My name is Alissa, and I am 20 weeks pregnant (well, tomorrow I will be :p) I had kind of a bad birth experience with my son (now 4) because basically the epidural stopped working after they turned on the pitocin (which of course they had to do since the epi stalled out my labor) and once the epi is in they won't let you get out of bed no matter how much you kick your legs and wiggle your toes and flat out whine and cry to show you can move and feel. So this time, I am thinking about going natural so at least I won't be stuck in bed if it's going to be awful and painful anyway. (I have a great attitude, don't I? :lol:)
With my first, I took all of the childbirth classes offered at my hospital, and they did do a little bit on some relaxation and pain management techniques, but not a ton.
I would love to go with a midwife this time around, but I am too high risk because of gestational diabetes and a history of recurrent loss (2 first tri m/cs).
And all of the natural childbirth classes in my area are like $200-$300, which is quite a bit of money.
So, I'm feeling kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place, and feeling like I don't know where to go to get myself prepared for a natual birth. Also, scared out of my mind to actually do a natural birth. The birth sucked soooo bad last time.
I'm thinking about buying the Hypnobabies home study course, even though that is still like $160.
Other than that, I guess I'm just looking for some other resources that anyone knows of, or short of that, maybe a "Go Alissa, you can do this!" LOL