What type of birth are you planning on?

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flockoflambs's picture
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What type of birth are you planning on?

I am hoping for my second home birth. My 2nd baby was born at home in a birth pool. It was fantastic. We planned it for my third but unfortunately it didn't go to plan and I was blue lighted to hospital an hour before the birth. Desperately hoping for another home birth this time.

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Good for you! I admire women who birth naturally and at home. Could never do it myself Wink My younger sister was born in a tub in our dining room when I was 12 years old.

I will be having a hospital birth with an epidural Smile I love me some pain meds! I am a super big wimp with a super low pain tolerance.

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Hoping for a natural birth in a hospital, it hubby is t even ok with a birth center so I know I could never talk him into a home birth!

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Im hoping for a hospital birth at our hospital, I will go as long as i can with no epi but dont think it will take long. Hoping no pit or internal monitoring and no ripping out my placenta.

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I have two natural hospital births and fully expecting to have the same. I am too scared to have a baby at home. People have joked that I have my babies so quickly and easily that I should!

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I have also had 2 natural hospital births and am planning the same for this one. I would totally do a birth center if that was an option but there is not one near me. I have no desire for a home birth personally. Not b/c I'm worried about the risk I just don't desire to be at home....I know the "messiness" of it can be planned for and easily handled by the midwife team but I just don't want to do that at home. I like going off to the hospital. Smile

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I think we're going homebirth this time around. We had a natural hospital birth last time, and it was great - but getting discharged fast was a bit annoying (we were at the hospital for a total of 9 hours, and I didn't care for the nurses coming in and being a bit rude with the monitoring), and with a homebirth we wouldn't have to worry about that. And this time around I have a midwife vs. a family doc last time who only did hospital deliveries. And I was worried about a lot more things, mostly mess last time, but now I'm much more comfortable with the whole process that I think I will be happy to just be at home!

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Wow I didn't realize we had that many natural birth moms on our board!

I've been induced with my last two past my EDDs (one for pre-e and the second because I wasn't progressing and was given the option) so unless this baby decides to be different and come on its own, I expect another induction and will definitely have an epidural again if that's the case. It didnt take with my first (until it was redone many hours later) and Pitocin contractions were more than I could handle. If baby tries to come on his/her own, I will see how it goes before making a decision. I hate the dead legs and catheter that come with the epidural but love the pain relief so we'll see which wins.

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I will be having a natural birth in a stand a lone birth center. Just like a home birth, but without 5 curious little ones looking on, and then wanting to hold the new baby the second it pops out!! Wink Thankfully the average stay at a birth center (after birth) is just 4-5 hours, so I'll get in some good snuggle time with my fresh little one, and then get to go home and relax - and let all the curious on lookers descend! Smile My last one was born at the birth center, and it was really nice. Baby was born at night, so other than my husband and I. The only people that were even present at the building were the 2 midwives.

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All your natural birth experiences and plans sound so nice! Wish I could conceivably believe that I could go natural......*hysterical laughter* Would never happen. I hate the catheter and lead legs that come along with the epi too, but I am NOT good at handling pain. I was induced with #3 and those pit contractions are the DEVIL.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I will be having a hospital birth with an epidural Smile I love me some pain meds! I am a super big wimp with a super low pain tolerance.

i am the same exact way, i might wait a little longer to get the epidural but def getting it, just the thought of that pain getting worse freaks me out

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I never thought about things like getting dead legs from an epidural. My legs fall asleep all the time lately - and I HATE it. Seriously can't stand the feeling. I didn't find labor that bad - I had a lot of support from DH and my mom helping me meditate and get really relaxed for it. But the more stressed you are about it - I think the more it hurts. You guys could always try some hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing meditations to help get you prepared for an epi-free birth. Also - it for SURE hurts WAY more if you are induced.

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Not entirely decided yet but probably a home water birth. I had a traumatic hospital experience with DD so I don't want to go back. And we learned that my body doesn't respond well to pain meds so there is no point in trying to get them again.

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I'm hoping for a VBAC in hospital with as little meds as possible, but this is all new territory for me. I had a planned c-section with DD because she was breech. I've never even felt a contraction...so it might really suck. Blum 3

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

All your natural birth experiences and plans sound so nice! Wish I could conceivably believe that I could go natural......*hysterical laughter* Would never happen. I hate the catheter and lead legs that come along with the epi too, but I am NOT good at handling pain. I was induced with #3 and those pit contractions are the DEVIL.

Sandra, if you have had good experiences with the epi, then there is nothing wrong with that. If your body has responded well to the epidural in the past and given you an overall good birth experience, then chances are, your body will respond well again giving you another nice birth! Truthfully, I really did enjoy my first two epi births. They were very relaxing, and recovery was still not THAT bad... not as much a breeze as my natural births, but not bad either. Smile I wish I could guarantee another birth like my 4th dd. Her birth was almost as relaxing as my epi births! My other two natural births were a bit more of a pain. Interesting that they can be that different!!

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I'm with Laurie, I've had two Epi births and one natural and that was only because she came so fast I didn't have a chance to get the Epi. I never imagined I would have a natural labor!!! I was amazed how much easier recovery was because I didn't really think it was hard after the Epi. If for some reason this labor was very hard I would have no problem getting an Epi, but it was intense, but not really difficult. Not being induce does make a huge difference, but I may be induced with this one for various reasons, so we will have to see how it all plays out!

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I had a dumn doc (who has more than 20 law suits right now!) and she stoped my labor so she could go home! So i ended up with pit, and back labor. I made it 9 hrs.... pretty good. but i was in labor for 19 hrs! So if this one goes faster and no pit i may try no med, but i had no problem with my epi... no dead legs, i could move and feel them the whole time. no cath, easy recovery. So i would be happy either way Biggrin (tho a fast labor sounds nice :D)

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"quonsetmom" wrote:

I had a dumn doc (who has more than 20 law suits right now!) and she stoped my labor so she could go home!

Umm that's insane. I would have told her not to stop the labor, and just get the F out. I'd rather deliver to a nurse, or even just my DH than a doc who would stop labor for that! I don't understand all this type of intervention though. It all seems pretty crazy to me. People can birth how they want, but it just seems too much that women are birthing how doctors want, and what's convenient for them. Like inducing so that they make sure they don't have to come in on a weekend. Or inducing early so they are not startled by a quick call or quick labor. There's no trust in a woman's body anymore. People are scared of labor and delivery. Babies are taken away from their mamas. It's all so sad.

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yeah, at the time i didnt stand up for myself but im not like that anymore for sure! and a new hospital new doc the works

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Well, it seem like I the only one going for a repeat csection. This will be my third csection and I'm totally fine with it. I labored for 36 hrs with DD and only made it to a "generous 3cm". As per my OB. I would never go through that misery again. It was a very difficult recovery because I had labored so long and gotten no rest before my csection. DS was a scheduled csection and was a very nice recovery because there was none of the labor drama before hand. So that is my plan again with this one and I'm looking forward to it. Smile

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"jax225" wrote:

Well, it seem like I the only one going for a repeat csection. This will be my third csection and I'm totally fine with it. I labored for 36 hrs with DD and only made it to a "generous 3cm". As per my OB. I would never go through that misery again. It was a very difficult recovery because I had labored so long and gotten no rest before my csection. DS was a scheduled csection and was a very nice recovery because there was none of the labor drama before hand. So that is my plan again with this one and I'm looking forward to it. Smile

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about your first labor. A generous 3 - YIKES!! I was a 7 before labor even started with my 3rd! I completely understand your desire for a repeat c-section.

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about your first labor. A generous 3 - YIKES!! I was a 7 before labor even started with my 3rd! I completely understand your desire for a repeat c-section.

I get totally jealous of women like you who can labor so nicely. Lol. Wink

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SO jealous too! The most I have ever been dilated before active labour starts is 2 cm.

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36 hours is seriously nuts. I have heard of it before, but it takes a lot of desire/strength to go that long Jackie. I was only 4 cm when I arrived at the hospital after about 4 hours of active labor. However, at my previous appt a few days earlier, I was 2cm and 95% effaced - which my doc was shocked about since it was my first time. But then 4-10 happened in another 4 so that was pretty good! I'd say 9 hours for a first is quite good, I'm looking forward to even shorter this time around!

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My first was 24 hours, my second was 16 hours, and my 3rd was 10 hours.....I am hoping for anything less than 10 hours this time!!!

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With my first my water broke and I was less then 1cm and I had him 5.5 hours later. With my second the Dr. broke my water and I was at 4cm and she came 2 hours and 20 minute later. I don't know what to think will happen this time! I almost hope they break my water again so I'm not worrying about it!

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My first was 11 hours and I was dilated already 2 cm before labor started. My second was 2 hours. They simply broke my water when I was already 4 cm. My third was 4 hours - and already dilated to a 7 before labor began. My 4th was 6 hours - I was dilated between 4-5 when labor began. My 5th was 8 hours - I was "only" dilated to a 3 when labor began. I'm hoping for the 6 hour thing again this time. That was just about perfect!

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I will definitely be in the hospital but the details from there are gonna be decided as it happens. As long as I deliver at my hospital the entire bill is comped... Absolutely 100% is covered. Csection or vaginal is whatever is necessary for the baby/my hips. And if its vaginal ill get the epidural or not... I don't actually have any solid stance either way

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Hospital birth. Whether medicated or not will be decided in the moment. I was planning to skip it last time but after my water broke, nothing happened. I tried walking but I was leaking fluid and, so gross, I slipped in it and really hurt myself. Then I was scared to get out of bed. So in that exact situation, I chose a bit of pitocin and an epidural. But I just try to know my options and make the best decision in whatever situation I am facing.

I will pretty much do anything on earth to avoid a c/s. I know my body would not react well and healing would be hell. I had laparoscopic surgery once and my itty bitty incisions from that took three months to close up and heal over. I can't even fathom a full abdominal incision. I'd be so screwed. It is my worst fear.