical moment every time

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

Since I have been part of JustMommies for over 5 years I have seen a lot of discussions about childbirth.  I have had two medicated vaginal births, an emergency csection, an unmedicated vbac, a really long and arduous childbirth, a really fast labor, and childbirth that didn’t go according to plan more than once.  I think I have had a taste of it all.

It has taken me time to realize how magical childbirth is no matter how it happens.  After I had my son, I remember defensively telling everyone about how long his childbirth was and having to explain to everyone why I ended up getting an epidural – like I really had to explain this.  Lots of women get epidurals and they shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it, but for some reason we do – or I did.

When I had Angie, I didn’t even bother trying.  After all, my first attempt (more…)