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January 6th, 2013, 04:45 PM
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Welcome! I'm so sorry for your experience. It is a very real thing to leave a birth traumatized, so don't feel like that's not important. I would encourage you try to talk through your experience (maybe with your friend/doula since she was present? Or a supportive midwife), and work through your fears before this next baby. Fear from trauma can cause tension and prolong labor.

May I ask what type of birthing classes you have already done? One point I want to make is that being educated on labor and birth stages, and being educated in coping/relaxation methods are very different. Even if you are not planning on going natural this time, I would highly recommend looking into a natural birth class such as Bradley, which will teach you several different methods of relaxation during contractions, so you can choose what works for you at the time.

Again Welcome! I hope you find the support here that you need to help heal and prepare.
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