We found out last week that J is going to be a big brother! We're still a bit shocked but really excited. I had planned on going med-free with his birth, but ended up getting an epi at 7 cm. His birth was the most calm, enjoyable, laid back experience. We joked and giggled between my pushes and it was just a really nice time. I had no complications.
I have always (ALWAYS) wanted a med free birth. I even switched OBs after having J to the one in our area who is a huge proponent of decreasing interventions in childbirth. I researched doulas and am changing to a different hospital because they are more friendly to decreased interventions in birth.
Problem? 2 of my friends had babies in the last few weeks, and I read their birth stories yesterday. Both went natural and both described it as "awful". One went so far as to call it "the worst thing ever". I'm so freaked out. I don't want this child's birth to be anything I would ever look back on and use those words, but I also want to go natural.
So I need you guys to tell me GOOD and POSITIVE stories about med free birthing. The hospital I'm going to be at this time has a few tub rooms, which you can use if available. Is it possible to have a med free birth that doesn't end in lots of screaming? What method did you use (Bradley, hypno, meditating....). Thanks! I know we have a loooong time, but we're going to start prepping sooner than later.