Hey Ladies- My name is Claire. I have been lurking a couple weeks. I am very early in my pregnancy. This is my 3rd pregnancy. I have one DS and we lost our other DS at 20 weeks pregnant last December. I had an epidural with both deliveries. Without going into my long story, I will just say that after both experiences, I just don't want another epidural. I am hoping that I will be able to do it naturally this time around. I am very nervous about it though because I only know a couple people who have actually done it. So I wanted to ge your opinion.
I will just tell you a couple quick things about what I am thinking. I would like to deliever in a hospital. It makes me feel safer in case something happened to the baby. My 1st DS was in the NICU for 5 days b/c he had meconium in utero. My 2nd DS died in utero b/c the cord was wrapped up around the neck, ankle, and wrist. My mom said that both my sister and I had the cord wrapped around our necks when we were born as well. So needless to say I am scared of a cord accident. I love our hospital and I love love love my OB. She is wonderful. I am concerned that it is basically impossible to have a natural hospital birth though. I don't think my hospital has birthing tubs either. Maybe they do, but not in every room... Anyway, I think the hospital might be too stressful and bright and loud to be able to focus and get through the pain. Has anyone ever been able to do it there? Would you do it again there?
We have a birthing center here that is only 30 minutes from my house. I have 2 friends who used it but only one actually went all natural. The other had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency CS. It looks amazing from the website. It looks very peaceful, calm, etc. The only reason I am up in the air about doing it there is b/c I would have to leave my OB. If there was an emergency, then they take you to the hospital right next to the center. I have yet to hear anything positive about this hospital and that makes me nervous. If you have delivered at a birthing center, did you think it was worth it? What were the positives & negatives for you?
II am up for any and all opinions! Thanks ahead of time and sorry this is really longer than I meant for it to be.