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I would definitely recommend talking to your OB beforehand AND again during labor about what you want and don't want (pitocin, episiotomy, etc). So long as you do it nicely and respectfully, don't worry about offending anyone. It is your body and your baby. For my first child, I was started on Pitocin without my knowledge, even though I'm a MD (I probably would have agreed to it since the baby failed to descend at all and I later ended up with a C-section, but the annoying fact was that no one said a word or bothered to discuss it with me until I was crying over the much stronger contractions.)
Originally posted by merri: I don't want a totally medically overmanaged birth in which I have no say.
Is that really possible? Drug-free AND pain-free? When my first baby failed to descend, the OB stopped the epidural for about an hour to see if I would be able to push better, but I was in so much pain that I couldn't stop the tears from streaming down and I had no strength to push with the pain. (I'm expecting to deliver any day now with #2... Unfortunately I'm high risk so a CNM is not an option but I still would love to know how to get through labor with less drugs and less pain.)
Originally posted by mamabear: In the end, my OB, CNM and of course, my doula, were all on the same page and helped me have the birth I wanted - a peaceful, quiet, joyful, drug-free, pain-free, comfortable, natural childbirth! I honestly didn't think it was going to be possible...