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This is my first time on this particular board but I'm hoping to have an unmedicated birth come May 17th... it's my first, so I'm pretty scared! I'm not sure what I should read first. I'm reading a few books right now... but still trying to collect tips, any suggestions regarding where/what I should read? Thanks!
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (which, a few women on here suggested and I'm in the middle of it, I am really enjoying it!) Try not to be scared! Education is power, so you are doing the right thing to start reading up! Also, try to stay positive and only listen to positive experiences!
Thank you for my beautiful siggy Vicki!
I loved pushed, but I would NOT recommend it for anyone who has never given birth before. I think it will install much more fear than any new mom needs entering labor for the first time. Just my opinion.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth is a great place to start. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, The Bradley Method book has lots of excellent information. Check out the subforum here for lots of good sites and articles/information.
Do you plan on taking a natural minded class? Is your doc/midwife natural friendly? How is the hospital?
^^ I can see that about Pushed, but I know that when I was pregnant my first time I read and saw things that were scary to me withOUT the statistics and truth behind it. Kwim? At least if some facts will scare you there are true reason to what's going on.. if that makes sense lol. But no I do agree that it's probably not best for EVERY first time mom, but then again nothing really is.
Moon Maiden: Thankfully the hospital is quite accommodating; they have jacuzzi tubs that I will be using during the labor (they won't allow delivery in the tub though) and I also plan on trying hypnobirthing--I've heard so many good things about it.
both hypno programs have pretty high success rates. I have heard slightly better things about hypnobabies. Are you going to take an actual class or do home study?
Where in MA are you?
I would do a deeper investigation into the tub at your hospital. For example, when it the last time it was actually used? Will they be ready for you to use it? This was a problem I had at the hospital I had my daughter at. I chose it especially for their NCB friendly climate, and the tub. I got there, the nurse took TWO hours to do my intake, in that time I went from 3 cm to 9cm and it was too late to get into the tub.
tips: have them start the tub while they are doing the intake, not after! Make sure someone you are with (husband, SO, doula whoever) asks them. And have them double check after! You will most likely be unable to make requests like that when you are concentrating on labor. Often women have a hard time expressing their needs or even recognizing them. I had this issue big time.