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  #1  
June 28th, 2010, 11:34 AM
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for btdt moms:

is there anything you would change now that you know what to expect? (for example, did you plan to go natural once and next time you're going straight for the epidural? Or did you plan on an epidural but not have time and plan to go natural) or anything of that nature?



for first time moms:
what are you nervous about? maybe our experiences can help you feel more at ease!
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June 28th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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is there anything you would change now that you know what to expect?

I wasn't enthusiastic about being induced, but after my induction experience I'll be much, much less likely to agree to induction unless there truly is no other option and even then I'd want to skip the cervical ripening agents. And never, ever allowing them to administer stadol...seriously, that drug sucks - didn't help the pain in the slightest and made the room spin non-stop for hours.
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June 28th, 2010, 11:00 PM
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I plan on homebirths from now on... I don't want a MEDwife I don't want an OB and I definitely don't want the epidural again...

If I do end up with a hospital birth again I know I will be staying MW right from the get go...
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June 29th, 2010, 01:51 PM
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I'll be eating much healthier (I didn't eat badly, I only gained 18lb) but I'll be eating to avoid pre-e. I would do a homebirth, except I absolutely adore my midwife and the hospital I deliver at. Also, due to where we live, no homebirht MW

I will be getting a doula, and having a birth photographer.

I am fairly happy with how things went as far as my birth, despite the emergency induction.


i would love to push the next one out in the water, which will happen as long as things go well Bry was supposed to be, but since I was on Magnesium for so long they wouldn't let me use the shower
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July 6th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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I would have not gotten induced with my first. I wanted to go natural without any drugs. Little did i know that induction makes it quite more painful.
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July 7th, 2010, 01:53 PM
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i would've been armed with more info on what's happening during labor etc and ways to help cope with the pain. I did okay but i did get to the point where i just let myself become overwhelmed with the pain.
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July 24th, 2010, 05:21 PM
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I would have a photographer also. Pics of Stella's birth suck and I even had to yell at my mom and DH to grab the camera because it was just laying on the table!

I would try to naturally induce labor at 38 weeks. I am induced at 39 for medical reasons and I would really like to go into labor on my own.

And I will demand that they not put the IV in my hand, even if it means calling an IV nurse. I want my freaking IV in my arm, and I know it can be put there!
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July 28th, 2010, 02:13 PM
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Hopefully I don't ever need an IV again, but I agree, Liz..if I have to have one I definitely DONT want it in my wrist! I want it in my arm too.
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August 5th, 2010, 06:33 AM
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I wish I had known the risks of a c/s better, the ones at the time AND the risk it carries down the road if you carry another child. I wish I had had a more open mind about my options, and not thought only the "perfect" at one with the universe earth mamas could pull those options off. I was definitely young & dumb...and overwhelemed, and scared!

The best advice I could give anyone is to come to boards like JM, or anywhere you can surround yourself with a diverse, large group of moms, then READ READ READ and ASK ASK ASK! We just don't know what we don't know, until someone lets us know! Kinda like when you are 16, you think you know it all & have it all figured out. Then you age, life whacks ya around a lil, and it's only once you realize you'll NEVER know it all that we truly have knowledge.
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August 5th, 2010, 11:41 PM
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Thinking about it I would definatly have stayed home longer then I did...
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August 17th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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I wish I had asked for more time with the cervadil before starting pitocin. The fact that my cervix was completely unchanged after 12 hours of cervadil and irregular contractions was a warning sign that I ignored. I also wish that I had not let them exceed the original max dosage. The standard pit protocols at my hospital are to not exceed 20 (not sure what it's measured in??). When I got to 20, the pit wasn't having any measurable effect on my contrx so they authorized an increase to 30. I should NEVER have allowed that. All my problems started after the pitocin was at max (30) for a few hours. I wish I had said "no - if this isn't working let's go back to the cervadil and try again tomorrow." Or better yet, "Screw you guys, I'm going home."
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August 18th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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With #1 I wouldn't have gone to my scheduled 38w appt or to the hospital after my appt when my water broke. I'd have quietly gone home with dh and had the baby there. Or I would have pressed the issue to check out the birth center.

With #2, I wouldn't have had my mother there. She was up visitting for 2 weeks.

With #3, nothing. It was awesome, all 4 days.
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