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July 17th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Hey, I am from the January 07 due date club and I came over here because I want to have a natural birth. The problem is, I am covered by military health care and I have been present for 2 of my friend’s births at our military hospital. I don't want to sound ungrateful to the military, but basically, it was a miracle that one of my friends and her baby survived the pregnancy and birth and my other friend had problems due to the same hospital, so I switched to a better one further away and fortunately got a midwife for my prenatal care.

It is so hard to stand up for yourself at a military hospital, but I am sure as heck going to do it. They make birth the most debilitating and humiliating experience for a woman and say that you have no choice in anything and will fight you tooth and nail, especially when, as in both my friends cases, your husband isn't there.

Anyway, this is my first baby and I have seen firsthand and from some research how unhealthy and crippling it is to be given an epidural, to not be allowed to labor out of bed and to have a catheter. I really want to do this naturally, but I know I am getting ready for a huge fight and it’s so good to hear you guys saying that I have rights and that you have actually exercised yours. It gives me a lot of hope, so thank you!
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July 17th, 2006, 06:52 PM
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I'm sorry I have never heard good things about military hospitals either. Have you met with your new midiwfe yet? maybe you willget a good vibe.
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July 17th, 2006, 07:19 PM
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Yeah, she was just awesome, she is the first medical person in years I feel like I can trust because she gave me practical, down to earth advice and actually treated me like I was intelligent enough to understand things and explained every test and medical procedure she would do in that visit and the next. I am ecstatic, and if she can deliver me, I think I will just blow bubbles out my ears. Its other people interfering that I am worried about... Or getting some doctor to deliver me.
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July 17th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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you aren't guarenteed her?
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July 17th, 2006, 10:21 PM
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I don't know, but my next appt is Thursday, so I will ask her then.
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