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March 2nd, 2007, 06:29 AM
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I had my DD with a pitocin infuction (no, that's NOT a typo ), iv's, epidural, demerol, the works..and after, i felt like i'd been run over by a truck. I had the spinal headache, wierd creepy crawly feelings, it was just bad.

This time, with my HB, i felt WONDERFUL! Literally an hour after the baby came out, my MW was yelling at me, b/c i wouldn't SIT, lol! My DD was being taken to a friends house, and i was like, but i need to get her dressed and brush her hair! I felt AWESOME! my hoohoo was a little sore, but i didn't feel like i'd labored for 28 hours or anything, i just felt great, happy, it was so wonderful. I went to the store at 2 days PP, and ppl were like, you did NOT have a baby 2 days ago...your glowing! It was such an awesome feeling. THe birth high still hasn't really gone away, it was so amazing, i wish everyone could experience this.

anyway, i just wanted to share my joy with you guys, anyone else had birth both ways?
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March 2nd, 2007, 09:30 AM
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I agree, all those interventions make you feel like you were run over by a truck. But with my homebirth, I felt great and was up and about in no time!
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March 2nd, 2007, 10:41 AM
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No interventions in hospital with my first two, just all the telling me what to do and how to do it, what position to be in, and much stressing me out. They were tossing around words like "vaccum extractor" and "episiotomy," and I was having to argue against those things in the middle of labour. Overall, just a very stressful way to go - even though I managed to get through it all without any interventions.

My OB was also very aggressive with the cord traction while delivering the placenta, I think that's partly why I bled for SO long after both hospital births! My midwive at home just let the placenta come, and she let me do any necessary pulling on it so I could control my own pain.

So the difference between my recoveries from my natural hospital births and my homebirths was STILL night and day! In hospital, I survived. At home, I thrived.

A big difference for me was the option of waterbirth at home. I think that relaxed me so much more, so the physical trauma wasn't nearly the same was when I was in hospital stressed out and tense.

2 hospital births: I tore both times. Very swollen and sore. Exhausted afterwards. Bled for a good 8 weeks afterwards. Fussy babies. Trouble bonding with them at first.

2 homebirths: I bled about 3 weeks, and much less. Hardly any swelling "down there." No tearing. I felt great right away, lots of energy! Very calm babies. Not fussy at all. Immediate overwhelming sense of bonding with them. VERY different for me than my hospital experiences were.
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March 2nd, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Recovering after my homebirths hardly felt like any recovery at all. Compared to my hospital births I had very little discomfort (except those darned after-birth pains) and very little bleeding. For four hospital births I 'needed' an episiotomy... at home I didn't tear at all. I was also physically ready to "resume intimacy" a lot sooner than after the hospital births.
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March 2nd, 2007, 02:32 PM
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absolutely I hear you, Abbey.

With my first, I was treated like a patient, because I was a patient, in a hospital. I felt like a patient when I came home, I was in recovery.

With my second, I was not treated like a patient, I had a homebirth. I was doing my workouts again 5 days post partum for goodness sake. Three weeks after her birth, I looked at my husband and said "Did I really have her just 3 weeks ago? I dont feel like I just had a baby!".

With my second, I was really swollen and nasty and felt like death for several weeks before birth. I felt like a million dollars even the day I had her, by comparison.
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