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QOTD Friday

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Biggrin Just kidding.

What are your plans for the birth? How many of you plan on going natural and pain med free? How many of you can't wait for that epidural? Home birth? Birthing center? Hospital? OB? Midwife? Who is using a doula?

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Hospital and epi for me....

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Hospital and epi for me too Biggrin

I have such great admiration for the NCB ladies that I lurk a lot on the Birthing Naturally board, but I could never do what they do! I have the lowest pain tolerance known to man. I'm a big baby! I barely made it to 4 cm without going insane with both my my previous labours.

This time I plan to labour at home for a while longer than usual - the hospital is right across the street, so I'm not too worried! My biggest fear is getting to the hospital too late to have an epi though, so I won't stay at home too long!

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I like having the epi right away; I have a low pain tolerance too. Last time the anesthesiologist didn't show up till I was at 6 cm and I was about ready to slap her & say "What took you so long, huh????"

I'll be delivering at the same hospital as last time, which is a block away from my house. We keep joking that I'll walk over there when I am in labor, ha ha! Last time I could barely get from the parking lot to the building. Smile

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I am jealous of you ladies that close to the hospital!! At home, we are like 25 mins away. At work, I am like 45-50 away!

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Hospital and epi here too!!

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"justinehonor" wrote:

I'll be delivering at the same hospital as last time, which is a block away from my house. We keep joking that I'll walk over there when I am in labor, ha ha! Last time I could barely get from the parking lot to the building. Smile

I think I actually will walk there! Of course it will likely be freezing cold and snow all over the ground! I refuse to walk home, but I'm contemplating walking there. It literally is only a 2 minute walk from my front door to the hospital admitting desk. Of course if it's the middle of the night you have to check in at the ER, which is on the other side of the hospital....I might have DH drive me in that case Wink

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After 9 natural deliveries, I am pretty determined to have an epi this time. Screw pain.

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"ashamom27" wrote:

After 9 natural deliveries, I am pretty determined to have an epi this time. Screw pain.

girlfriend, you deserve a nice break from pain!!! enjoy that epi.

**** A NOTE ABOUT EPIDURALS!****

so, i toooootally plan on having another epidural but for those of you who haven't had one before, i just want to put it out there that some people get an allergic reaction to it. i did. not a big deal or anything, i just got very itchy. like, really really really itchy. i had read about it and knew that i should ask for some benadryl. they gave me an IV of benadryl and the itchiness was gone in a few minutes.

also, if you plan to get the epi, ask for it sooner rather than later. i waited too long to ask and then wound up having to wait FOREVER because of way too many emergency c-sections. ouchie!!!

end of PSA Smile

my birth plan is as follows: the docs and the nurses know better than me how to get the baby out in the safest way possible. so i will follow their lead. worked last time! i'll be delivering at the same hospital in manhattan. i'm a little nervous about actually going into labor though! i'm up in the bronx and if there is bad traffic then i'm in trouble! my uncle across the street though is a big wig in the FDNY so worse comes to worse i'll call him and have him put on the sirens! it wouldn't be the first time! 6 years ago one on my aunt's water broke and she was in labor! her hubby/my other uncle was working nights downtown in lower manhattan so she called my uncle to take her down to the hospital. he used his sirens. he probably didn't need to but heck, they got there fast! lol!!

anyway, same hospital and i expect to get an epidural again. i remember when the epi finally came last time i told the doctor how much i loved him!:D

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Hospital and epi! Distance is an issue for me too but from what my doc has said with them being off on my due date im prob going to be induced if thats the case then ill be 5 min away from the hospital. If not work and home is 30 miles from the hospital Sad and my family lives by the hospital so they would have to come to my house then take me back to the hospital but thats ok Smile I know that all will go well no matter what happens. Best wishes to everyone else Smile

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Birth center and will try for another el natural water birth. We live 2 mins from the birth center so I'm planning to stay at home for as long as possible.

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I hope that I am not too naive, but I've been listening to hypnobabies mp3's and I've read some good result stories....so that is my first "line of defense/plan".

Now, I am also acutely aware that with twins, there is a strong likelihood that I may end up stuck with a c/section, but I am sincerely hoping to be able to deliver vaginally. However, I will not exclude the possibility of an epi if needed.:wink:

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Ooh, hypnobabies! I was trying to start doing that toward the beginning of pregnancy. I just couldn't kick start myself into a consistent daily practice, so we're taking a class instead Biggrin Good on you for being consistent with it!

Natural water birth at freestanding birth center with midwives! Biggrin

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I have to write up my birth plan to take to my OB, just to see which ones he will do and which ones he wont. 4th c-section here so just trying to make it more relaxing. trying for:
music
curtain down when they take him/her out
skin-to-skin right when him/her is out
No strapped down arms
I am taking an ambien (or is it Vicaden?) the morning of.

My worry is that my darling hubby is working in Prince George (15hrs away), so if everything is good, he will be here the week I have the babe, but if an emergency happens, he will miss it. Sad

OH and I also have midwives!! Wouldnt do it any other way!!! LOVE them!! Smile

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"Mommy 4 real" wrote:

I hope that I am not too naive, but I've been listening to hypnobabies mp3's and I've read some good result stories....so that is my first "line of defense/plan".

Now, I am also acutely aware that with twins, there is a strong likelihood that I may end up stuck with a c/section, but I am sincerely hoping to be able to deliver vaginally. However, I will not exclude the possibility of an epi if needed.:wink:

Good for you! I hope you get your vaginal birth! A friend of mine had twins a few years ago and delivered both vaginally.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

Good for you! I hope you get your vaginal birth! A friend of mine had twins a few years ago and delivered both vaginally.

there is a sweet Mama on the september board who delivered her twins vaginally, too! Biggrin

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A friend and coworker had a natural delivery with twins at 37 weeks 4 days and both girls were take home babies at just over 5 lbs each!

As for me Evan was natural and fairly easy. I stayed home until 8 cm. I'd like to do the same this time. I'm happier if I can get up and walk around so epis and being stuck in bed freak me out. But that being said I'm really go with the flow. If this labor is way different and I'm miserable I will have no problem changing my game plan!

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"megan23" wrote:

I am taking an ambien (or is it Vicaden?) the morning of.

Ambien is a sleeping pill...hehehe
Would be nice to sleep through labor though!

I live 5 min from my hospital so labor at home for as long as possible then heading over for a *HOPEFULLY* drug free birth.

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I DID sleep through most of my labour (from 6-10!!!) three minutes after the epi I was out cold! Woke up, pushed give times and voilà!! It is possible!!

Megan: are you in van?

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I can't WAIT until our birth stories start pouring in! I mean I can - I hope we don't have any for another 4-5 weeks, but you KWIM. Biggrin

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I was SOOOOO tired when I got to pushing - like falling asleep between contractions tired. And the one thing the nurse did tell me was that if I had gone for the epi I probably could have gotten in a night's sleep (no one get up in arms lol the nurse was really wonderful it wasn't like a "you need an epi" thing she actually encouraged the natural route it was more matter of fact. She was an awesome nurse). Luckily once he arrived I perked up Wink By that night though he had to go to the nursery I wasn't coherent enough to have him in the room alone, the nurse brought him to me to eat and I was like a drunkard trying to figure out what she wanted me to do lol

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I will be having my 3rd c-section. Nothing fancy, no plans.. just gunna try to get through it as best as I can and hope the pain isn't too bad..

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"Freesia34" wrote:

I DID sleep through most of my labour (from 6-10!!!) three minutes after the epi I was out cold! Woke up, pushed give times and voilà!! It is possible!!

Megan: are you in van?

No, about an hour out. Smile You in Quebec?

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I'm half an hour from Quebec City but born and raised in North Van. I go back Every few months.

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I live in the ridge. Smile lol! I worked on a huge job in North Van a few years back. Its on Chesterfield and 1st ave? Called Time, its a big high rise (and an IGA), right on the waterfront. I also worked on Sky behind it. Smile

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At first I was all about the epi, but now I'm just not sure. I had my first son naturally and med free, but I had horrible back labor the entire 12 agonizing hours and swore that I would never go through that again. With babies #2 and 3 I was induced with pit, and I know that the contractions were worse than without pit, so because they were so horrible and I didn't want to go through what I went through with #1 I chickened out and got the epi right away with both. So technically I've never had a normal labor without pit or back labor, so I really want to experience that and see if I can tolerate it. I think I could as this is my fourth and I'm expecting baby to come fairly quickly... especially considering that I was dialted 5CM without even feeling any contractions and he to be induced the next morning because they were afraid that if my water broke I might not even make it to the hospital! IMHO I really don't see the need to suffer through painful contractions and delivery if I don't have to, but I kind of want to do it just to see if I can (I know that I can, but you know what I mean!). I like the thought of being able to labor and deliver in the hospital without hardly any medical intervention (such as an IV), although I would hate to refuse the IV only to beg for the epi later and then have to wait because they won't do an epi without you having at least two bags of fluid pumped into you first... So IDK what I want to do... I guess I have a couple of months still to decide lol...