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I don't have a ton of natural delivery people around, so I'm reading as much as I can. But I'm wondering, when you were pregnant and preparing for natural childbirth:
What are the questions you are glad you asked your health care provider? Your coach or delivery technique teacher? Your doula?
What are the questions you wish you'd asked?
Were there any surprises when it came to the delivery where you felt uninformed about something and wished you'd known more about it?
I was surprised by the transition phase. I always assumed that when you felt the urge to push, it ment you were at 10 cm. This is not the case and is not what happened to me. My midwife made me hold it in and not push for 45 minutes. That was hell! I wish I had been more informed of that and I would have pushed anyways. It's a natural sensation that I would have just went with. I was checked and was an 8. 5 minutes later I was moaning that I needed to push. I wish I would have had them check me again because i believe I was at a 10 within those few minutes. Now, because he labored down during this time I only pushed 5 times and it was easy as pie.
When I was pregnant with my second, I wish I would have asked about alternatives to bedrest and things that could have helped reduce my blood pressure and other symptoms during my pregnancy. Instead of helping, he just put me on bedrest, and offered me an induction every week. Not helpful.
Previously known as ~~Que~~
Student Midwife, Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Lactation Counselor