Although I've been lurking for months, I thought I'd officially introduce myself before I started posting on the lodges.
My name is Andrea. I'm 33. This is my 4th pregnancy and my 3rd child. I had a nightmare of a first labor and delivery mostly due to terrible baby position (posterior vertex and not budging). I had an epidural and a forceps delivery after hours of pushing. My recovery was terrible due to a 4th degree tear.
All of the next pregnancy I was full of worry about labor and delivery. I did everything I could to get baby positioned more favorably. At 39 weeks I was 4cm dilated and baby was in the perfect position, so I had my membranes swept and went into labor that night. I labored alone in the tub for a few hours before we headed to the hospital. It was so much easier than the last time and I kept calm. I was at 6cm when we checked in so I said, "Woohoo. I can get my epidural right away!" Shortly after checking in I started puking and feeling like I couldn't handle the wait for the epidural. The anesthesiolgist got to me and got my epidural going. I felt relief and the pressure at the same time. A nurse lifted my sheet for a quick check and started laughing because my bag of waters was hanging out. It was go time. I had gotten my epidural during transition. It only took a few pushes, but once again, I tore a bit and had to have a cathetar in for about 12 hours or so. That sucked.
Now we're on my last pregnancy and I know I'm strong enough to do without the epidural. I almost made it last time, but didn't realize it until afterwards. My husband and I are planning to use the Bradley method and I've been reading lots and lots of natural birth stories. I've also been working out throughout this pregnancy. In a couple of weeks I'll start with my baby positioning methods (all based off of an article on how to avoid a posterior labor). I've been seeing a chiropractor also. I hope this labor and delivery goes as fast as the last one!
So there's a bit about me. I'm so glad there's a place on PO to talk about natural birth. Your stories have really inspired me!