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After reading birth stories and such, I have gotten over all my other fears of home birth, except the thought of doing it without pain meds available.
I know I probably sound like such a weak person and its sad that I sort of agree with that! I was 1 1/2 cm dialated and I was yelling for an epidural with Dakota. I have always had anxiety issues and I think its the anxiety that gets me. I think I am so afraid of being in pain, that it makes it worse!
Can anyone point me in the right direction of something I can look into, a method to help me relax more mentally?
Prayer was my biggest help. I wasn't very far dilated when I got my epi with my son. It was after 7 hours of gel induced labor. He was born 4 hours after that. But with Ele, I just prayed and prayed and prayed. I prayed for specific things that I knew would help me. Laboring through the night was a big one. I didn't want to labor while my son and mom were awake. Too much distraction. I prayed for a break when I couldn't take it anymore also, and God mercifully gave it to me! I slept through a few minor contractions then went into pushing about 20 minutes later. I also did the normal stuff like changing positions, laying in a warm bath, etc. And I did lots of squatting in the weeks before labor to try and get Ele as low as she would go before actually coming out. I wanted to do whatever I *thought* would help shorten labor. My labor was only 4 hours with her.
"Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected in law." George W. Bush
Pain was my big fear after I made the HB choice also. I don't remember what exactly stopped me worrying about it....i have been learning the Bradley Method of Childbirth and that has really helped me relax. I know that *I* would be in more pain in the hospital, i don't know why i KNOW that, but I do. Theres no place I will be more comfortable then my house. I have everything i need right here...there will be no rushing anywhere no anxiety when labor begins...and that will go a long way to helping me keep a grip on it. Get Spiritual Midwifery...that helped me a lot also.
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