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Thread: Natural birth...?
October 19th, 2013 11:55 AM #21Senior Member
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Congratulations on your twins! I highly suggest hopping on over to the "Birth Without Fear" blog (and/or facebook page) to get in touch with some people there. It's all about supporting women in the decisions they make that are best for them, and being strong. Really a wonderful support network.
If you want to avoid a C-sections with twins, you need to be a bit stubborn. Perfectly doable barring unforeseen complications, but not so much in many doctors' eyes. I assume you have already, but please discuss these expectations with your doctor if you haven't. You will need to know ahead of time how much you will have to push against him/her, or to gauge whether your doctor's suggestion is actually due to some emergency, etc.
Praying for you! How blessed you are to have those littlesNissa -- Elsa -- Rauha -- Karolina/Karoliina -- Melina -- Lucia -- Saoirse -- Dagny -- Rosemary -- Lydia -- Grace/Gracia -- Teresa -- Eleanora -- Kirsten "Kirsi"
Einar -- Bjorn -- Ragnar -- Leif -- Pavel "Pasha" -- Soren -- Ruben -- Finn -- Alarik -- Felix -- Daniel -- Brooks -- Dmitri "Dima" -- Kristoffer "Risto" -- Elessar -- Illarion
October 19th, 2013 06:52 PM #23
Thanks for the word of warning! We do plan to pursue home birth and have researched extensively the benefits and especially the risks. I have no intention of doing anything based purely on my own comfort, and that played very little part in our decision to pursue home birth. As I re-read my post from earlier I see how I sounded that way, so I want to reiterate that we are pursuing this only after having heard from friends' experiences, lots of research from various sources for and against, and meeting with a midwife in our area. We want to do what is best for me and the baby, and we are quite sure that a home birth is the option we prefer. It may not be a popular decision with many people, and I definitely agree with you that a lot of people have romanticized home birth without truly having the information they should have, but we are confident in this decision at least at this point. We're always open to changing our minds though, so who knows?
October 19th, 2013 07:15 PM #25
I don't have any children, but my mom had all three of us naturally.
Sister #1 (Mom, was 17): She was born in the hallway of the hospital. She split herself while pushing, and had to get stitches. Mom, said that she was worried that they would try to give her an epidural, so she was trying to hurry up and push.
Sister #2 (Mom, was 19): In my grandpa's car.
Me (Mom, was 26): Outside the delivery room, while they were preparing. She said I caused the most pain.
I just asked her, and she said that she couldn't lay on her back for those minimum of 12 hours--I think with an epidural. So even if she had a choice, she still would have chosen the natural method. She said after she rested for a couple of hours, she bathe, went to get something to eat, and then get us. Lol
While those who had an epidural was still pretty out of it after having their babies days before. She said each time, women were amazed that she was walking around after just giving birth only hours before.
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October 20th, 2013 05:33 AM #27Senior Member
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Canada so our hospital & midwifery system may be quite different. We don't have to pay for our hospital stay during childbirth the way you have to in the USA - maybe if we did that would tip the scales a bit in the Home Birth direction.
Anyway, nobody can make your decisions for you, and if you have decided for whatever reasoning that if & when the time comes having your baby at home is what is best for him/her, of course that is your right as a mother. I just wanted to state why my husband and I decided a midwife assisted hospital birth would be best for our baby.
No offence meant & hopefully none taken.New username is @ truenature
October 20th, 2013 07:25 AM #29
I had a meds free hospital birth with my first and am planning a home birth with my second. My first labour wasn't easy as she had both arms up over her head instead of by her sides, so I had an extended pushing phase (3 hrs). However I had decided beforehand not to ask for pain meds and during my labour it was the furthest thing from my mind - I was so focused on dealing with each contraction as it came. Epidurals are not risk free for either mother or baby. They increase your risk of other interventions and c-section, increase chance of baby going into distress, increase chance of maternal fever, can make baby sleepy and hinder breastfeeding establishment, increase risk of newborn jaundice... I could go on! For me it's just not worth it, especially when I really wanted to feel the birth process, feel the baby coming out of me, and benefit from all that amazing natural oxytocin that flows through your body during and after drug-free births.Two small people, Mila Arden and Cato Bennett.
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