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January 23rd, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Hello!

I have lurked on this board throughout TTC and also throughout this pregnancy. Since we are getting to the point that we are scheduling birthing classes, I figured it was about time to come out of lurk-mode and actually post a bit!

A bit about me... I am Lauren, engaged to William. I am almost 25 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a little girl that we have named Alice Lennon. My goal is to have a completely med-free birth in a hospital setting, although I am not *completely* against asking for the drugs if I find that I must. My mother, who had two NCBs herself, is actually strongly encouraging me to get the epidural. Well, encouraging isn't the right word- more like pushing me! She is making it a bit difficult to even talk about our birthing plans, and it is hard to not have much support outside of DF. So I am hoping that I can get some support in you lovely ladies!

We are scheduling classes at a local natural/organic parenting store called Baby Moon/Mother Nurture, and I couldn't be more excited to really start with this process!

I look forward to getting to know all of you lovely mommas!
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January 23rd, 2009, 10:32 PM
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Hi I'm Christy. I'm 28 weeks along and hoping for a drug free birth after a c-section. Hope to get to know you better!!
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January 24th, 2009, 03:51 AM
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Hi!!!!!! That class sounds great!!!!

I am Meredith (30) and almost 20 weeks pregnant and at a birth center.

If DF is on your side and supportive, and you educate yourself prior to the baby being born, I think you will have the tools to achieve a NCB. Have your mom read Ina May's book and Heider Goer(sp?) book called "thinking womans guide to childbirth" (or something like that)
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January 24th, 2009, 05:36 AM
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if you mom is being pushy just say "My birthing plans are not up for discussion" and change the subject. You can repete that phrase, or variations, over and over.

And I'm sure you'll find tons of support on this board! Also- a doula can provide lots of additional IRL support and encouragement, if you need it. A doula makes a lot of difference. And with such a great class I bet they would be able to give wonderful reccomendations.
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January 24th, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

Baby Moon also offers doula services, and I am thinking of looking into it more when we go in to pay for the classes. I think it would be a great addition! I am wondering though- what is it that a doula actually does?
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January 25th, 2009, 04:54 AM
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Welcome Lauren!!! I'm Cindy, one of the co-hosts here, and from your DDC. I'm so happy to see you here!

I agree that a doula sounds like it could be a great addition to your supportive husband. A doula is someone who provides support to the laboring mother and is a great asset, especially in the hospital setting. She can be a buffer between you and the nurses/doctors there when you arrive and can help you achieve your goals of a NCB. Studies have shown that women are much, much happier with their birth experiences when they have a doula present. I would highly recommend it! Also, we have several doulas (including CherylK) that are on this board so I'm sure they can give you even more detail as to how it would benefit you. Plus, we have a few ladies in training to be a doula as well (Cheryl33 and ShaunaB).

We are here to support you and if there is anything at all I can do to help you please let me know. You CAN do this!
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January 27th, 2009, 08:38 PM
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement Cindy! Its nice to recognize someone here!

I would love input from doulas/doulas-in-training!
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January 28th, 2009, 02:50 AM
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Hi! *waves* you know me so will not do my little intro. SO glad your out!
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January 28th, 2009, 04:16 AM
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Hello! Im Sarah mama to the gorgeous girls in my siggy. I look forward to "seeing" you around here! Oh and I second or third the doula if you can afford one!
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January 28th, 2009, 05:28 AM
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement Cindy! Its nice to recognize someone here!

I would love input from doulas/doulas-in-training![/b]
You're welcome! I'm going to make a separate post for all doulas and doulas-in-training to answer questions and for others to ask them. I hope that will help you.
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January 28th, 2009, 05:53 AM
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Welcome! I'm Andrea, mom to Abigail, 2 and Anna, born last month. I had an epidural for pushing with Abigail and labored and delivered Anna naturally, and I will never do it any other way! There was something so empowering and beautiful about the whole process, that an epidural and other interventions just takes away. You are making a great decision and it sounds like you are on the right track!
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January 30th, 2009, 06:22 AM
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hi, welcome and congrats! I'm Cheryl, co-host here. Sorry I am replying late but I just got back from a big vacation on Monday and am getting back into real life.

I think you are doing a good thing for yourself with the classes that are geared specifically for med free birth. I don't know what's up with your mom but I agree with Cheryl, can you be firm and tell her that what you need is encouragement and not doubt? Why does she seem to have such strong feelings on YOUR birth? I also suggest you have her stay far away from your birth. She isn't going to help at all.

A doula is a true gift to yourself for your birth experience. I had my daughter in a small hospital which was very NCB friendly but I ended up with a crappy nurse who was slow and new. Without my doula I would have been up $hits creek so to speak. She was a lifesaver in many ways. And we had developed a relationship with her beforehand, so she was familiar to me, but not as familiar as my husband, not as emotionally involved, and very familiar and experienced in both giving birth and assisting birth. She was well worth the money. You can also usually find students looking for experience for lower fees or free if cost is an issue.

This store sounds like an amazing resource!

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January 30th, 2009, 06:48 AM
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Those classes sound fantastic, I'm excited for you! My name is Tiffany, DH is Bobby, and we have daughter named Rayne who just turned two on January 5th. We JUST found out we're expecting baby #2 and we're due in early October I'll be 5 weeks on Sunday. This board is WONDERFUL and you'll find all the love and support for a natural birth you'll ever need, glad to have you here
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January 30th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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Welcome! I'm Ashley (22) married to Chris (26), and we have an almost 16 month old son, Nicholas and are expecting our second, a daughter in late April. The ladies here are wonderful for support and answers to any of your questions. It sounds like you have a great start on the road to a NCB though!! Can't wait to get to know you!
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