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December 10th, 2008, 04:56 AM
Husher's Avatar B & E complete me.
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When you or someone you know is delivering in a hospital with an OB, what do you think is the most important advice?

I would have to say, after going through it myself, that the most important thing to me is to make sure you have someone there who will be strong and stand up for you when you are being pushed to do things you don't want to do. It's hard to make those decisions yourself when you're in labor and having that person is crucial!

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December 10th, 2008, 05:29 AM
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I completely agree with that!

I also think every woman who wants to go naturally in a hospital has to either be lucky or armed with information. It seems that doctors are quick to take over your care and not let you make any decisions. If you don't know better, you are much less likely to fight them. Now that I know how important it is to know what you are talking about, I encourage all women to research the options so they can make informed choices about everything.
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December 10th, 2008, 06:37 AM
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My advice would be to find a good Dr! Mine is totally supportive of natural childbirth and will even deliver breech babies if Mother and Child meet all his criteria. He is a very laid back "let things happen" type! With my last DD my water broke at noon, and I didn't start having good contractions until 9:30 that night. The word pitocin was never mentioned!!!!!!!
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December 10th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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BE armed with all the knowledge you can possibly have, in order to make you own decisions. Don't follow the doctor/midwife/nurses advice blindly.

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December 10th, 2008, 07:29 AM
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labor at home for as long as possible.
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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December 11th, 2008, 12:08 PM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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def to educate themselves as much as possible
and hire a doula!
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December 11th, 2008, 04:08 PM
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All of the above! Ummm but definately a strong support team and bring your birth plan!

Momma to Brynn 10/2/2002 (midwife at hospital)
Emme 5/26/2008 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
Pierce 11/28/2009 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
and Surprise Baby #4 due 11/13/2011
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