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December 3rd, 2008, 10:08 AM
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I've been lurking here for several days...and figured I'd introduce myself.
My name is Sarah, I'm 21, me and DH have been married for almost 2 years (he's 28). Yep...I was married when I was 19. Anyways, this is our first...conceived totally naturally despite a fertility specialist telling me that I would never be able to get pregnant on my own. I found a midwife that encouraged me to take my time with fertility treatments and try on my own for a little while so I've stuck with her during my pregnancy.

I'm actually delivering in a hospital that, despite not having any significant difference in the number of high risk pregnancies, has a c section rate of almost 40%. I'm very nervous about this but I talked it over with my midwife during my first appointment. She encouraged me to stay out of the hospital for as long as possible and I learned that if I refused the epidural I would also be allowed to refuse the IV, and I wouldn't have to have the EFM put on me...that they would just check manually every half an hour or so. I was already planning on doing NCB, but this only cemented the fact that I needed to do it this way in order to avoid a possible c section. So anyways...like I said, this is my first so I don't know what to expect in labor.
I did have the oppurtunity to assist in the birth of my youngest sister when I was 14. My mom has had 8 children, all without any pain mediciation whatsoever...the last one being induced. I feel a lot more comfortable with labor, knowing that I've seen someone whose pain tolerance I know go through it. I also feel a lot more comfortable becuase I know that I only have to get to a certain point before it's to late for me to go back. lol. But hopefully that experiance does help me.

I never realized (until I got pregnant) that there was so much controversy over NCB and other options. I assumed that most everyone did it naturally just becuase that was all I was familiar with. My mom is not really a NCB advocate, she just doesn't take any medicine she doesn't think she needs.

Anyways...I look forward to lurking around here more often...and hopefully I'll be able to post my story in 23ish weeks.
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December 3rd, 2008, 10:59 AM
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I'm so glad you've officially joined us Sarah! I'm Cindy, one of the co-hosts here, and also from your current DDC. I had my son naturally in a hospital, despite being induced and it was difficult but I did it. This baby we are having in a birthing center with midwives and I couldn't be more excited about it. If you haven't already I would highly recommend reading Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth. Hope to see you posting here more!
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December 3rd, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Hi and

Congrats on your pregnancy! From your post is seems like you will have a lot of strong support from your family with your NCB decision.

I wouldn't call myself an NCB advocate either but I think that persons should do their research and make the most informed decision that's in the best interest of themself and their baby. For me, I've chosen NCB because as a relatively healthy individual, I think that a drug-free birth is the best option for me and my baby. However, I do have to get clearance from my doctor on Saturday regarding if I can proceed with this option because at 20w my placenta was measuring close to the opening of my cervix and may pose a problem with NCB if it has not moved. A C-Section would be my ultimate last resort.

Like you too, I am amazed at the number of persons who seem opposed to NCB. I've had persons ask me why I would want to go through all that pain in this technology age. Actually almost everytime I tell persons of my chosen method for birthing I have to justify why I would want to do something like this. It's amazing how many people say, "hmm, you think you can deal with that pain but we'll see." Even persons who have not had a child are so afraid of something they have never experienced.

Anyway, I hope that you will continue to have a pretty good pregnancy and that you will be able to deliver naturally at the end of your journey.
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December 3rd, 2008, 11:26 AM
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Welcome Sarah! It's wonderful that you have your mom for inspiration. And congrats on getting pregnant naturally despite what your OB said. I've heard that story before with other friends. It's too bad more women weren't like you and thought natural was the only way.

It sounds as though you already have quite a bit of knowledge and experience so I'd say you are well on your way to getting the NCB you desire. I look forward to your posting throughout your pregnancy.
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December 3rd, 2008, 01:00 PM
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December 3rd, 2008, 03:11 PM
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Hi Sarah! I'm with you over at the May DDC too. It's nice to see you over here, makes me feel like I'm not completely alone. I've become more aware of the controversary over NCB only since becoming pregnant, I guess I never really paid much attention to it or gave it much thought before. But it seems like anyone that I know who has had babies recently has the general opinion that one must be crazy to go natural, so I tend to keep my thoughts and opinions about NCB to myself since I don't want to argue about something that is ultimately my decision anyway. But again, nice to see you here. :-)
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December 3rd, 2008, 03:19 PM
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welcome! You'll learn a lot on this forum.

I feel that the controversy is more apparent in some DDC and groups of friends then in others.

My local hospitals have an almost 50% cesarean rate! Itr's horrible. But my clients at least have a much better rate, thankfully. Laboring at home is awesome, such a great way to avoid interventions. If you really want to stay home for a long time you can have a doula (or your mom- sounds liek she would be great too), that way you don't go in too early.
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December 3rd, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Welcome and congrats on your pregnancy! I'm Jennifer (26) and my fiance and I are TTC our first. The ladies here are wonderful! Looking forward to getting to know you.
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December 3rd, 2008, 06:09 PM
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Welcome!! Good luck on your NCB journey!
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December 3rd, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Welcome Sarah!
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December 4th, 2008, 07:45 AM
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welcome! You'll learn a lot on this forum.

I feel that the controversy is more apparent in some DDC and groups of friends then in others.

My local hospitals have an almost 50% cesarean rate! Itr's horrible. But my clients at least have a much better rate, thankfully. Laboring at home is awesome, such a great way to avoid interventions. If you really want to stay home for a long time you can have a doula (or your mom- sounds liek she would be great too), that way you don't go in too early.[/b]

Wow that's a crazy rate! I am trying to convince my mom to be there with me...I really want someone I can trust there to do "battle" with the doctors once I'm to far gone and DH is to upset..lol. I was talking about it with her over Thanksgiving and telling her my plan to just walk around the mall (2 minutes from the Hospital) until I was ready to go in...her advice was "Once you don't think you can do it a second longer...it's usually time to go to the hospital"

Thanks for welcoming me! I'm excited to learn from you ladies and keep planning towards a NCB!
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