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December 18th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington State
You can do it!! My homebirth was with my 3rd baby and by far the most intense labor! It was really hard to maintain my composure during it. But at the same time it was easier because I was able to
feel at ease and allow myself to focus solely on the labor.
There was very little "interference" (occasional doppler readings and exams), but no worrying about people I didn't know coming in and out, no one was making me do anything I didn't want to. Monitoring the baby's heartbeat was done in whatever position I was in, exams were done when *I* wanted them done. Even though there were some minor distractions, they were normal everyday things and didn't really bother me.
Let yourself labor the way your body needs to. Don't fight it and do what your body is telling you. If you need to move, move! If you need to make noise, do it! That's the beauty of homebirth, no one is going to tell you NOT to do what your body needs.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
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