I really enjoyed your intro alot! I'm glad you guys sorted things out and have had a chance to build a strong relationship before your little one gets here. I look forward to following your story.
Okay, here is the story of how I came to want a natural birth....
I actually started off as the type of person who would go in demanding every medical intervention known to man - in high school, I used to ask my mom if they could just knock me out totally and wake me up when the baby was out. LOL! As far as the epidural, I just figured it was one of those things that everyone gets - just part of delivering a baby!
I have always been "obsessed" with pregnancy and babies - when I was a kid, I used to say I wanted 11 kids.... (Yeah, I've changed my mind a bit, haha!) Anyway, around probably 19 or 20, I stumbled across a pregnancy message board and got totally hooked. Even though I wasn't pregnant or even TTC, I lurked and read absolutely everything I could find.... I am really a testament to why it's important to share info about NCB whenever you can - it was just through little posts here and there that I began to realize that everyone DIDN'T have an epidural/medicated birth.... I was pretty skeptical at first - why would you go through all that pain if you don't have to??? - but I kept reading and shelving away information in the back of my mind....
James is kinda "crunchy" in that he likes to do things as naturally as possible.... He HATES processed foods, never takes medicine unless he is halfway dying, etc. So just being with him started moving me more towards that mindset about life - not putting a bunch of unnecessary, unnatural things into my body. Then, I found PG.org last year when we started actively NPP-ing (is that an oxymoron LOL?). Believe it or not, there are a LOT more NCB-er's on this site than on the other ones I had been visiting. For the first time I heard someone say that not only is a medicated birth not really necessary, but that it can actually be harmful for both you and the baby! I started asking more questions, and now that I knew what I was looking for, my research was a lot more productive! I don't really know when it happened exactly, but somewhere along the way I woke up and realized that NCB was the best for me and my baby, and I haven't looked back since!!!
Another factor to add in is that I have a severe phobia about things piercing my skin - needles, knives (aka surgery), anything like that gives me the heebie-jeebies! I have been doing okay so far with getting my blood drawn, but there have been times I've had to breathe in my little paper sack to not hyperventilate.... And I have to say - the ideas of being hooked up to IVs, having a catheter in my back, and possibly being cut open are all WAY, WAY scarier to me than the idea of pushing out a baby naturally! LOL
So there you have it!
mommy to the most beautiful princess
what an amazing story you and James have. i remembered you saying that you guys had a rocky start, it's so great to hear it has a happy ending!!! I totally hear you about being more afraid of all the interventions than the possible pain. For me I also think that once baby is out that pain is over, with the additional interventions you generally need more 'help' even after baby arrives ya know. I'm really looking forward to following your journey. Happy 36 weeks, we are only 1 day apart!
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
I'm a little late at this, but wanted to say congrats on your lodge! I loved reading your intro and reasons for wanting a natural birth! It sounds like you have some great knowledge and I'm sure you will have such a wonderful birth experience! I can't wait to follow you last few weeks and ready your birth story!
Krystal and Nathan 12.17.2005
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Great intro! I loved it! And How lucky/blessed you are to have stumbled across NCB before your first baby! A lot of people don't find out til after the fact. Good for you!
I can't wait to hear your birth story and see pics of your little princess!
Elijah ~ 8/27/04
Evan ~ 06/14/06
Emelia ~ 11/13/08
Elliana ~ 9/10/10
I used to be one of those people who always thought they'd have a medicated birth, too. I think more and more women today are questioning current protocols and looking for something more human, and it's very exciting! TFS your story.