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Something my midwife said while I was in labor

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July 15th, 2006, 02:52 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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While I was in labor with my new baby I commented that most women really can give birth naturally, they just don'e believe they can. My midwife (who is a strictly homebirth midwife) said that is true, but when you give birth in a candy store (hospital) where all these "great" things are available it makes it very easy to give in. I know in my case that was one reason I got an epidural with Ani. It was available and so I could get it. That is also a small part of the reason (non-availability of drugs) that I chose to birth my boys out of the hospital.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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July 15th, 2006, 03:06 PM
wonderfullymade's Avatar Doula & MW Apprentice
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I agree with that statement 100%. During my transitions - I ALWAYS start to cave. It is not that it is horrible, it is not that it is excruciating, it is simply I want to give up.

DH knows me so well that, when I say to him 'honey, will you think less of me if I 'get something'", he grins and says 'no need honey, you will be pushing in less than an hour. He is always right. It is SUCH an indicator, for me, when I am hitting transition.

I have this great set up with my midwife and dh. I told dh, if I ask him to get the doc to give me something, he is to say no. If I bypass him and ask my m/w, she is to say no. They both have agreed and they and I know that, if I really need it (medically speaking - c-section, distress, etc...) that I will get it - but only then.. .personal comfort and transition are not good enough reasons.

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July 15th, 2006, 09:25 PM
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I wuold think that to be true! Pain med weren't even an option for me because I was at home... they didn't even enter my mind.
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July 15th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Isaeph's Avatar Jennifer the Momma
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I believe it. I did NOT want one with ds...but after all 4 of my nurses (yes, 4 freaking nurses in 7 hours-ridiculous) kept offering it to me, I finally succombed to the pressure. This time, I have NO money to pay for a stupid epi, so I'm outta luck if I want one! Hehe...there IS an upside to being poor!
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July 16th, 2006, 12:33 AM
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It is true. Check out http://www.trustbirth.com/

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July 16th, 2006, 02:24 PM
MissyPrincessEha's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I soooo believe this to be true!
"I am a midwife. It is not just what I do, it is what I am, and I grow in it."
-Ruth Cobb

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