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My first one, I had to be induced. Munchkin refused to turn around and face my back. If he had, he probably would've been born several days sooner (if not a week, with the contractions I was having). I got an epidural with him, but I'm immune to numbing medication, so it didn't work like it should have (it was fine right up until I dilated to 10 an then had to push) and I ended up feeling everything anyway.
It wasn't the most horrible birth, but I pushed for soooo long and I think if I'd been allowed to get up and walk around, it probably wouldn't have taken as long to push him out.
This time I wanna forgo the epidural (even if I have to be induced) just so I can get up and move and not have to push on my back.
What's been your experience? Has anyone delivered in a hospital not on your back?
My first NCB was in the hospital. The story is in the subforum for natural birth stories.
I've also had a non-effective epidural. I'll just say that my two NCB experience were much more intense and much easier than having a faulty epidural. When you forego the drugs, it gives your body the opportunity to naturally react to the process going on. Laying in bed on a bad epidural was torture. But being able to move freely and go with the flow made things much more manageable and more comfortable.
I had my 3rd baby via VBAC in the hospital using a midwife and hypnosis techniques. It was awesome! I told my midwife that I had taken a hypnosis class for birthing. She made sure I had a nurse who was used to natural births. I did have to be monitored when I first went in because of the VBAC, but as soon as they got a good strip on the baby I was able to get up and do whatever I wanted. I was goign to get into a tub at one point, but I started going through transition and my hospital doesn't allow water births. I was allowed to push in any position I wanted. I started on my side, but it wasn't working for me, so I moved to more of a sitting position. There were no stirrups involved. Just the nurse and my husband. I wasn't told when to push, my body knew and I was left to do whatever I needed to.
Dec 26 '08, BFP after 21 months thanks to acupuncture
Jan 14 '09, first u/s one strong heart beat
Jan 28, '09, second u/s, Surprise! two strong heart beats
Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday 365 Days in a Roe
I had a great hospital birth with Liam. I wasn't induced or anything. No interventions. Pushing wasn't spectacular though, I was semi-laying and it was uncomfortable. But I tried hands and knees and that was very painful due to his positioning (he was facing sideways and came out that way, pushing harder on one side of my body than the other). I really can't complain much about it, especially as I now know how darn painful pushing is for me no matter what position I am in. I don't mind labor, but pushing is agonizing for me.
Kieran was also a hospital birth, but one I dont speak highly of. It was medicalized (I was monitored a lot, had an IV, and was on pitocin). I hated the doctor who attended. And pitocin contractions were very painful. I was about four minutes from an epi when I gave birth. I pushed him out sitting up, sorta squat style, but supported. Despite only being 10 minutes, it was very painful. But, apparently I am NOT one of those women who likes to push or feels relief. I panic a little and it hurts, even when my body is taking over, it feels like I am splitting in two the whole time.
I am hoping for a home birth this time around. But not really because I hated my hospital births. I actually quite liked Liam's and didn't hate Kierans (just wasn't as I planned). I just want something different.
But I think NCB in a hospital is great and often a good experience, as long as the doctors and nurses are on board. The main downfall of Kierans birth is that my midwife was out of town and other one that should be on call had a death in the family and had to leave suddenly that day. So I was left with the doctor I never much liked and that can throw everything off. I believe Kierans birth story might be in the birth story forums, even though it wasn't natural (I had Nubain with him).
I had a fantastic hypnobaby experience at the hospital. The nurses and staff were very supportive of my choice for a NCB and only were in the room when we were o.k. with it and/or it was necessary. I did end up with an Emergency csection due to my blood pressure sky rocketing, however, I plan to try for a complete NCB using Hypnobabies again with this baby.