Of my four previous birthing experiences, 2 were unmedicated, 2 were with epidural, all four were in the hospital. My longest birth was my first child, 19 years ago (and I was 19 years old). I was induced and in labor for 18 hours. My shortest birth was #3 at 4 hours.
Something that really bugs me is how some labor nurses and doctors like to yell and encourage you to "purple push" to the count of 10. Provided the baby and mother are both doing well, there is no need for this kind of "encouragement". I believe my body knows what it's doing... The only noise I want to hear is my own if I choose to make any.
Since this is my fifth and final, I want to try something different. I just got the Hypnobabies home study course (different from Hypnobirthing). As a Buddhist and a constant "meditator", I think this self hypnosis course is right up my alley!
I'm starting week one today... I'm excited. I will keep you all posted on the progress.
For those BTDT moms, will you do anything different this time around?