Congrats on being in the homestretch! I look forward to hearing about the appearance of your little miracle.
What a wonderful introduction! You have been so blessed! I look forward to following your lodge.
So, I already feel like I've learned a lot from you just by reading some of the other posts and birth lodges!! For example, I never knew that you could decline the internal exams at your doctor's office. I know that you could request the exams to be limited at the hospital, but I had always thought the exams at the doctor's office were necessary.....that it was important for the doctor to know how much progress you made!! I am planning on talking to my doctor at my next appointment about not doing any more exams until I'm 40 weeks- at that point, I will allow it but if they aren't necessary, I don't want to expose my baby to unnecessary infection!! (although, I do like knowing how far along I am......it's like several of you have said- it doesn't really give any indication about when I will go into labor!) My doctor has been very supportive of my desires and wishes up to this point. He has even given me some pointers on pain coping techniques that he has seen work for women who have had a natural birth. So, I'm hoping that he will be okay with this!!
On a different note, I've been working on several pain coping techniques and am trying to build an arsenal of things that might be helpful. My doula told me that she found during delivery that some of the things she practiced and assumed would help, didn't help at all and a few of the techniques that she didn't practice very much ended up being lifesavers for her!!! So, I'd be interested in knowing anything that you BTDT moms have found to be helpful during labor!!
I've never used any particular technique, like hypnobirthing, but I become more and more internally focused as labor progresses and just listen to my body as far as breathing and positioning.
Last edited by kris_w; 09-21-2010 at 12:06 AM.
Hi Sharon, how are you feeling today?
With the birth of my DS, I had expected massage and counter pressure on my back to help relieve some of the pain of back labour, but it really was not affective. What did help more than I expected it to was a hot shower. So I agree with your doula, it's good to have a whole arsenol of ideas, and be flexible and open to trying different techniques or different positions when the time comes.
Just saying hello. I "know" you from the Sept '08 boards but I just lurk here... while I try to make my decisions about childbirth. I am leaning towards natural but hate to say I am going to do something and then chicken out.
I had read the story about you and DH awhile ago on the Sept '08 board but so good to read it again... what an amazing story and what a blessing your daughter is!!!
Lisa - sonicbaby
DD Vivienne born 9/12/08!!!
Former member of Sept '08 board
Wonderful intro and story! Can't wait to follow along!