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October 22nd, 2008, 04:00 PM
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At my midwife appointment today she told me the birth story of a lady who gave birth this weekend. She said she started out labor very early in the morning. She thought she was deep in labor but my midwife watched and saw she wasn't having contractions when the mommy thought she was. She thought ever little pain was a contraction which might have just been the baby moving. She was very fussy early in labor when she wasn't even starting to progress at all. My midwife came and checked on her but left for the day to give her some time.

Hours later, contractions were up to 2 min. apart. She was incredibly focused and working great through labor. Her contractions were nearly silent and she just stared into her husbands eyes to work through them while breathing gently but deeply. She only grunted and moaned the last half hour of pushing. She had the baby at 6pm.

Now that baby is born, she flinches at breast feeding pains.

The interesting insight from my midwife was that she couldn't handle the little pains but she worked just like a pro through the biggest pain of her life, labor. I find this valuable because an excuse I often hear from women why they want the drugs and epidural is that they have no tolerance to pain. You might come to think that from the little pains in your life but it doesn't mean you won't be able to handle a natural birth. It gives me extra confidence so I wanted to share this.
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October 22nd, 2008, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for sharing. I love hearing any story about a successful NCB.
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October 22nd, 2008, 06:30 PM
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Thanks for sharing!
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October 22nd, 2008, 06:34 PM
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true, like how a paper cut or a hangnail can be torture!!
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October 22nd, 2008, 09:56 PM
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it's soooo true! Labor pain is just different. it's not like a broken arm, or a cut or even cramps. It has a purpose and goal and an end in sight. It's a totally different experience!
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October 22nd, 2008, 10:40 PM
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True, I am such a woose about pain, but labor is so different.
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October 23rd, 2008, 06:25 AM
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That's kind of similar to how my labor with DD was. In the beginning I thought oh man I am in for a ride, but as I got further along in my labor it was easier to focus and it wasn't really painful anymore at all.

THanks for sharing!
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October 23rd, 2008, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for sharing that. It goes to show that when you focus and concentrate on what you have to do, you can do it. Your mind, your emotions play such a huge role in how you handle things.
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October 24th, 2008, 04:57 AM
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That really is true! I thought when I was in transition that there was no way I was going to make it through the rest of labor but once it came time to push I was able to focus all of my energy on that and I honestly don't even remember there being pain during pushing other than the ring of fire. Thank you for sharing!
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October 27th, 2008, 11:05 AM
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Wow that is amazing! I am a newbie to this area of JM, but really want to learn as much about this as possible before I conceive. Thanks for sharing !!!
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October 30th, 2008, 01:26 PM
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That's true in a lot of aspects of life. Such as: I'm a wuss for sticking up for myself, but the Mama Bear comes out when it needs to for the defense of my family's lifestyle/parenting.
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October 30th, 2008, 02:29 PM
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That's true, thanks for sharing!
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October 30th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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"Such as: I'm a wuss for sticking up for myself, but the Mama Bear comes out when it needs to for the defense of my family's lifestyle/parenting."

I am SUCH a mama bear!
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