My name is Melissa. I'm not new to PO - I have actually been here on and off since 2002...
Anyway, I am 22 weeks pregnant with my third pregnancy. I'm due August 16th.
My first was a twin pregnancy, and I was new to the whole thing. There was nothing natural about the birth - I was induced and had both babies vaginally in a hospital with an epidural. You can read my birth story here: Twins' Story.
My second pregnancy was a singleton, also induced, and with an epidural. My Singleton Birth Story
Now, it is 8 years later, and I have a new husband and everything is different. I have the same OB that I have always had, but I'm not sure if it's age, or experience, but I am really craving something much more natural this time. It will be a hospital birth, no doubt, but I am really hoping to go into labor on my own this time, and am considering trying to do it as naturally as possible - not sure if I can handle it with no drugs, but I am thinking that I want to try. My OB is fabulous, and if I tell him that I am looking into a natural birth, I am sure that he would be completely supportive. I'm not sure about the hospital, though, as I am planning to deliver at a different hospital this time and I'm not sure how much of a fight it might be there.
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself... I plan to hang around here, learn from all of you, and read your stories. I have been following Anna, Joy, and Ariel's lodges anonymously so far and I am inspired by them!
Anyway, any support and advice you can give me over the next few months would be greatly appreciated - I look forward to it!