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December 27th, 2008, 05:39 PM
richiesmomma's Avatar Veteran
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I really want a natural childbirth, I am due in March. With my 1st I had an epidural and it took 3 times to get it to work, I got really faint and dizzy and it just scared the crap outta me!! I dont want to do that this time. I am taking some classes starting in Jan. and I dont see how it will be possible to fit birthing classes in anywhere. I have the Bradley method book that I ordered, do you think that just by educating myself will be good enough???? Im so nervous I wont be able to do it. As dumb as it sounds the epidural is what freaks me out the most!!!!

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December 27th, 2008, 05:45 PM
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Hey, I didn't even have a bad experience and I had issue with someone sticking a big $%# needle in my back! It is not dumb. And I did have a natural childbirth with no classes. The only classes offered around here are at hospitals and have a large segment on the drugs and interventions offered. I figured it was a waste of my time so I never went. You might also want to look into Hypnobabies or Hypnobirthing. you can order home study courses for those and do it on your own time. I used my yoga breathing and my husband was great, although not necessarily Bradley. So definitely study your Bradley book, but you also might want to look into a couple of other methods, just in case.

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December 27th, 2008, 06:14 PM
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Our birth center does a one day weekend class that is all day. I would call around and see what you can find. Call some local midwives and see if they can recommend any.

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December 27th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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You may find the home study hypnobabies classes work well for you. My DH have been using that, and really like it.

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December 27th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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I really think some sort of class is important. If you can hire a doula you might not need a class, but really the more you can do the better. You just don't know what is going to be helpful in the moment.

in addition to the PP's suggestions I know there is another resource online for home study classes, I can find it later if you are interested.

Personally, we took our class with our Doula right in her home. It was lovely, intimate and so helpful
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December 27th, 2008, 07:47 PM
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I had all three of my natural births with no classes, just read heaps about it and looked up alot about it on the net. You can definatly do it that way.
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December 27th, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Thanks for the info ladies!!!!

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December 27th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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I think it's totally possible. I took a class over 7 years ago and although it does offer some additional benefits than just the books, mostly, it just forces you to practice! I'm a little nervous about that this time so I've read everything I can get my hands on. In my experience, relaxing is the most important part of NCB. Practice with every BH contraction, practice standing, sitting, lying down. Learn what relaxes you and what causes tension. Does massage help you are irritate you? Does music help, what kind?

The process of natural birth brings out your true self. Take sometime to really pay attention to what works for you. You can absolutely do it!!

GL! Oh- I totally agree with the Doula idea. The support of another woman during birth is priceless!
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December 28th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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I too am doing it with no classes. While I would LOVE to take a class we lost our second income recently and very suddenly..... and I don't have the time left really to take a class. I did call about a Bradley class in my area when I was about 20 weeks and she wasn't doing one during a time we could attend. There are no Hypnobirthing instructors in my city. I did see one listed for a nearby city...but it would be about an hour away

I did it once with no preparation at all....I am just very headstrong and knew I could do it.

This time I have read both books on the Bradley method and Hypnobirthing. I am more impressed with the Hypnobirthing book...so I will be using that method.

I really think the MOST important thing is state of mind. If you go into childbirth knowing you can do it.... and nothing will stop you...how can you fail I remember telling myself it will be over...there is an end in sight and it will be sooo worth it. It was! I am actually excited to do it again. Labor while hard and painful at times is amazing and not something everyone gets a chance to experience.

So yep.... it can be done with no classes or planning....but if nothing else gets lots of books and READ READ READ
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December 28th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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I just had my natural childbirth with no birthing classes 3 days ago. I read 'the birth partner' so many times and it really helped me to learn tips on how to cope through my labor. My labor was 18 hours long and I had pitocin, it was long and tiring but you can do it! =) It's so amazing - congratulations!

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December 29th, 2008, 05:25 AM
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I did it! I wasn't really interested in taking classes, so I just went to the hospital when my water broke and got through it any way I could, one contraction at a time. I had back labor, and even that wasn't so horrible I couldn't do it.

Do your reading and practice relaxation techniques, and you should be fine!
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