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December 3rd, 2008, 06:33 PM
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I just discovered you guys after I posted about my upcoming birth in my DDC.

I'm Stephanie. I'm 36 and preggo with #4. I was induced with #1and was fully medicated. Had #2 naturally after Bradley classes. Had #3 almost naturally. I was at a hospital and after 55 times of being asked if I was ready for my epidural I finally caved. Sadly, it was about 30 minutes before my baby was born! This time around I'm delivering at a birth center in the area. I'm really excited but at the same time really nervous. I remember how awesome I felt after having a natural birth. My DD was also totally alert and started off her life in the best possible way.

We didn't take a class again this time, although it probably would have been a good idea. I've been reading my Bradley book and practicing my techniques. We hired a birth assistant and are pretty much set to go. The birth center has a hot tub but it's available on a first come first served basis. Usually, there is only one birth going on at a time. I hope I get to use it!

I'm hoping to find some encouragement here. Maybe some words of wisdom that I can take to my birth with me. I know my body will do what it needs to do. I just hope my mind lets go of the anxiety by the time I go into labor!!
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December 3rd, 2008, 07:17 PM
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Welcome and good luck on your NCB journey!
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December 3rd, 2008, 07:25 PM
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December 3rd, 2008, 07:26 PM
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Hi and welcome! I'm Jennifer (26) and my DF and I are TTC our first. It sounds like you have a great plan for this birth and I'm sure you will achieve it. I look forward to getting to know you. The ladies here are wonderful and have so much to share.
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December 3rd, 2008, 09:59 PM
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Welcome Stephanie!!
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December 4th, 2008, 07:08 AM
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Welcome! It looks like you are getting close, hopefully everything goes smoothly for you!

When I first visited my birth center, I saw a canvas hanging on the wall with a saying on it.
"I am not afraid, I was born to do this" - Joan of Arc
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December 4th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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Hi! I'm new here to but I just wanted to say good luck! I think your plan sounds awesome, especially combined with the fact that you have done it before so I'm certain you can do it again!!
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December 4th, 2008, 09:09 AM
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Hi and

You don't have much farther to go! I wish you the best with your delivery!
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December 4th, 2008, 09:23 AM
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it sounds like you're preparing for a wonderful birth. Birth center births are so wonderful, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
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December 4th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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Hi welcome and congrats!! I'm Cheryl, co-host here and mommy to Acadia, born in January. I was with my friend at her birth center birth and it was just wonderful, so cozy and safe. Water usually cuts the sensation by half, so it is a big help.

If you have time to read with 3 kids the book "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" in Ina May Gaskin is wonderful. The whole first half or so of the book is filled with beautiful birth stories. It was so inspirational to me. I'm sure your library will have it or can get it for you.

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December 4th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Welcome Stephanie! I'm Cindy, the other co-host here, and I'm so glad you have found us. If there is anything at all that you have questions about please just ask. It sounds to me like you are preparing very well and I think you're going to do great! We're here for you!
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December 4th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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Welcome to the Board Stephanie!
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