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Tuesday
Oct072008

"Birthkeeper's" Stories- Unnecesarean & HBAC

8.8 lbs.

20 1/2 inches

14 1/2" head circumference.

Hospital

"Cesarean....scared into for baby size"

Mother's Height:  5'7

 

How was your pregnancy? 

Confusing, 5 diff. due dates via ultrasound.


How did you feel about your upcoming birth? 

They managed to scare the crap out of me with "big baby" talk.


Unnecesarean Birth Story:  

My first birth was a vaginal birth. Intervention-filled, and they blamed the difficulty on the fact that my daughter was 9.1lbs. NOT the pitocin, AROM, Demerol, episiotomy that extended into a 3rd degree laceration, or vacuum extraction of my daughter. They said it was a rough labor and delivery because she was so "HUGE".  My cesarean was totally unnecessary. The OB scared me into it for size, speaking of shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, broken collar bones, and nerve damage. He used the size of my first baby as ammo.


How did you feel after the birth (first month)? 

Well, my son ended up in the NICU for 9 days with severe respiratory distress FROM the c-section. So the first 2 weeks were filled with massive worry, recovery, and working out breastfeeding. I was happy that he was alive, and unaware that my own ignorance caused the whole thing.


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? 

Six months later was pretty much the same as the above. At one year, I was pregnant with my third, and searching for VBAC research. I was still pretty ignorant, but didn't want another c-section. Went through 8 different OBs, 4 different hospitals. I decided on a home birth at 33 weeks. Now...I feel so much guilt, remorse, anger, sadness....BUT, it changed me. It made me educate myself, instead of remaining ignorant about birth. Without my unnecesarean, I wouldn't be who or what ( a midwife ) I am now.  ; )


What did you learn from this birth? 

That cesareans can cause life-threatening complications for both mom and baby, and that it shouldn't be an option for ignorant things such as size of baby, being "overdue", breech position, or for twins.


Any words of wisdom to impart?  

A Cesarean is major abdominal surgery. Not just another way to have a baby. Respiratory distress is VERY common with c-section babies, and can carry long term problems. My son has decreased lung function because of what he went through at delivery. He is almost 5 now.


HBAC STORY: 10 lbs. 10 oz.

Description of your next birth experience (your vaginal birth after cesarean):   A HBAC ( home birth after cesarean ) with my 10.10lb ( yep, almost ELEVEN pounds! ), posterior baby girl. She was born onto the very bed she was conceived in. No complications with the birth whatsoever.


How did you feel after the birth (first month)? 

AMAZING! Empowered. I knew that my body was made to birth babies. I knew that I would have had another cesarean had I been in the hospital.


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? 

I started looking into becoming a midwife so that I could help other women give birth safely, gently, beautifully at home. I have now, almost 3 years later, attended many VBACs at home. They are very close to my heart.


What did you learn from this birth? 

That women are made to birth. That women can birth whatever size baby they grow, as long as the pregnancy and birth are permitted to progress naturally without intervention. That birth is safest and best at home.  :)


Any words of wisdom to impart? 

The size of a baby has nothing to do with the ability to give birth. Instead of women rushing in to get ultrasound after ultrasound to see how HUGE baby is getting, they should be worrying about OFP and nutrition. They should be worrying about getting regular exercise, and worrying about what kind of provider they are hiring, and what environment they are choosing to birth in.

The hospital is not conducive with natural birth. It's the least likely place to avoid an unnecesarean. In fact, you're MUCH MORE likely to have an unnecesarean simply by being in the hospital for birth.


Tuesday
Oct072008

Rosanne's Story- 9 lbs., 8 oz.- Hospital

9 lbs., 8 oz.

21 inches

Hospital

Mother's Height: 5' 3 1/2"
 

I began prelabor three weeks before the baby was born. We’d been cool, laid back second-time parents, so nothing was ready when I got hit with three hard contractions one morning. We got the car seat and cradle ready fast, but nothing happened. That began the roller coaster of prelabor—contractions would usually peak around 3pm and 3am, but they never progressed. I repeated my doula’s words over and over: they have to get longer, stronger and closer together to be the real thing.
 
After two weeks of prelabor my three-year-old daughter went for vacation with her grandparents, so I could concentrate on keeping my emotions steady. She had a great time! I was free to walk, eat or sleep when I wanted to. About two weeks before he was born, the midwife felt his head and said he “felt like an eight pounder!” In that last week, we had three visits to the hospital to have the baby monitored, two with ultrasounds to check the fluid levels. The last one was on Monday morning. By then, I had lost the mucous plug days ago, and had five days of diarrhea. I was so ready to have the baby, and struggling with the thought that I was somehow stopping labor.
 
At the end of the visit, I was 5cm, with one-minute contractions coming every six minutes. The midwife said that I’d be more comfortable at home, but that they’d save a room for me!
 
I ate dinner and went to bed. At midnight, I woke up and went to the bathroom. There was lots of bloody show, but I fumbled around for my paperwork to see how much I had to have to be in real labor! I’d just found the paper when I was hit with a drop-to-the-floor contraction. I made it back to the bedroom and woke my husband from my hands-and-knees position. I stayed there through the strong contractions while he called the doula and then tried to find the right pressure to rub my back. I still felt my sense of humor through all of this—to the point of laughing (inside) when my husband couldn’t decide whether to get dressed or rub my back!
 
I was really uncomfortable and firmly in transition when the doula arrived and immediately coaxed me into the car for the drive to the hospital. But through it all I felt so strong and conscious and proud, very healthy and in control.
 
We got to the hospital at around one in the morning, and a group of nurses escorted us down the hall, with me dropping to hands and knees when I needed to. I felt like a celebrity with an entourage! The doctor of the practice was on call that night rather than my midwives, but at that point I knew he would only catch.
 
I was nine cm when I got there, and I felt a clear change soon after. I rested a bit, they broke my bulging bag of waters and then I felt the real pushing contractions begin. I squatted and pushed, feeling the baby slide down my tailbone almost effortlessly. I was safe, with my husband on one side and my doula on the other. I saw all the feet of the doctor and nurses lined up doing nothing, waiting for me, and I felt so in charge!
 
I was worried about crowning because I hadn’t felt it the first time, but it was just a stinging feeling. For the last push, the doctor insisted that I be on my back because the baby might be big. It wasn’t what I would have chosen, but my son was born easily anyway. When I first saw him, I thought, “Wow! What a big baby!” He was born at 2:34am, 21 inches and 9 pounds, 8 ounces. Like my daughter, he had meconium in the water and was suctioned, but then he cuddled right up and started eating.
 
The nurses were wonderful, allowing us to co-sleep and calling me “super mom”. I didn’t really feel like I was super-mom; I just did what I was meant to do. But it was nice to hear.
 
As soon our daughter woke up, she brought her brother the gift she had picked out and our new son spent the morning surrounded by loving parents, grandparents and sister.
 
I only had slight tearing along my episiotomy scar, and it healed easily.

 

Monday
Oct062008

N's Story- 10 lbs., 10 oz.- Birth Center

10 lbs., 10 oz.

23 inches

Head circumference: 38 cm (at 5 days old)

Hospital Birth Center

Mother's height: 5' 10"

 

How was your pregnancy?

It was fine! I had no problems except the normal aches and pains and first trimester nausea. I felt pretty good being pregnant and enjoyed it for the most part. It was also one of the best body-image times of my life; I felt good about how I looked.

 

How did you feel about your upcoming birth?

I was excited and nervous, of course. I was sure I would deliver late, because everyone in my family goes late, and everyone has giant babies, and so was really anxious about not being able to deliver in the Birth Center, because after two weeks past your due date they make you go to Labor & Delivery. That was probably my biggest worry. I really really wanted to have a natural birth, and felt that would be more likely in the Birth Center. I also didn't want to have to deal with anyone wanting to induce labor. Luckily I went into labor naturally before that two week mark! (but not much before)


Description of your birth experience:

I was in labor for three days; it was exhausting - I didn't get much sleep during that time. We went to the Birth Center and were kept there for 12 (?) hours and then sent home to labor more... then back to the Birth Center a day(?) later. It was exhausting.  There was some drama right after he was born, because the cord broke with the placenta still inside. I think the midwife pulled on it to see if it would come out and it broke, which is a little annoying to me, becuause it probably would have come out on its own. Instead she tried to reach in and get it but failed, called in the attending doctor, and she managed to reach in and get it. This was VERY uncomfortable - painful! - I think it was the worst part of the whole thing. I also had a pretty bad tear that had to be repaired. In spite of this slightly rocky ending, I feel really good about L's birth. I got what I wanted - a natural, drug-free birth that was allowed to progess at its own pace, and I got to connect with him right after his birth.


How did you feel after the birth (first month)?

I had a very rough first 5-6 weeks. I had a bit of PPD, and was also dealing with the fact that L had a spinal defect that required neurosurgery. They found it the day after he was born, but we didn't know what the surgery entailed, how bad it was, etc., until he got an MRI at three months. So it was hanging over our heads, which was pretty awful. I still felt good about the birth, however.


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now?

He had his surgery at 6 months, and everything came out fine, so I felt MUCH better then. I still felt good about the birth, but around L's first birthday I was thinking a lot about the birth, and there are several things about the care we received that bug me. I still feel positive about it, though.


What did you learn from this birth?

I learned what I was made of. It was incredibly empowering, and I know with certainty now that at the core, at the gritty center, I am a bad-ass.  I also learned that next time I want to have a home birth.


Any words of wisdom to impart?

I am a firm believer that the vast majority of the time, a woman will not grow a baby that she is unable to birth normally (vaginally.)  If this were not so, the species would have died off a long time ago. I would encourage women to take the opportunity for empowerment that childbirth offers (not to mention how much better for baby vaginal birth is.)

Wednesday
Sep172008

Andrea's Stories- SEVEN "Macrosomic" babies-VBAC & Home

Baby#1: 9 lbs., 8oz.; 21 " head ? ;hospital that ended as a c-section

Baby #2: 9 lbs., 3 oz; 20 1/2",Head 14 1/4"; hospital ; vbac; but assisted by midwife

Baby #3: 9 lbs., 6 oz; 22 1/2"; Head 14 1/2"; Homebirth

Baby#4: 9lbs., 4oz; 20 7/8"; Head ?; Homebirth

Baby #5: 9lbs., 9 oz; 20 5/8"; Head 14 1/2"; Homebirth

Baby #6: 8 lb., 13 oz; 20"; Head ?; Homebirth

Baby #7: 9 lbs., 3 oz; 19 5/8"; Head 14 1/8"; Homebirth

Baby #8: Homebirth planned


Mother's Height: 5' 5 1/2 "


How was your pregnancy?

Other than some high blood pressure with baby # 7 things were pretty much textbook.


How did you feel about your upcoming birth?

Excited, calm, know I can do this!!!


Description of your birth experience:

My first birth was HORRIBLE; 27+ hours labor, multiple times getting stuck, stuck in a bed most of labor, not able to get up, they ended up deciding she was just to big and I needed a c-section. I was 9 cm dilated.


The next birth was with a midwife and a wonderful doctor who let her do her stuff. Since my birth was so long the last time, I didn't rush to the hospital. When they checked me I was 9 cm. They didn't have time to do any intervention but the belly baby monitor. He was born quickly. I actually had to not push to wait for my md so that the midwife would be allowed to assist. He was born 9lbs. 6 oz. You can't tell me that those 3 oz. Made my daughter too big.


The next 2 births were fast relatively easy births. Both under 3 hours. Both 9lb + baby boys.


Then the 5th baby decided to come in a whirl wind. She was late arriving but made up for it in her birth. The midwife barely made it across the room to catch her. She was my biggest baby at 9lbs. 9 oz. and I didn't have to push at all. She fell out. Swift and clean! She was a dream birth and labor.


The next 2 came within 3 hours of labor and were both 9 lb+ baby boys. Simple straight forth births.


How did you feel after the birth (first month)? I'm always tired from lack of sleep. But am usually able to get back to my old schedule in about 2 weeks.


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? Totally healed and great.


What did you learn from this birth?

I can have a big baby. They were wrong. I ended up having a baby bigger than that first one and her birth was a breeze. Don't believe the lie that you can't have a big baby vaginally. I have proven it 6 times now. They just want you to birth in their time frame. Not your baby's.


Any words of wisdom to impart?

Let your body bring this baby out. It does know what to do. And you can deal with the pain if you work with it. Not against it.

Tuesday
Sep092008

Erika's Story- 9 lbs., 8 ozs.- Home

9 lbs., 8 oz.

15 inch head circumference

"Home, in the birth tub!”

Mother’s height: 5'3"

 

How was your pregnancy?

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. I was healthy and so was baby. Baby was 12 days post date, but other than that I felt great!

How did you feel about your upcoming birth? Excited, anxious, confident

Description of your birth experience:

Welcoming Harper Corrigan

I woke at 8:30 am Sunday May 12th with mild cramping. Being 41.5 weeks pregnant I was sure I was going to be pregnant forever, so I dismissed the idea that labor had started. Tony had been home from work for several days and was returning that morning. I got up and made breakfast while Tony got ready. At 10:30 am, just before Tony was to leave I started to notice that the cramping did not go away... in fact it had become a little stronger and more regular. I timed a few. Sure enough they were coming every 5 minutes. Tony made a quick call to work to let them know he would not be coming in, then got to work filling the birth tub. We had a feeling it would take quite awhile and we were right!

I labored throughout the day, spending most of my time on the birth ball or sitting on our rocking loveseat. The contractions started getting pretty strong at about 2:00. I tried to nap a little but was only comfortable for a half hour or so. I really wanted to be in the water but the tub was still filling. We would fill until the hot water ran out, then wait an hour, then fill again. It was a slow process. Finally at approximately 3 pm I moved to the birth tub. It felt great even though it wasn't quite as warm as I would have liked. After spending an hour or so there I decided to move to our bath tub so we could cover the birth tub and let the heater heat the water a little. We had planned a water birth and I wanted to make sure the water was warm enough for Baby.

It was around the time that I moved to the bath tub that we decided to give our midwives a call. They arrived at 5:35 pm. I was in laborland at this point, working very hard to stay on top of each contraction. After a quick blood pressure check and a listen to Baby they started boiling and microwaving big pots of water to pour into the birth tub. It was funny to me that they were actually boiling water for my birth! Isn't that what they always tell someone to do in the movies! When the water was nice and warm I gladly moved from the bath room back to the birth tub. I spent the next hour or so kneeling and leaning on the side of the tub.

I was having long contractions close together, most of them double peeking. My membranes had still not ruptured and I remember thinking that if my water would break that my Baby would be right there! I was just getting ready to ask one of the midwives to please just break my water when POP! ruptured membranes! I immediately felt the Baby move down. The next contraction I was pushing~ finally! I started pushing at 7:40 pm and his head was out within 4 or 5 pushes. My midwife checked for the cord around Baby's neck. The cord was indeed there but she could not unwrap it. She had me push a little but baby did not move. She had me get onto my hands and knees and push while she helped him out. At 7:59 pm our beautiful Baby was born! I immediately turned to see my Baby and saw a BOY! I was so surprised and happy at the same time!

We weighed our little guy about 2 hours after the birth~ 9 pounds 8 ounces! Not so little after all! He is a happy, gorgeous boy. He nurses like a champ, sleeps great, and loves to snuggle! We are truly blessed to have little Harper in our lives, and can't wait to watch him grow!


How did you feel after the birth (first month)? I lost quite a bit of blood after the placenta expelled so I was pretty weak for several days. but really it was okay because all I wanted to do was lay in bed and nurse my big baby anyway!


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? Wonderful! I still have placenta brain (does that ever go away?) but other than that life is good.


What did you learn from this birth? I learned that I am amazingly strong and listening to and trusting my body turned out to be the very best way to give birth.


Any words of wisdom to impart? Women are strong~ incredibly and beautifully strong!

Tuesday
Sep022008

Zoller Family's Stories- Many Big Babies- Hospital

Baby #1 9 lbs., 1 oz.-- 20"

Baby#2  8 lbs., 13 oz.-- 20"

Baby#3  10 lbs., 2 oz.--  20.5"

Hospital
 
Mother's Height: 5' 8"


How was your pregnancy?
They were all unremarkable ( or perfect as I like to say ;))


How did you feel about your upcoming birth?
Excited for all


Description of your birth experience:
They each had their own little challenges but They were all so beautiful and unique!
The only time I ever had anyone predict the weight of a baby was with Baby #3. The ob thought s/he would be between  8 1/2 and 9 lb - but was he surprised LOL


How did you feel after the birth (first month)?
With each I was tired... exhausted really. Didn't seem to be worse with each baby though. Just remained about the 'same'


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now?
6 months after the first two was long ago (13 and 12 years) and so I can't really recall - but I know I did suffer through some depression after baby #2 and then with baby #3 I had some pretty bad anxiety issues. But he had health problems that we couldn't get diagnosed (ended up being allergies) and so I think that played a major part in that anxiety.


Now?? We're excited to welcome baby #4 in November


Tuesday
Sep022008

Mitzi's Story- VBAC- Hospital

8 lbs. (VBAC)

20 inches

Hospital

Mother's Height: 5' 6"


How was your pregnancy?
Very easy

 

How did you feel about your upcoming birth?
Excited, but very nervous about the possibility of a second c-section.  My first son was induced because my previous ob thought he was late, and the induction turned into a c-section.  The midwives I saw said it was probably an unnecessary c-section, and after reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and other natural birth books, I agree.  I did not want to have another experience like that one.  I had my heart set on a vbac, as natural as it could be.  I wanted it to be the complete opposite of my first birth experience, which involved Pitocin, an epidural, and then all the drugs a c-section entails.  I wanted to make the step into womanhood that I instinctually felt a natural birth would bring me.

 

Description of your birth experience:
My amniotic sac broke around 11:30 pm on July 30 - the day before my estimated due date.  My dh and I went for a walk in the neighborhood, but contractions were few and far between, so we went back to bed.  The next morning, my doula joined us for a more strenuous walk around the neighborhood.  Contractions picked up, but needed a bit of a push.  I took some castor oil, which really got things moving!  The shower quickly became my best friend as we worked through the pain together (my dh and I).  We left for the hospital around 6 pm.  I remember having two strong contractions on our way to the birthing room - one in the lobby and one in the hallway on the labor and deliver floor - and worrying that my sarong wasn't covering me well enough, and then thinking, "Who cares?  I'm giving birth!"  (My husband assures me I was decent.)  When we got to the room, I was very dismayed to find out that I was only dilated 4 cm ... I'd been convinced I was at least 8 and would be pushing in no time at all.  But things moved quickly after that.  My moans turned animalistic around 7 pm, and my body began pushing even though I wasn't fully dilated.  It hurt, of course, but felt amazing at the same time.  It was one of the very few times in my life that I was truly in the moment.  I couldn't think about anything but what my body and the baby were doing together.  All this time, my husband, our doula, the midwife and the nurse were wonderful supporters, breathing with me, reminding me to drink plenty of water (which was surprisingly difficult to do) and guiding me through the times I felt I MUST have some pain relief.  Without them, I would not have accomplished my goal of the natural vbac, I am certain.

George was born at 11:02 pm that evening, on his due date.  He was perfect!  It was the most amazing feeling when he slithered out.  I had a small, internal tear that required 3 stitches, but that was all.  (Again, the support of everyone in the room was invaluable.  The midwife instructed me to slow my pushing at just the right time, and everyone hissed "sssss" with me to help with this necessary slowing.)  I was able to hold him immediately, such a change from my first birth!  Night at day.

One thing I was surprised about that really sticks out: when my body began pushing, if I didn't "help it along" but consciously pushing with it, it was very painful.  But if I worked with my body, it felt ... not enjoyable, but good in the way hard work feels good.

 

How did you feel after the birth (first month)?
George is only 3 weeks old, but so far, so good!  I feel much more confident in my abilities as a mother because of my experience with my first son, and also my mother traveled out and has been with us, helping so much.  I am tired, of course!  But nursing has been easier, and I have also not felt any of the post-partum blues I felt with Jackson (my first son).  Also, not having to deal with abdominal stitches is wonderful!  I was able to move around much more quickly with this one.


How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? n/a

 

What did you learn from this birth?
That I can do it!  And I will do it for any other children that come our way.


Any words of wisdom to impart?
Do the research.  Don't rely solely on what your doctor or midwife or anyone tells you ... go after the birth YOU want and know you can achieve.  And read Ina May, if you can get her book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.  Such an inspiration to me!


Tuesday
Sep022008

Chloe's Story- 10 bs., 12 oz.- Hospital birth center

10 lbs., 12 oz.

22 inches

15 inch head circumference

Hospital – Water birth suite with a midwife 
 
Mother's height: 5' 9”
 


 
How was your pregnancy?

Generally speaking my pregnancy was a piece of cake.  My body seemed to adjust well to the weight, hormonal, internal, etc. changes without complaint or concern.  By 38 weeks my blood pressure was starting to rise and my midwife didn't want to push it over the edge so I was put on modified bed rest for the remaining 4 weeks of my pregnancy (which was really just fine because I had already decided that I would take leave from my job prior to the birth and I love to nap anyway!).  I also began having trouble with my sciatic nerve in the last 1.5 months of the pregnancy but I went to see a chiropractor right away (and this was my first time ever to see a chiropractor).  I believe that the regular appointments that we maintained for the month prior to my son's birth helped to keep the pain from growing worse and helped prepare my body all the more for the birth experience. 


How did you feel about your upcoming birth?

Excited.  There were the few times that the reality that this baby had to come into this world literally through me was a bit overwhelming, but I felt very prepared for the birth.  I was really excited about having a water birth.  I believed in my ability to birth my child and I tried to take each day as it came rather than anticipate the possibilities. 
 
Description of your birth experience:  
My son arrived into the world at exactly 42 weeks.  Though I was working with a team of midwives, even they could not allow me to go past that mark in pregnancy.   I desperately did not want to be induced (and I was willing to fight for it).  My son had received two bio-physical profiles in his 41st week indicating that all was well (and also indicating that he was likely a 10+ pound baby and therefore I was eligible for an elective c-section).  On the Thursday before my son was born, the team discussed and decided they would allow me one extra day—they would induce on Monday rather than Sunday.   That day made all the difference.   

The first step in encouraging my baby into the world was the application of prostaglandin gels.  These gels help to kick a ready cervix into gear and thankfully they worked for me.  By evening I was experiencing regular contractions and after doing figure eights on the birthing ball I believed my water had broken (though it wasn't that much).  Long story short, after a night of on again and off again contractions we were told to head to the hospital by noon if we didn't feel the need to come in sooner.  We met our doula at the hospital.  Shortly after our arrival a sample was taken to determine whether or not my water had broken, and it hadn't, it was apparently a small tear in the amniotic sac that I experienced and that explained why labor had never kicked into high gear.  We made the decision to have my bag of water broken.  About 4 hours later my son was born after several hours of labor in the tub, on the toilet, and on my hands and knees, with 30 minutes of pushing, and completely natural.  He wasn't born in the water because his estimated size made it potentially more dangerous so after laboring in the tub, I moved to the toilet and before I knew it I was in the bed and ready to push.  I wouldn't have had it any other way.  The water was incredible for moving and floating through contractions and transition but the grounding of gravity outside the tub and the connection I felt with both my husband and our doula allowed the actual birth to be a beautiful shared experience.   


How did you feel after the birth (first month)?

Immediately after the birth I was very dehydrated and I actually passed out as they moved me from the water birth suite to our room.  This, of course, scared every one.  Thankfully time in bed with lots of rest and water helped me recover from this exhaustion by the time we left the hospital.  As the pregnancy and birth had gone so well, so did the recovery.  Everything seemed to flow naturally.  There were no concerns with latching and nursing.  Despite tearing I felt that my body healed quickly and fully.  My husband was able to be home with us for a week and we had meals provided by friends for several weeks.  I had the time to rest and bond with my baby. 

 
How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now?

I still feel really great.  Since about 4 months after my son was born I developed an ache in my right hip which is related both to birthing a child and carrying a large baby around on my hip a lot of the time.  Now that I am expecting our second child I am already having recurrence of my sciatic nerve pain and the sore hip continues but again I am trying to maintain my physical activity and I am seeing both a chiropractor and a physical therapist to work to prevent the problems from growing worse as my body grows and changes yet again.  I have realized that ignorance really is bliss and that heading into round two I carry more mental baggage having been through this once already.  I am working to really trust my body and to trust myself as I did so well the first time around. 
 

What did you learn from this birth?

You can do it!  I can do it!  I strongly believe that our bodies are made to deliver our babies, regardless of their size.  Certainly there are situations that call for medical intervention on all levels but to hand out elective c-sections because someone might have a 10+ pound baby is ridiculous.   

Any words of wisdom to impart?

There is no use anticipating something you don't know – when people heard that my son would likely be 10+ pounds they would gasp.  I didn't let it get to me.  I had never had a baby before, for all I knew an 8-pounder would feel exactly the same as a 10-pounder. 

Trust your body.  Trust your instincts. 

Hire a doula and seriously consider using a TENS unit to balance the intensity of contractions. 

Be sure of what you are hoping for in your birth experience but be flexible.  And have people around you that know your hopes too (write a birth plan). 


Don't be afraid to make noise as you need to during the labor process. 

Take a Bradley class. 


Read about and watch videos on natural birth and be inspired!


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