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Non-Medicated Birth

This time I'm going for a non-medicated VBAC; I have it set in my head that I will be fine, that I will and CAN handle any pain associated with the birth. I did it to a 6CM on pitocin with DD before going for a c-section. I've hired a Doula who will be incredibly helpful as well. I've looked into the Hypno-Birthing CD's and am considering.

What other techniques would you recommend? Types of helpful, calming music?

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I could only get through the pain by staring at the same spot on the wall. No one touching me, no one talking, me lying on my side. It was pretty intense. That's all I got Smile

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Since I used Hypnobabies, it's hard to say if things would have been worse without that. My labor was ridiculously easy for the first 5 hours (it was a 7 hour labor) and I have no idea if that was because of the hypnobabies, or I am just lucky, or what. However, the last 2 hours were pretty intense and I ended up having a lot of "stuff" done to me during that last 2 hours because DS had some pretty extreme heart rate decels (he ended up totally fine, basically a lot of freaking out for no reason, ugh). During that time, I was making an "oh" sound during contractions and it helped get me through them. Not a moan, more like a repetitive "oh, oh, oh." Also trying to keep my breathing regular and steady and not hyperventilate during contractions helped give me something to focus on and also helped with the decel issue. I found prenatal yoga was great for teaching me good ways to relax during labor also. You CAN DO IT! Smile

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I think you are setting yourself up for success just by having a doula and knowing what you want.

I'd also suggest reading as many POSITIVE birth stories as possible. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is full of positive stories (although, admittedly, a little hippie dippy out there reading....)

I also liked reading the Bradley Method books. Not because I used their method of father coached childbirth....but bc it really captured my emotional state throughout labor and these were good guides about how far along I was with each labor.

The more you know about the birth process, the less afraid of it you'll be.

I think so much of the American childbirth experience is tied to fear. While parts of labor are uncomfy and certainly very intense, I really wouldn't describe it as painful (for me.) I think we see some of this when you hear stories like women who didn't know they were pregnant, they go into labor and while many describe it as uncomfy and intense-- it isn't until they've pushed a baby out that they realize they were in labor. We're just taught to be so scared of labor and to dread it, that we do....when really, if you just approach it as it comes, it is not so terribly painful. KWIM?

Your doula will be great and will probably suggest things to read or strategies for labor. I'm so excited for you!

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Yeah, the more you read up about how other women experience birth, the better. The Ina May book is great. The other thing I remember getting me through was remembering reading that a lot of women hit an "I can't do this anymore" wall during transition, and once you get through that, it gets easier and usually means you are almost done. So when I hit the wall myself, I knew to just hang in there and sure enough when they checked me I was 10 cm and ready to push.

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I took a "best of natural child birth" class when I was expecting DD. In the very first class, the teacher had us make a list of things we do to "handle" pain in every day life (think a headache or a backache, stubbing your toe, whatever)- of course we came up with a VERY long list as a class- anything from taking a nap to getting some fresh air, to breathing deeply to screaming/yelling, to changing position, to darkening a room/taking away other stimulus, etc. It was a really great way to realize that we ALL have LOADS of ways that we deal with pain...but, we just need to try to remember them when we face the pain of childbirth- which I think, similar to what Audra said, is sometimes exaggerated or over-emphasized.

All that said, I did a lot of low, deep moaning to get through contractions (which is said to help open the birthing canal anyway, so that's good!), and then once things got a little more intense (which for me was 6cm, when my body started involuntarily pushing) I needed dark, quiet and to be left alone. I changed positions now and then- I went from hands and knees to the toilet (I felt like I was going to poop, and the thought of doing that on the bed was uncomfortable mentally for me, so I spent a lot of time laboring on the toilet). I kept my eyes closed, and honestly, pulled totally inward. Which was interesting- because I had been SO into assembling the perfect birth team- and in the end, I wanted them all to just leave me alone! But, of course, having a birth team that was willing to be there for me, AND willing to leave me alone if that is what I needed- well that did make them pretty perfect in the end anyway. Smile

In the end, the only part of labor that I would actually call painful for me, was pushing, which only lasted like 15 minutes. Her head actually coming out hurt...but at that point I had much more attention on me than I wanted- when my CNM and the nurses realized my DD was crowning, they all rushed in, turned the lights on, and this one nurse kept trying to push me on my back! So my birthing space shifted then in a way that was SUPER not cool for me (and I'm sure it made me tense up, making the whole thing more difficult at that point). I think the actual delivery might have been quicker, and easier (less painful) if I had been left to just do it, and been able to choose my position more- I wanted to get on hands and knees, and they wanted to keep me at least on my side (if not on my back).

So anyway... long story short... I think having that "perfect" birth team (whatever that means to you), and knowing as much as you can know are the best things anyone can do. Because ultimately, the strategies I used to get through labor, were not the ones I thought I would use... but having all those options (knowing them) made it possible for me to just do what I needed to do.

Good luck to you, Rebecca! I have no doubt you can do this! Smile

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I dont have any other suggestions...but it sounds like you are putting everything into place to make it a success! I found up until 7 cm no problem...it was 7-10 and for me the pushing that was the worst. I know a lot women I know feel pushing as a relief. Anyways...good luck. I have not decided yet on what I want to do...but I know the epidural has made the pushing much more controlled for me and so I might end up back to that...not sure (because Im a little afraid of the spinal headache) anyways...good luck and we all know you can do it!!!

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My last pregnancy was a VBAC w/ an epi...but the epi didn't work so it ended up being natural. I honestly felt when she was coming down the birth canal a piercing pain where the incision was. It wasn't that bad but I remember praying over and over to please not let it tear. Sounds like you are prepared for this which is a fantastic thing! I have had both (C-section and natural)...I prefer to go the vaginal delivery! I am so excited...I know you are!!!

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Great advice, ladies (as usual!!).

I'm actually pretty excited about the birth, unlike DD's which I simply was not prepared for. I'm hoping having an open mind, preparing myself that it will be painful at times but I can handle it, will help the process and me cope with anything.

My family thinks I'm nuts, they are all very pro-epi. The Doula we've hired is very hippy and I love it. She's already been a great source of support with questions alone. The best part is, she's a nurse as well and knows how to really work the "system". So that should be helpful in getting me around some of the restrictions the OB is already placing because of the VBAC.

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so great to have that kind of advocate!! You will be great!

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The one thing I would suggest as a possible coping technique is called "mindfulness". It's almost the opposite of hypno-birthing in that hypno-birthing uses mental visualization to go outside the pain and mindfulness allows you to go into the pain and learn to understand it and ride it out. I've heard that a combination of both techniques can be useful since the childbirth changes with the various stages. You can learn a lot about mindfulness in book called Birthing From Within. It's a quick and easy read even though it's a large book. There are a lot of stories in it that helps you to put the whole process into context.

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I'll be using Hypnobabies again for my fifth unmediated birth. I had an epidural with my first. Pain is extremely disorienting to me. It makes me shut down, check out, and curl into a little ball. Since I wanted to be mentally present for the births of my babies and because I did not like my epidural experience, I chose to use hypnosis. I took HyonoBirthing (almost useless) and then learned Hypnobabies at home (excellent).

In my experience using hypnosis for childbirth four times, I was more aware and more in tune with the process than I was without hypnosis. Instead of checking out and trying to "run away" from the sensations, I was extremely focused and connected. Pain was not part of normal labor for me. The worst it got was achiness. There was lots of pressure and the power of birth sensations could be breathtaking at times, but I did not experience natural childbirth as painful while I was using my Hyonobabies techniques. Smile Contractions are like a wave of energy. I used hypnosis to relax my mind and body so that the power of the waves would carry me toward the birth of my baby irather than "drown" me in pain.

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"Winky_the_HouseElf" wrote:

I took HyonoBirthing (almost useless) and then learned Hypnobabies at home (excellent).

In my experience using hypnosis for childbirth four times, I was more aware and more in tune with the process than I was without hypnosis. Instead of checking out and trying to "run away" from the sensations, I was extremely focused and connected. Pain was not part of normal labor for me. The worst it got was achiness. There was lots of pressure and the power of birth sensations could be breathtaking at times, but I did not experience natural childbirth as painful while I was using my Hyonobabies techniques. Smile Contractions are like a wave of energy. I used hypnosis to relax my mind and body so that the power of the waves would carry me toward the birth of my baby irather than "drown" me in pain.

YES! This. That is pretty much the same as my experience with HB, but since I've only given birth once, I don't have anything to compare it to and I can only assume my birth was easy because of the hypnobabies. I do know that the hypnobabies kept me calm and focused and able to communicate with my birth team when things got intense. So I do feel like even though I was in and out of hypnosis, I was still present for the birth. And I would also say I never experienced what I would call "pain." Very intense, overwhelming and toward the end, very unpleasant sensations, yes, but there was only a few moments where I let it get the best of me. And I'd also agree that hypnobirthing alone is almost useless (I started out with that, and then progressed to Hypnobabies), but Hypnobabies is awesome and totally worth springing for IMO.

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Great news! I asked my Doula her thoughts as well and she actually has the Hypnobabies CD and book. So I don't have to buy it! I knew she'd pay off quickly Smile Ha!

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

Great news! I asked my Doula her thoughts as well and she actually has the Hypnobabies CD and book. So I don't have to buy it! I knew she'd pay off quickly Smile Ha!

Hypnobabies is multiple books and several CDs. It sounds like she has HypnoBirthing, which is a totally different program.

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"Winky_the_HouseElf" wrote:

Hypnobabies is multiple books and several CDs. It sounds like she has HypnoBirthing, which is a totally different program.

She has the entire set, actually! She said she doesn't recommend the Hypnobirthing, only because she has had more clients do better with the Hypnobabies.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

She has the entire set, actually! She said she doesn't recommend the Hypnobirthing, only because she has had more clients do better with the Hypnobabies.

Good! Smile I don't recommend HypnoBirthing, either. Hypnobabies is so much better. Smile