Hi ladies! This board was so encouraging for me as I was planning my own birth last year. I've successfully been through my own now and am posting more, so I thought I'd officially introduce myself, so...I'm Mrs.BigTime - hello!
I had a beautiful natural birth in December and wanted to share my story. It's long and I've already written it as a blog post, so I'm going to link that instead of writing it all out again.
I'll summarize here though, I saw a MW primarily but had to consult the perinatologists because I had GD. Per the PNP's suggestion, I was scheduled to be induced at 39 weeks. Six hours before needing to call the hospital to check in for our induction, I went into labor at home. I checked into the hospital around 8 am and at 7 cms, in transition. I received one dose of Fentanyl to help me relax between contractions, but otherwise I delivered my daughter naturally, while standing, at 12:22 pm.
I still get goosebumps and such a feeling of pride every time I think about that day! The entire experience was incredible and by far the most amazing thing I have ever done. I feel a bit cheesy to say this, but I have so much more respect for and pride in myself after my birth - freaking 'eh, I'm bad ass!
If you've got some time (it's long!), I'd love for you to read my story here.