So anyone BTDT with natural childbirth? I am trying to prepare myself for #3, but am wondering if I should even think about it. The more I dwell on it, the more I'll dread it...so it's probably best to just approach it with the attitude that I know what's worked in the past, and I'll be flexible.
My plan is to walk as much as possible in early labor, then labor in the tub during transition. DH wants to catch the baby again. I am debating about having my water broken. It makes things so much more intense, but it also speeds things along. Last time, I had it broken because I just wanted to get it over with...then I ended up sitting on the monitor for 40 minutes and was *not* a happy camper.
Now that I've been working in healthcare, I realize how much of the experience is shaped by your nurse...so I want to introduce myself to my nurse in early labor and verbally go over my birth plan (hopefully there won't be a shift change during transition). I don't want to come off as one of those bossy "problem patients," so I'm hoping to play the "it's my 3rd kid" card.
Also, I used to be a LLL Leader, so I am going to try the self-latching thing for the first latch!
So what are the other NCB mamas thinking in these last few weeks?
I've been debating about natural birth or doing an epidural. I would like to be able to say I did an all natural birth, but then again I can be a wuss when it comes to pain lol. I guess it'll also depend on how fast labor goes as well (how fast I dilate and such).
With both my girls I had an epidural done. The first one I had bad back labor and the 2nd one I just went with it and got another epidural.
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I'm going to go with the flow Unless things are not moving I will not allow them to break my water (they did with ds and pain went from bad to terrible and if I wasn't 10cm when I was I would've got an epidural.
I'm lucky that this time I'm with midwifes so they'll know what my thoughts ahead of time.
Other than that I haven't thought much, I have to talk to mw find out when I should go to hospital (last time I arrived 7cm however I had an hr drive to get there and I was walking around 2-3cm for a few weeks). I don't want to get there too early this time (I'm only a 10min drive) but I also don't want to have this baby at home or on the road.
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I know my biggest chances for a vbac are if I am unmedicated, so that is my plan. With DD the epidural never took from the top of my thighs up. I couldn't move my legs, but I could feel everything, so I had to labor on my back which seriously effected my ability to cope. I labored unmedicated for 48 hours and to pushing with DS, and then they did a spinal right before the c/s, so I KNOW I can make it that far. Drugs and epidurals require continuous montoring of the baby and also inhibit movement. Continuous monitoring has shown NO improvement on fetal outcome, but shows a definite increased risk of c/s. No movement means gravity cannot work with us, so labor could slow down. All things I do not want. I can't say that labor is exactly fun or something I want to experience, but if doing it unmedicated gives me and my baby the best chances, that's what I am willing to do. Water worked miracles for me last time. Both the tub and the shower were very soothing in different ways. I plan to use it as much as possible this time.
That said, there is a time and place for medicine. To me if it means drugs/epidural or c/s, then I will take them. But that would have to be a very last ditch effort.
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My last birth was a VBAC and I went about 34 hours all natural with no medication. We actually transferred to a hospital so that I could get some pain relief as I was so exhausted and at that point had not slept in over 48 hours. At that point I choose the pain meds so that I could achieve my VBAC. I'm glad I did cause in the end I ended up VBACing but I do regret doing it cause of complications that my baby had right after birth which may have been made worse because of choosing to have an epi.
This time I plan on going natural again and refuse to get an epi no matter what because of our last experience. I know that I need to rest in early labor more this time, keep myself rested in general at the end of this pregnancy, and keep my fluid intake way up which I struggled with last time. Last time and this time I used hypnobabies which I feel really helped with pressure waves and preparing for NCB. I actually really enjoyed the 32 hours that I labored without meds. even if the last few hours were very intesnse. I'd look forward to this birth and being able to do it again.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Would you be in Tucson by any chance? If so, I can perhaps give you an idea about how much support you're going to get for a natural birth depending on which hospital you're going to. Feel free to PM me if you don't want that info made public.
I was under the impression from my OB that you had to be continuously monitored during a VBAC? I was hoping to try for a "free movement" labor/birth, but doc said they require full time monitoring of baby, so you are basically in bed for the duration? Does that depend on the hospital/doc?
I took the 12 week Bradley Method course in preparation for my daughter's birth and successfully had an all natural childbirth. I plan on going unmedicated with this one as well. Of course, I didn't quite know the level of pain that I was in for the first time around, and that ignorant bliss is no longer on my side. Makes me a little nervous!! I'm hoping this labor will go a bit quicker than the first, which was 21 hours. Transition hit with 7 hours still to go, which makes me marvel a bit at how I possibly managed to not go for the epidural, but I guess Bradley did its job in preparing me well!!