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October 10th, 2008, 05:56 PM
MissTorrieIfYou'reNasty's Avatar Co-Host of Heated Debates
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Hello, I am Torrie. I have a nine month old son named Leo.

I'm in Cheryl's PR, so she knows all about how I came to be here...But short story is I am trying for a VBAC. I know I will maximize my chances of success by going all natural, so I am going to give it a try.

But be honest, how bad did it suck? I laboured with Leo for almost 14 hours on Pitocin with no epi and I thought I was going to die. That sucked bad. But from what I understand, natural is much less painful, so I thought I would ask. Be honest, really how much pain should I mentally prepare for?


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October 10th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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Chu can do it!

Lots of good people on this board.. I hope you get some answers. Your body can do this!
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October 10th, 2008, 07:22 PM
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I'm a doula, and honestly, although I have no children- I've supported many women through a natural birth, and they all loved their births.

Factors that make natural laboring easier then artificial labor

1. Your body is ready to labor when you get to go into labor on your- and your baby's- time
2. Your labor gradually progresses in strength- preparing you as you go to the intensity of giving birth.
3. Your contractions radiate along the grains of your uterus- the most powerful muscle in your body. Contractions from pitocin radiate against the grain of that muscle- causing them to be artificial- artificially painful, artificially long and artificially stressful to your baby.
4. Laboring naturally means you can labor at home, mobile and in your own comfortable enviroment as opposed to in the hospital- strapped down, monitered and against gravity

there are also other things you can do to make your next birth a better experience:
1. Hire a doula- she can help you labor at home more comfortable if you want to, they can help you with positions and other really helpful comfort measures. Doulas also have been found to increase a woman's satisfaction with her labor, lover chance of cesarean by 28%, and shorten labor by 2 hours.
2. Plan to labor at home- the longer you're at home the less time you'll have to work against the unavoidable restrictions a hospital will put on you. (i hope this doesn't sound too anti-hospital- I'm really not, I'm only pro-woman)
3. make sure your care provider REALLY puts you first.

Good luck with your next birth!

Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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October 10th, 2008, 08:51 PM
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I felt the pain was very manageable until the end, which is what most women say. It's not until the end that the contractions get much closer together and more intense, and that's the point that most women have that fleeting thought of "Can I do this?" That's when you are in transition though, so usually, you are ready to push pretty quickly. I felt that I could easily get through contractions by just breathing, and this time, I will hopefully be in the tub, so that should help the pain even more.
Are you using a doctor or midwife?
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October 11th, 2008, 07:31 AM
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Hey Torrie!!!!!

Let me tell you, if you made it 14 hours on pitocin med free then you totally can do it your whole labor without nasty pitocin!

Other Cheryl gave you a lot of good info. My back freaked out during labor b/c my fibromyalgia really effects that area, and that totally took over, so I didn't experience regular contractions. I don't know what that would have been like, but it would have been easier!

ETA: check out the book Ina may's guide to childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, she is responsible for "bringing midwifery back" and lives on "the farm" in TN, a commune where home birth is the norm. This book is filled with real stories of women's births and is SO INSPIRATIONAL. I think it is essential reading. Your library system will have it for sure.
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October 12th, 2008, 05:27 AM
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Hello Torrie! I'm Katie, I have two kiddes Ethan and Maddy, and I had both of them naturaly. I found the pain in labour to be easy to manage untill the pushing stage, and then I was complaining alot, but I did it and I am happy I did.
good luck with your Vbac!!
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