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Going Natural on Birth #2

Hello lovely ladies!

I delivered my daughter in July of 2015 at 40+3dys. I got food poisoning and had to go into the hospital. While I was there, my dr. told me I was having contractions, but no dilation. So they gave me cervadil overnight to see if I could deliver the next day with pitocin. At that point I hadn't slept the night before and I didn't sleep the night while I was being induced.  I had contractions all night while hooked up to the infernal monitors. The meanest nurse ever kept coming in and jerking the monitor straps around on my contracting belly and telling me to stop moving. My water broke at 4:30am, and a nurse gave me a shot of pain meds because I was sleepily mumbling that I was in pain. At 5:30, they burst in the room and started giving me an epidural. At this point I was high on pain meds and my husband was still asleep. I couldn't even process that I was getting an epi, much less tell them that I wanted to wait. Later, I kept asking my husband when I was going to get the epi and he said I already had it. Turns out that anesthesiologist wasn't in network so I paid full price for that epi!! Pain meds make me very sleepy, so I was way out of it the whole day. When it was time to push. I had no idea where to direct that energy. I could barely even keep my eyes open. I ended up pushing for almost 5 hours because I had no sensation of what to do. My DD's heart rate kept dropping and they started getting that "c-section" look in their eyes and whispering to my Dr. on the phone. When Dr. arrived she was already talking episiotomy and using the vacuum. I only needed one more giant push to get her out because I was NOT doing that.

All this to say, I do no want to take this route again. I hated being hooked up to the monitors and being forced to stay in bed during early contractions. I hated feeling "handled" by the hospital and poked with pain meds and an epi before I felt like I had consented. I did not like that I was so out of it the whole day from the drugs and so tired that I could hardly hold my baby. I hated staying 3 nights in the hospital where everybody seemed to burst in our room every 5 minutes to ask some asinine question.

As we start TTC #2, I wondering if natural birth is the right path this time. 

Has anyone here made the choice to go natural after having a medicated birth? What were you experiences? Would you recommend one over the other? Were you able to use the same doctor/hospital as before? How do they handle women who go late like I did that don't want to be induced? 

Any insight would be GREATLY appreciated! 
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