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June 23rd, 2010, 01:47 PM
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...piece of advice you got about labor/delivery or best thing you learned in a childbirth class (if you went to one)?

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Best advice I got, which came from our childbirth class instructor, was to be flexible with my expectations for my labor and be mentally prepared for the unexpected (which was key, since I had a lot of "unexpected" pop up).
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June 24th, 2010, 04:34 AM
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Best piece of advice was from my mother.

"People do this every day. What makes you think you can't?"
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June 24th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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Best advice I got, which came from our childbirth class instructor, was to be flexible with my expectations for my labor and be mentally prepared for the unexpected (which was key, since I had a lot of "unexpected" pop up).
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You can't "plan" birth. Making a very detailed birth plan is a great way to wind up disappointed in the birth. If you must have a birth plan, choose one or two points that are very important to you and just have those.

I have to add to that: if you're going to a hospital where you think every single detail is vitally important to have written out, then maybe you ought to rethink using that hospital. The hospital really shouldn't be doing interventions that could be harmful but aren't necessary at that time--and if they do it typically (like breaking your water), they really should ask first and easily take "no" as an appropriate answer. If you feel you need to list a dozen things up front that you want or don't want and that you need to explicitly tell them this--chances are that you wouldn't enjoy any birth experience at that hospital.
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June 28th, 2010, 10:43 AM
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Best piece of advice was from my mother.

"People do this every day. What makes you think you can't?"
i remember saying something similar to DH as we went to the hospital - billions and billions of women throughout time have done this and survived (and heck some did it in a field without any help) so surely I can do it too, right?? But it is good advice, especially in those overwhelming moments when you don't think you can do it...
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June 28th, 2010, 10:06 PM
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Was to push like you have to pee really fast...

I did one push like I was bearing down for a bowel movement and it did nothing.. my next push I neared down like I had to pee fast i could feel a big difference. Three pushes after that my daughter was born...
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June 29th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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I honestly didn't seek advice very much. I didn't ask for it, and I pretty much disregarded anything anyone told me. The best advice I had was from myself "no one else has ever given birth with your body, so do what you need to do and to he-- with everyone else!"
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