Hey, I am curious. How does everyone feel aboout natural birth at home? or in a birthing center? Has anyone had one of those water births?
I've been reading about them online and I was wondering how women with medical backgrounds view it... :wave:
For me personally, I wouldn't want the mess at home. Plus if its your first child how do you know if you will be able to have the baby without issues? I only say that because if I hadn't been in the hospital for both of my kids I would be dead today due to complications. I don't like the pain of labor either, epidural all the way. Some people do very well all natural, I'm glad for them. It's a personal choice really.
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I wanted the person between my legs to be able to make decisions and act upon them STAT. Even in a hospital with a midwife, there may not be time for the midwife to call the OB.
I had both kids with an induction and that's the way to go. Not quite "natural" by some people's standards, but I knew when they were going to be born. I had NO labor pains and was able to walk into the hospital with all my composure. I had an epidural as soon as I needed it and best of all my OB - whom I had become close to after all those office visits delivered my my kids during office hours and fully awake.
There were no complications, but I was comfortable knowing that a competent physician was taking care of me and that a state of the art NICU was down the hall if my kiddos had needed it.
Well, they say that women used to deliver at home without medications.....HA! AND HOW MANY WOMEN USED TO DIE BECUASE OF COMPLICATIONS?
So it's nice to deliver at home and all that stuff, but why take the risk? You never know.
My labors were very short and I couldn't have anything with my first delivering at 30 weeks a 3 lbs baby....I was not ready for labor!
Then with my second, I had to be induced at 37 weeks and I was prepared very well this time. Labor was 2 hrs and I didn't want an epidural at all. So at 10 cm the baby's head was in a bad position and I couldn't push for 4 hrs! So I had my epidural.... :yes:
My labor pains are a super-bad cramping. No back pain or anything else. But for some women like my mom, it hurts every where. Your mind has something to do with it too. I set my mind to pain is OK, and I welcome every contraction by thinking that the baby was coming down, I was relaxed & I didn't lay down during labor. I also took a hot shower to speed things up!...but I lost it when they said you can't push! :yikes:
So thank God there's epidural these days. You never know when you are going to needed it.
Oh, I also had a Doula and my hospital offers aromatheraphy, lights a bit off and the birth ball--I didn't have time to sit on it :weeping:
So no! Home birth is too risky.
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