I thought it might be fun to talk about what happened in the past with labor and delivery and what we are hoping for this time.
I guess my first labor kind of went according to plan since I didn't really have one! LOL Anyway, I was kind of hoping to not have an epi, but once the pain really hit, I found that I really had no clue what I was doing and I went ahead and got one. The labor progressed well, and my first dd was born without issue.
My second labor I was again really hoping to avoid and epi, but hadn't done much more to prepare. I again ended up with an epi, and my dd was born without issue... Oh, well my BP did crash after they gave me the epi, and as I was in a complete fog I heard them say, "we're losing her," but they gave me a shot of something (of course the baby got it too) and I "came back."
I did a ton more in terms of prep (reading, lots of reading, on natural birth) before my third and I did have a natural delivery with her. It wasn't easy, but I got through it.
I was much more confident by #4 and I knew my body better. Number 4 was a very easy, natural delivery for me.
My fifth baby threw me a couple curve balls in labor, but I definitely know how my body works at this point, and his delivery was really without issue. ANother natural delivery.
My first 4 were in a hospital. My 5th was in a stand a lone birth center. I'm hoping to give birth in the birth center again, and have a delivery, ideally, close to what my #4 was!!