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  #2  
December 12th, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Ask Lisa for sure.

I've had all c sections.
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December 12th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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My first I had an OB, induced because of high BP, pitocin. I got an epi as the pitocin made contractions too unbearable. I ended up with a 2nd degree tear....

With my daughter, I had an NCB. I had wanted one with my first, but that obviously didn't happen. In order to ensure I had a better chance, I sought out a midwife. I looked up all the local ones and found one that came highly recommended by a lot of people. She also delivers at a hospital that is NCB-friendly. So find those two things and your odds of achieving a NCB will already be higher.

For the birth itself...I think you have to find a way to not be afraid, and to just "roll with the punches" so to speak.....take each contraction one at a time. The hard contractions were the worst part for me, but I found that if I closed my eyes and ignored the world and just focused on getting through it, it wasn't that bad. The actual pushing part....I didn't even have to try! My body started pushing on its own, which is so cool and amazing, IMO. I think that's why I didn't tear or get stitches this time either. Also, the crowing really didn't hurt either..it hurt a little for seconds, until I naturally just went numb down there. Umm...what else...oh, water. Water birth tubs are awesome...the warm water really helps dull the contractions. Definitely try that.
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December 12th, 2010, 03:56 PM
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yes i had no choice with lucas, i wanted an epi but i was too far gone, his birth HURT ALOT!! lol but it all happened very quickly, he was born 1.5hours after getting to hospital it was an intense labour but i also had a natural birth with lacey and it was good, not ever so painful, i remember her birth being quite easy! just focus and every contraction just keep telling yourself that you are one step closer to meeting your baby that is what helped me get through with lacey
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December 12th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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Nope, I'm the epidural's #1 fan.
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December 12th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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I have had both an epidural and a birth with no drugs!

With my daughter I labored very well until about 7cm when my water broke and the contractions were soo painful I had to make the decision to either have it then or not at all so I decided to get the epidural! My epidural worked awesome and I felt so pain at all and didn't even know I was having contractions at all and had a very smooth labor.

With my son I was also planning on getting an epidural but by the time I got to the hospital I was already dialating soo fast there was no time! I was soo scared of birthing with no pain medication but my doctor looked at me and assured me that I could do it. Let me tell you I have never felt pain like that before and I even forgot some details of the birth because I was in another world. I even got to watch the birth because I had a mirror and wow what an experience. I was in soo much pain but I knew I wanted to get him out so somehow I mustered the strength and in two pushes he was out and the pain was gone and I was soo darn happy! I like to tell people it was the most painful, but most amazing experience of my life to actually experience birthing naturally! To be honest I would do it all over again but this time I would love to give birth in a tub in a hospital

Sarah- we seemed to have a very similar birth experience!

Wehadamoment- You can totally do it if you put your mind to it and the healing time was shorter for me too!
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December 12th, 2010, 09:17 PM
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I had epis with all of mine. I almost had natural with Ellie. I really wanted a natural delivery but then ended up being induced and on pit and I had been at 4cm without progress for several hours and the pain was getting bad. Well as soon as I got the epi in and they had me on my side so it could set up I felt her moving down the birth canal and she was born a few min later. So I had a small amount of relief from the epi for about 20 min but basically I went from 4cm to 10 with her crowning in about 30 min. It was intensely painful but I now know that I can make it without the epi since I only had partial relief for 4 contractions and then they turned it off because I was ready to push and she was out in 3 contractions. It was a lot more hectic than my other deliveries that I had with the epi where I wasn't in pain but that was also due to how fast she came and I was afraid they weren't going to be ready and she was just going to pop out of me onto the floor or something while they were running around getting ready.
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December 13th, 2010, 05:47 AM
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Just wanted to say good luck... Many women do it natural... You can do it...

I was induced because of blood pressure issues with first for 2 days which ended up in a csection and second I had a planned csection
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December 13th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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After having an epidural do irreversible damage and I couldn't walk or take care of Rylie for the 1st week of life, I refused to EVER get another epidural (that epi didn't even work anyway!! She was my first natural birth but I did attempt to get drugs so it was accidental LoL) . I'm a strong believer that our bodies are made to do this, especially after my bad experience. If you go into it telling yourself you can't, you'll fail. Every doctor (even OBs I've had) say it's all a mind thing. If you believe you can, you'll succeed. All I can say is my natural birth was the most beautiful, empowering birth I've ever had. I never felt stronger or more proud of myself the moment they placed him on my chest. I was able to stand up within 5 mins, bathe my son with the nurses... Andy was such a huge help and it's a major bonding experience. Reliving the memory of Seth's birth makes me feel so warm and fuzzy and connected to Andy in a way I didn't think was possible. You'll find that, sure, it's uncomfortable but take each contraction one at a time. I got in the shower when they broke my water because my contractions got very intense which helped. Visualization and mind over matter is super helpful. Any midwife or doctor will tell you; as soon as you feel like you're experiencing the most severe pain that you've felt through that labor, you're almost done! It was so true for me. You're in pain but you hit a point where no matter what you do, you're in agony. 10 mins later (after crawling out of the shower and making it to the bed LoL) Seth was here after 2 pushes. The contraction pain goes away as soon as you start pushing but it burns a little bit at the vaginal opening when the baby comes out but for me it wasn't anything major. Anyway, I could go on all day about it obviously so if you have any specific questions, ask away

Actually, here's a link to what I wrote after I was home from the hospital

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December 13th, 2010, 08:46 AM
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Hmm, My story is a little confusing.
I had an epi with DS #1. But it didn't work, at all. Once it was in, and should have worked, the dr put an ice cube on my leg and asked if i could feel it. I said yes (because I felt not only the coldness, but it rubbing on my leg) They upped the dosage as much as they could, and I could still feel everything. I also had the laughing gas, that did nothing.
I went through the whole thing feeling what was natural. It wasn't too bad IMO.
Towards the end, the contractions hurt the worst. When his head was coming out it just felt like a REALLY bad snake bite (Ya know, when someone grabs your arm, and turns both ways) But then again, I only pushed 3 times and his head was out. Had it been hours like some people, I'm positive I wouldn't have the same opinion about it.

With DS#2 I tried to keep it natural, however, I needed to be induced. I'd made it 14 hours and to 6-7CM before I needed to have an emerg. c section. and the rest of my babies were c sections.
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December 14th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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You can do it, Sarah!!

I had an epi with Avery. And I loved it for the pain, don't get me wrong. BUT...it left me with an epidural headache for over a week that was MISERABLE!! I went a whole week without being able to sit or stand for more than 5 minutes because my head hurt so bad.

If you don't have an epidural, you don't have a chance of dealing with that!! Haha.
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December 14th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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I had an epidural, but it only worked for two hours and was long gone before it was time to push so I guess I sort of had natural childbirth but not by choice. I don't really have any advice, I just did like others said and tried my best to get through each contraction. I know you can do it!
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December 14th, 2010, 07:40 PM
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I had big dreams for a NCB but unfortunately it all ended with a c/s...which yes I took the spinal for at that poing
I practiced hypnobirthing and it really helped. It helped me to relax with thinking about my delivery while I was pregnant, it also really helps with sleeping using those cds at night. I had spontaneous ROM in the night and then laboured naturally until 11:30am when they started pitocin. From this point on I had contractions every 2 min and did not take anything. It was hard but not unbearable and to be honest I was too busy to think about it. I did not dilate one bit with all of this going on so I don't know how much more/less painful that would make it. At midnight they did the c/s.
I will do NCB next time if I don't need a c/s.
My sister's had all 3 of hers 100% natural and it was amazing to be there with her. The good news is that they got progressively easier for her and she never reconsidered her decisions.
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December 15th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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I've had 3 natural births- as in vaginal without pitocin... the first I don't know if some would count as "natural" because I had an IV to help with the pain. the last two were drug free. The biggest thing that I found helped me was during each contraction to just pick something and keep repeating it over and over (in my head) while doing my breathing like- "each contraction is bringing me closer to meeting my baby" or we're going to name him Malachi and he's going to be beautiful", or "each contraction is helping me dilate... etc..." I can tell you that when I said "this is really stupid and can't possibly be helping" and just cried during them they seemed to hurt worse and last longer. I second water during labor- it definetly helps ease the pain some.
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December 15th, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Everything the previous poster posted is so true! I've never had pit so I don't know how a natural birth would be with that since pit is supposedly the devil, or so I'm told LoL. Focusing on breathing (even moaning helped me) or an imagine, thought, or idea is what got me through. Andy too, he was amazing
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December 15th, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Great thread! I am seeing a midwife in hopes of having a ncb this time. Great encouragement here!
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