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I am a member of the March '09 playroom and the May 2012 DDC, as well as a long-time lurker of Natural Childbirth. I figured I may as well start posting, so that I may become an active part of this community and contribute to and receive support in the quest for a natural birth!
With my DD, my husband and I thought we knew what to do and decided against any classes or external support. I woke up 6cm dilated and in excruciating back-labour thanks to poor DD being face-up. I couldn't handle it, I didn't have any coping mechanisms, and before I could even get my name out at the admission desk I was begging for an epidural. This of course did nothing for my back labour, and resulted in my requiring a catheter and remaining in the hospital longer than I would have liked.
This time around, I would love to have a drug-free birth experience and am hoping to go into it much better prepared than I was.
Looking for any advice and help, and I will contribute where I can!
I'm taking a 7 week course at my birth center (required for first timers) and so far it's been great at getting me prepared for a natural birth. Yes, some of the info is redundant and it can be cheesy at times. Overall though I feel really about going into my birthing experience and have an idea of what to expect to be done while I'm there.
Have you read any books or taken classes? I've had 2 successful NCBs (first at hospital, second at home) and will be having this baby at the hospital again. I really recommend researching as much as possible, asking us all questions you may have, etc.
Violet was face first, which is a bit different from face up and I didn't have back labor, but she was stuck for a few hours. There are some positions you can sit in,etc to reduce the chances of sunny side up positioning.