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Hello! Iím Rose, my husband and I have two sons - Joe who is 7 and Jayden who is 2 Ĺ and our 3rd little monkey is due in May! Thought Iíd hop over here and say hello. Weíre going all natural this time around! No drugs, no hospitals, nothing!
Iím actually terrified becauseÖ 1, I have two inductions in my past - absolutely never had any contractions (without meds), didnít even dilate with my 2nd, went overdue with both kids 2, had both of them in a hospital where I had access to drugs and 3, Iím not nearly as confident in myself as my midwife! This time, we are using a midwife and a birthing center, both of which I really love so Iím hoping that my body will do its thing and HAVE A BABY!
I really want to go this way, my two previous deliveries were so far from what I wanted, this time I just want everything to be MY choice. I donít want hooked up to IVís, I donít want to be checked every 30 seconds and confined to a bed, starved, treated like Iím in for major surgery when Iím just having a baby! And my midwife agrees with all of that, theyíre very relaxed and they do very minimal everything - no paps, very little blood work, and everything beyond the basic blood work is optional so Iíve turned down pretty much all of it. Not to mention the birthing center is just like home with a big bed and tub in each room and the staff is just awesome so Iím looking forward to that. But Iím worried about pain management and going into labor. Iím already starting to research pain management because Iím soo sure Iíll need lots of it lol. But more so than that Iím very concerned about going into labor. Since I never have Iím really worried I wonít. My midwife says sheís never had a woman not deliver and I tell her yeah but youíve never had ME lol. My fear is going through this whole pregnancy with my midwife and ending up at the hospital being induced by some doctor Iíve never met!
Has anyone had previous inductions (2 or more) and went on to have a natural labor?
Hey hun! I thought I recognized your username. We are in the same DDC. Congrats on deciding to go to a birthing center this time around. You are going to do fine! You should read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. That is an amazing book and will help you to get your bearings. Your body can absolutely do this. It was MADE to do this. I was induced with my son after we thought my water had broken and was still able to go naturally otherwise. This time I am going to a birthing center as well and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being able to move around as I wish and to just relax in a home like setting. When you say you were overdue with your last two babies, do you mean you were past 40 weeks or past 42 weeks? Some people consider 40 weeks overdue but you're not actually overdue until you are past 42 weeks. In fact, the average gestation for a first time mother is 41 weeks 1 day I believe.
I know I didn't exactly answer your question but know that you can do this. You will be amazed at what your body will be able to do and how well you'll handle it.
Congratulations and welcome! I'm Andrea, mom to Abigail (2) and expecting our second in just over 3 weeks. My daughter wasn't born completely natural, I had an epidural when I was 10cm so I didn't feel the pushing phase. I am also using a birth center and midwives this time though, and I'm excited about having a natural birth.
I dont' have any experience with induction, but I think part of labor and delivery is the unknown. There is no way to predict what is going to happen, and sometimes things happen that we dont' expect. You have a really good start by seeing a midwife this time around, though and I think that will help you achieve the birth you want.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
I think a lot of what you need to do is prepare yourself MENTALLY and build your condfidence in your ability to have a natural labor, this is what you body was designed to do! : ) Try googling natural birth affirmations, research and read a lot, and just surround yourself in positivity and knowledge on the birthing process. I tend to think the more you know about your body and giving labor... EXACTLY what is going on every step of the way... the more confident you will be in your abilities to handle the situation.
Thank you all for the replies! I'll definitely grab that book! I'm working on a rather extensive reading list for Dh and myself lol. Going this route kind of feels like the 1st time all over again, but I am looking forward to it. It's going to be wonderful not being tied down to a bed, having the option to be up moving, use the tub, the balls, the stools. I think that alone will make a huge difference in my ability to manage pain. Because I did last pretty long with my 2nd without meds (8cm, about 9 out of the 12 hrs), it didn't really get bad until the nurses started insisting I stay in the bed, blah!