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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa1223 View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Your FTM story sounds familiar, wanting to go natural bu not having the confidence to stand up against the minial interventions the hospital is so ready to "provide." Go you for declining the episiotomy though! I'm sure the tear was rough, but this time will be better. Whenever I talk to my MW about my tear the first time she says, "Pfffffft." and rolls her eyes at OBs not taking the time to guide the head out at the end.

    So do you have your birth kit all set for your home visit next week?
    Yeah, I really feel that the tear was from a bunch of things, all that wouldn't have happened if I had a midwife who knew what to do. Still, a 6 hour labor where the only bad was a tear... can't complain too much.

    I have most of the birth kit together. Midwife provides most of the stuff (http://myhealthfreedom.com/index.php?id=178), I still need to get some olive/almond oil (anyone know if coconut oil is alright for that purpose? olive oil would make me feel like a turkey being basted), and a shower curtain or something like that to squat on.
    I have the tub but the pumps and hoses for it are with another patient who will hopefully deliver before me (she actually has two sets, both are loaned out right now). I'm buying the liner from her next time I see her.
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    Oh, and a heating bad. We don't have one of those. I hate the home-made ones with rice- to me the rice smells funky- I've heard of doing it with cherry pits instead but where does one buy cherry pits?
    I'm in Houston, so it isn't likely to be TOO cold. I've also thought if we have time and it isn't a pain it might be night to have a fire in the fireplace, but midwife is super sensitive to smells and I need to see if pine would bug her.
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    thanks for sharing your story. similarly, I pushed without feeling really "pushy" which in hindsight (After more reading and research this time...even though I did read/research last time) was probably that break in the action you get once you are fully dilated but don't yet feel the urge to push. i had a 2nd degree tear...they let me push when I wanted/was having a contraction, but i probably could have taken my time more too.
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    Thanks for sharing your DS's birth story! I had a 3rd degree tear (after 2nd degree episiotomy) with DS1 and ouch. Definitely the hardest part of healing! I hope you stretch better this time!

    I'm not sure what you mean by the heating bed... is it one of those things where you just sew something (like the rice you mentioned) inside fabric? If it is, I've seen them done (not for babies, for sore muscles) with thistle seed or millet, too. The thistle seed one I saw had lavender mixed in. If that's not what you were talking about, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pico83 View Post
    Thanks for sharing your DS's birth story! I had a 3rd degree tear (after 2nd degree episiotomy) with DS1 and ouch. Definitely the hardest part of healing! I hope you stretch better this time!

    I'm not sure what you mean by the heating bed... is it one of those things where you just sew something (like the rice you mentioned) inside fabric? If it is, I've seen them done (not for babies, for sore muscles) with thistle seed or millet, too. The thistle seed one I saw had lavender mixed in. If that's not what you were talking about, sorry.
    Yup, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm just not very craftsy. The list of suggested supplies from my midwife says "heating pad- For warmth for mom or infant as needed".
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    If you aren't super crafty but you can sew you can make one from either a tube sock or a small decorative pillowcase. You can use flax seed as well. Just fill it up and sew the open side up. I bet you can even use that iron-on no-sew seam tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jooniper View Post
    Yup, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm just not very craftsy. The list of suggested supplies from my midwife says "heating pad- For warmth for mom or infant as needed".
    That's funny. My midwives put heating pad on the list, but I didn't know what for. It turns out, they used it to keep the receiving blankets warm while I labored. They said that I should have a space heater for warmth, but it was so freaking hot in my house we didn't need it.

    P.S. Sorry for just chiming in. I've been lurking your lodge for a while now. It's making me want another baby already!
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    They're not too tough to make. I have a few I've made and I love them. They're amazing on a sore neck or back... or when DH turns the heat way down and I'm freezing. If you make one definitely consider throwing something in to make it smell better.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and restarted at 30mo!
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
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    How are you feeling today Jenn? Who are you planning on having at your house during labor & delivery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tink9702 View Post
    How are you feeling today Jenn?
    First, I do believe I've dilated ever-so-slightly more, but it also feels like baby is up higher rather than getting lower. I don't feel like anything is going to happen in the next week or so.

    It was a rough day. I avoided coming online because I knew it would become a big vent. Basically, Daniel is sick and inconsolable, we were up all night together (it's just a cold/fever, but we gave him some kid's mucinex and I think it did bad things for his sinuses, he keeps crying in pain because his nose hurts, and he requires many cuddles). So he didn't go to school, but since wednesday is usually a school day I had a backlog of work and business calls all day. Daniel pooped his pants and pooped the tub and then wet the bed at nap time (I swear he's potty trained, at least, he is USUALLY).
    My sweet husband skipped out on his usual wednesday after-school tutoring to come home and help out, and I did get a nap in, so things ended ok.

    As for me (And this is TMI), a couple nights ago I developed a new hemi... pretty much have hemis on top of hemis now. It's a sad thing. The old ones were bad, but they were really only a problem after a bowel movement, I had figured out a system of not aggravating them. This new one hurts ALL THE TIME. Plus I've had an upset stomache a few times lately and.... I honestly just crawl out of my skin it itches and hurts so badly. I'm doing the witch hazel and all that but, no luck.

    BUT, only two days til thanksgiving break, so woohoo! I foolishly just accepted another project from work, even though I planned on Friday being my last day... I just don't feel like babers is coming this week and another 500 bucks sounds nice. Should be all wrapped up by tuesday.

    Who are you planning on having at your house during labor & delivery?
    The midwife, her assistant (who I adore), husband (who isn't expected to do much other than stay conscious), and two friends-
    Cristin, who hopes to be a doula someday. She is one of the happiest people I know and all about serving others, it just felt like a good fit. She's also VERY into "natural" stuff, homeopathy, raw foods, you name it.
    Marissa, who had a homebirth about 5 years ago. She reminds me very much of my sister Becky, who is 2000 miles away, so she's kind of my replacement sister. Plus, she's done this before (an 11 pounder at 43w3d). She's also a professional photographer, so we're gonna see if we can get some good pics of the event.
    -Jenn -
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