3rd Trimester

Natural Birth

Hi Mommies!

I'm 28 weeks so I'm really now starting to make sure I have everything in order for baby's arrival so there is no stress once we get closer.

Are there any other Mom's out there that have done natural birth w/ no drugs? I would really love to go all natural but this is my first baby so I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? 

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  • I'm also planning on going med free. DH and I have prepped w/ Bradley classes, so I feel like we're as "ready" as we can be. Definitely check out the Natural Birth Board. There are some really great ladies over there with lots of info.


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    Hi Mommies!

    I'm 28 weeks so I'm really now starting to make sure I have everything in order for baby's arrival so there is no stress once we get closer.

    Are there any other Mom's out there that have done natural birth w/ no drugs? I would really love to go all natural but this is my first baby so I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? 

    I had an unmedicated birth. The best thing you can do is read read read and take some Bradley Classes (you can google). Really learning to manage your pain when you get there is important. Truthfully, it all went out the window during my labor and I rode it out with a lot of cursing.

    Its a really broad thing to ask about "thoughts or suggestions". What exactly do you want to know? Any more specific questions that you have that we can answer? I mean, my thought is that everyone's labor is individual and there is no shame in getting the drugs if you want them.

    I think no one knows what they are getting themselves into. Every birth is different. So even an experienced mom can be thrown for a loop. I have a dear friend who wanted an unmedicated birth and ended up with a C-section. She planned for everything and could not predict medical emergency. It happens.

    The best advice? Don't cling to a plan. Go with the flow.  

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  • While I plan to go "med free", I'm also staying open minded to pain medication.

    Check out the natural board. Tons of women there with experience.
  • I had an unmedicated birth. You are very vague, what specifically do you want to know? My only advice is to research, and hire a doula if you have the means.
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  • Read. Read. and get informed. I didn't know there was so much to know and be informed about. Decide on what you want to do, and check out the nature birth board on TB, they have a lot of great women on there with TONS of advice. :) Also think about taking a class like Bradley Method. That's what I am using. HTH and GL!

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  • I have had three natural births and going for my fourth anyday now. Going natural for the most part is more mental then anything. If your the type of person that needs to know what and why things are happening to you and what the pain means then read up on Bradley methods and the birthing process in general. Other then taking classes or hireing a doula the best advice I can give is to not fight the pain it has a purpose . The more you fight against the pain or let the fear of pain control you the more intense the pain will be . Focus on one contraction at a time and remember that if you made it through the last contraction you'll make it through the next do not let doubt overtake you you can do it . If you have any spacific questions feel free to ask.
  • I'm hoping to go med-free as well and I've been trying to read a lot of birth stories of all kinds, not just un-medicated. It helps me feel more confident and less fearful. I think that's probably really going to be key. I'm taking a class with dh, but not any specific method. I'm also finding it very important to go over with dh just what I need, what we could possibly expect, my wishes, etc since he'll have to be my advocate. We aren't hiring a doula, but our hospital does have a free volunteer doula service.
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  • We're preparing for a completely natural birth (med-free, intervention-free, vaginal birth).  I've been preparing the entire pregnancy by doing some reading (The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth are two books I recommend) and reading birth stories of natural birth mommies on Birth Without Fear (website).  Then around 28 weeks I started GentleBirth Hypnosis and Blissborn Birth Hypnosis home study programs and they have helped A LOT!!!  I sleep great and feel very confident about my birth.

    So the three things I would recommend is to find a "birthing method" that you like.  Hypnosis isn't for everyone but I really enjoy it.  But there's also Bradley and other methods out there you can research and try.  Also do your research on natural pain management (tubs, balls, walking, etc.) so you can start creating ideas on how to get through labor.   Then talk to your care provider about how they feel about natural birth and if they deal with it a lot.  Some are a bit more positive about it, others not so much.  Midwifes tend to be more NB friendly, but not always and there are a lot of very NB friendly OBs and doctors out there, too!  I go to a family doctor who is very pro-NB. 

    But most importantly, and this is what I love about my home study classes, mentally prepare yourself for anything and everything that can happen.  You can't predict birth and even being well-prepared you may find yourself having to have interventions or wanting pain management and that's OK!  Both of my hypnosis classes have classes/hypnosis sessions for preparing for anything in birth including inductions and c-sections.

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  • Natural birth is nothing to worry about, if you feel like you can't handle it, there is always options of getting an epidural or going Cesarean. It's always good to keep your baby not drugged up while you and him are trying to work together to get him out. But don't ever feel like your less of a women because you had drugs or CS. Every women is different, and that's the best part! Hope everything works out for you, good luck! 
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    Natural birth is nothing to worry about, if you feel like you can't handle it, there is always options of getting an epidural or going Cesarean. It's always good to keep your baby not drugged up while you and him are trying to work together to get him out. But don't ever feel like your less of a women because you had drugs or CS. Every women is different, and that's the best part! Hope everything works out for you, good luck!nbsp;

    Maybe I'm missing something but I really didn't think cesarean was something you could just choose because you're in pain...

    OP, I'm a FTM but plan to do med free as well. What has made me feel more confident is ignoring or not discussing it with people who say there is no possible way you can do it. I had been hearing that from random people and it was just not helping, it was from people who had never had a med free birth.

    Definitely read up on different methods like pp said. From what I've heard, even if all those methods go out the window, it helps to be prepared. That makes sense to me. And I'm just going into it with the attitude that things happen and to go with the flow, I'll get a baby at the end and that's what matters!
  • My first came so fast there was no time for drugs.  My advice is DO NOT focus on the pain.  If you do you will get scared which will tighten everything thing up and just hurt more.  Instead I focused on making low moaning sounds through the contractions. Remember women have been doing this for millions of years and try to relax.  Also a little tip.  Blow air out during contractions but hold your breath to push.  I know everyone is different but this worked for me.  Good luck!

     

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  • I had a med free birth at a birth center. I think the most helpful thing for me was delivering at a birth center with a midwife rather than in a hospital. The birth center has no meds on site (the hospital was just across the parking lot though) so it was helpful to know that they weren't readily available and no one ever mentioned meds. I didn't have a printed put birth plan, but if you are having a hospital birth it might be a good idea to write one out or just make sure to tell the staff that you don't want to be offered pain medication. 

    The natural birth board is a great resource and a great place start. Once you read a bit more you may come up with some more specific questions that you haven't even thought of yet. GL 


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  • I had an epi with my first, did not with my second due to precipitous labor (no time) and chose not to get an epi with my third. (Never had any interest in the narcotic options.)

    All that said, I don't think I could have gone med-free with my first. My contractions are hell but doable for the 2-4 hours my last two labors lasted. My first was 13 hours. I would not have been able to make it. Just being honest.

     

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  • I had a natural home birth with my first. The best advice I can give is to be extremely informed. Know exactly what is happening with your body and exactly what complications can occur. Know when and if you will consent to medications. Also learn about the different medications and side effects.

    Knowledge will definitely be your friend and help prevent you from having unnecessary interventions. GL!

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  • I had two med free births. The two things that helped me the most were: positive thinking and hot water!

    To elaborate, I did a hypnobirthing course, read the book and took the 'philosophy' seriously. That is, I tuned out negative stories and reactions to my plan for a natural birth and I spent a lot of time practicing relaxation techniques.

    As for the water, I spent as much time in the shower during he first part of active labor as I could. Literally erased 70 of the pain as i went from 1 to 7 cm!

    I definitely agree with pp's who said to keep an open mind. I was willing to entertain meds and interventions as necessary, which totally relieved the pressure of feeling like I had to have a certain type of birth. I was very lucky to have had pretty quick and uncomplicated births.

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  • Yes.  I've done it twice and plan to do it again this time around.  I have had two very different birth experiences, but both have been overwhelmingly positive.  I'm not sure how to answer your question without writing a novel, but I will say that some kind of dedicated preparation is key.  My husband and I took a Bradley course.  Also the natural birth board will be a good resource for you.  Good Luck!
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  • I'm wanting the same with my first, and I find reading Ina May's book on childbirth is sooooooo helpful and amazing!! Get it! It is very mental. Our bodies are made to handle childbirth!
  • I've done it three times and plan to do it for this fourth baby.  I think it's a mind over matter thing and ensuring that your support system can speak for you.  If you think you can do it, then you can.  Just breathe and know it's all for a reason!
  • Learn pain management techniques. Read up on natural birth stories. Take birth classes focused on med-free birthing.  Do as much planning as you can to prepare. Don't go so far that you're dead-set on it.  Medical intervention is a great thing to have available, if you or baby needs it.  I was fortunate to have two med-free births.  They were really good experiences.  I hope you're able to have the same. Good luck to you! 
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  • I didn't prep, I just did it. I'm determined that way. 29 hours, I tore, I bled, I healed, and here I am doing it again.
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  • I have had two natural, unmedicated, water births.  Its totally do-able and if its something that you truly want, you have to believe to your core that you CAN do it.

    Like the other ladies suggested, properly educate yourself.  Take some natural childbirth classes.  Bradley and Hypnobirthing are great.  Birthing from Within is awesome too.  Look up and practice optimal fetal positioning techniques (check out spinningbabies.com). 

    Great books:  anything by Ina May Gaskin, The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Natural Hospital Birth (if you are going to be in hospital)

     

    also check out birthwithoutfear.com Its a great blog and has wonderful pictures and stories to pull strength from.

    When it comes to interventions, avoid induction of labor if you can.  And if you need an induction, make sure your cervix is favorable by the Bishop's score. Also, consider a doula.  And yes, check out the "Natural Birth" board.  The ladies there are invaluable resources.


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    I didn't prep, I just did it. I'm determined that way. 29 hours, I tore, I bled, I healed, and here I am doing it again.

     

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    I didn't prep, I just did it. I'm determined that way. 29 hours, I tore, I bled, I healed, and here I am doing it again.

     

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  • I'm also a FTM and planning on being med and interventionfree. I think it's important to keep an open mind because anything could happen. Also, I watched a documentary called "The Business of Being Born." I found it to be very informative. Women were designed to give birth.... your body is already in the process of doing miraculous things to prepare for labor and delivery! Be encouraged and stay positive! I've been worrying that I might not be able to do it because I'm not necessarily in shape and I don't exercise. But all things are possible with God so I'm gonna rely on Him and not my own strength... because I might just be a wimp! Hope you have an awesome, successful, natural birth :
  • So, I'm back to add to my answer a bit.  Had my baby on Monday morning and definitely had quite the experience!  100% natural labor and delivery (med free, intervention free minus half of an IV for fluids).  My biggest advice is to have a TON of tools when you go in.  I tried a million different positions- from the tub to the birthing ball... from walking to being on all fours... breathing through contractions to humming and groaning through contractions.  I did everything I'd read about other people doing for at least 2-3 contractions.  I ended up not finding one that worked for too long, but was able to use all of them for a bit and most worked for me for the little bit.

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  • Yes, I have had two med free births and plan to do the same again this time around.  I would highly recommend doing as much reading as possible and begin some kind of dedicated preparation for the birth, asap.  My husband and I took Bradley method classes but I know there are other methods out there that people like as well.  The natural birth board will be a good resource to you as well.  Good Luck!
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