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August 21st, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Hello I'm Lucy, and I'm due with my first in December, and I'm hoping for a NCB. I thought I'd join ya'll.

I have a few things working against me. First, I live in a very backwards area and your delivery options are to deliver at home alone (midwives are banned from attending a home birth here), or deliver in a hospital with an OB. So I'll be delivering at the local hospital. The doctor I've chosen was suggested by several friends who had a successful NCB, so hopefully it won't be too bad delivering in the hospital. The second strike against me is about 80% of the ladies in my large family have ended up with c-sections for various reasons. My mother's labor got stalled at 5cm, and they later said that my sister wouldn't fit anyways. So hopefully I somehow missed the c-section gene. Anybody know if/ how your mother's labor will predictor your own?

I've been working with a chiropractor who is specifically trained for working with pregnant women, and he suggested I do Spinning Babies stuff. I've been doing a lot of the exercises and I must say, I think it's helped me have a fairly pain free pregnancy. Anybody here have experience with Spinning Babies? Did the methods help in L&D?

Just wanted to introduce myself Looking forward to getting to know you all and learning as much as I can from you!
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August 21st, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Hi! Welcome and congrats on your pregnancy. I hope we can help with any questions that you have.

As for the family genetics related to birth, I think there are WAY too many factors involved to predict if your labor will be like your mother's. I honestly don't see that happen often. Personally, I know my labors were VERY different from my own mother's labors. They were pretty different from every other woman in my family. I think the only person I can relate to is my Great Grandmother (from reading birth stories in my Great Aunt's autobiography bc my GG passed away before I was born). She had 12 babies all at home on the farm with a midwife and had very simple straight forward labors. My grandma had twilight sleep three times, my mother had spinals and complications bc of broken tail bone but my brother and I were born vaginally (I was born with a fractured skull and my brother had a black eye and broken arm), my aunt had forceps births with 10lb babies (who grew up to be VERY LARGE TALL people).

My births (two natural and two epidurals) were all very simple and easy (if you can call birth "easy").
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August 21st, 2012, 02:03 PM
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I agree that I don't think there's a genetic marker for how your labors will go. My mom was induced with both of hers and I had a natural complicated free labor. I've heard of states like yours; are midwives illegal period? If they can't deliver at home are they allowed to deliver you in a hospital? So crazy. You'd think that they'd have no problem with midwives as long as they were under a doctors supervision. Oh, and spinning babies saved my labor!!!!!!!!!! Mason was predicted to be in perfect position but I think when my water broke and he dropped and engaged he shifted. I got stuck at 5 to 6 cm for almost 5 hours but luckily my doula had just been to a conference were they focused on spinning babies moves. She had me do them while in labor and whatever we did unjarred him and I immediately went to 7/8 and was in full blown transistion. Worked like a charm!

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August 21st, 2012, 07:37 PM
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my mother had spinals and complications bc of broken tail bone but my brother and I were born vaginally (I was born with a fractured skull and my brother had a black eye and broken arm.
Oh my word!! How in the world were you ok?!?
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August 22nd, 2012, 07:41 AM
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August 22nd, 2012, 07:46 AM
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Thanks, ladies

Que, my grandmother was 4'11 and maybe 100lbs and delivered 9 babies that were at least 9lbs each, her longest labor was 6 hours, so I REALLY hope I got her birthing genes We'll see, though. It gives me hope that I haven't heard too many stories where a daughter's birth was like her mothers (for good or bad, but at least I know there's a chance it won't be bad)

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I agree that I don't think there's a genetic marker for how your labors will go. My mom was induced with both of hers and I had a natural complicated free labor. I've heard of states like yours; are midwives illegal period? If they can't deliver at home are they allowed to deliver you in a hospital? So crazy. You'd think that they'd have no problem with midwives as long as they were under a doctors supervision. Oh, and spinning babies saved my labor!!!!!!!!!! Mason was predicted to be in perfect position but I think when my water broke and he dropped and engaged he shifted. I got stuck at 5 to 6 cm for almost 5 hours but luckily my doula had just been to a conference were they focused on spinning babies moves. She had me do them while in labor and whatever we did unjarred him and I immediately went to 7/8 and was in full blown transistion. Worked like a charm!

Welcome to the board.
Not technically illegal, but if you use one they have to be under the direct supervision of the doctor, and the doctor calls all the shots, and they can kick out the midwife if they don't like her, so you're hard pressed to find one practicing. We do have lots of fine doulas in the area, though. I actually work with one I may hire one, but I kind of just want it to be DH coaching me and comforting me. So maybe a doula to coach DH? I haven't come to a decision yet.

Glad spinning babies helped you! If anything, it's made me feel better during pregnancy, so even if I don't have the birth I'm hoping for, I'll have had the benefit of having a fairly pain free pregnancy.
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August 23rd, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I HIGHLY recommend Doulas. Mine was amazing!!! I had no intentions of getting one but I'm so glad I did. It did not take away from my DFs support and if anything enhanced it. She was able to direct him on how to help me cause as soon as labor started he was lost and helpless feeling, and we took a 7 week labor course. Plus my back labor was bad and they were able to trade off taking turns shoving into my back lol.
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August 23rd, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Oh my word!! How in the world were you ok?!?
I was a helmet head baby for my first year, lol. I still have a mishapen head. Can never be bold and shave my head. It would be a bit frightening if I did
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