Are you considering a natural childbirth? I have three children and the second and third were wonderful, unmedicated births.
I considered trying to go natural with my first but didn't think I could do it. I got an epidural and had a bad reaction to it. I ended up sobbing and shaking for the two hours that I had the epidural. It was very difficult to push the baby out while laying on my back and not being able to feel when to push.
After the birth of my first beautiful baby, I committed that I would do natural childbirth with my second. I began reading several birth stories online and was very inspired by the women. Reading about other women who had done it gave me confidence that I could do it.
I also purchased a book called Birthing From Within. I really liked their approach and the suggestions.Being an artist myself, I was excited to do the birth art. I also really enjoyed practicing the visualization.
I was also inspired by one of my best friends, Katie's experiences. Her first natural birth was with a big, posterior baby. I felt like if she could do it, I could do it. She gave me some great advice and recommendations.
When the time came for the labor and birth I felt nervous but prepared. My husband didn't want to do much preparation but was a perfect support during labor. I was very proud of myself for being able to give birth naturally and had a great sense of accomplishment. I felt that my baby benefitted as well.
Before the birth of my third child, I read a book called Painless Childbirth. Although the birth was not painless, I learned a lot from the book and ahd an even better experience. Read below for the birth story of my third baby.
If you would like to share your birth story please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My friend Katie, who was such as inspiration to me, has come up with her own method for preparing for natural childbirth. It is called Confident Childbirth or the CC Method. It a combination of several different techniques so that you have many resources to draw from during labor.
There are classes available in Atlanta and Charlotte. If you have experienced natural birth and would like to become a childbirth educator you can make anywhere from $40-$100 an hour. The curriculum is set and the clients will sign up online and receive their materials through the mail. There is also a relaxation CD included in the curriculum.
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February 20, 2012
Sunday morning I didn’t feel like going to church. I was having a lot of pressure and tightening for about a week and was feeling very uncomfortable. My mom was at my house and really wanted me to take some castor oil so I told her I would try it. I didn’t want to do it on Saturday due to Lance having a kidney stone, which thankfully he passed Saturday night.
I drank 3 tablespoons of castor oil blended with some juice around 10:30am. It wasn’t too bad. I took a nap a little later and woke up with mild cramps. The cramps continued off and on for a couple of hours. My mom pushed on acupressure points for about a half hour. I had been doing that for a couple of weeks as well. About 5:30 pm my mom suggested that I start timing the cramps. As soon as I did that they seemed to decrease. Around 9 pm they started coming closer together but didn’t seem to be increasing in intensity. I wasn’t sure I was in labor. My girls would not go to bed and at 10:30 pm I was still trying to get them to go to sleep. I started having some real contractions but they were all down low. I had read that real contractions were also were felt up high. It felt more intense though so I told Remi and Ashtyn that we were probably gong to have to go to the hospital that night and if they needed anything to find Dolly (my mom).
I decided to go lay down to see if the contractions would slow down but they picked up. I had a really intense one and it felt like the baby’s little fist punched me really hard during one as if to say, “Get up, it’s time to go.” I got up and grabbed the bag and a few extra things I needed. Lance was downstairs watching TV, I told him it was time to go. He told my mom. She came up and took a picture of my belly. I started shaking as I got my boots and coat on. I continued shaking in the car until I warmed up. We were in the car about 11:10 pm. Lance called our midwife, Danielle Demeter. My contractions were coming irregularly between 1-4 minutes apart. Lance didn’t drive too fast even though he was worried I would have the baby in the car. I think my water broke in the car.
We got to the hospital at 11:30 pm. I had to have Lance get a wheelchair because I didn’t think I could walk. I got on the bed and was only dilated to a 4. That worried me a little. My water gushed out. I was hoping my water wouldn’t break because it provided a good cushion with Ashtyn. I had to be hooked up to the monitor for 15 minutes. That wasn’t fun. Lance went to move the car and seemed to take forever coming back because they had to ask him some questions due to me not pre-registering. The contractions when I was by myself laying on my side were hard. I started using the “Ah breathing” that I had learned about. Making the ahhh sound seemed to really help with my breathing and I think I did a much better job on my breathing this time around.
When Lance got back I leaned over the ball on the bed while Lance pushed on my back. That was better for a couple of contractions. I got in the tub for a few contractions. I also biton a wet washcloth. They increased a lot in intensity. The water wasn’t quite hot enough. I should have asked them to turn on more hot water but I didn’t. I sat on the toilet for a couple of contractions then back on the bed and the ball. The midwife pushed on my back while Lance rubbed my shoulders. I didn’t want to ask Danielle to check the dilation because I was afraid I hadn’t dilated that much. After one contraction I abandoned my washcloth and breathing and begin moaning/crying. Then I said, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it.” The whole time it had been so intense and fast that I was wondering if I should ask for an epidural. My midwife told me after she loves it when women say, “I can’t do it,” because that means a baby is about to be born. I then had the urge to push and I think I would have had him out on the first push but Danielle was holding his head trying to get the cord from around his neck. She told me not to push and I held off for about 2 seconds but couldn’t resist and pushed him out. He had the cord all the way around his body and around his neck twice. She quickly unwrapped him and gave him to me to hold. He didn’t cry for a minute and then didn’t cry much. I sat down with him and he reached up and grabbed my necklace. He was a little pale but was breathing fine. The cord pulsed for about 7-8 minutes and then I got to cut it because Lance didn’t want to. He weighed 8 lbs 10 oz and didn’t even cry while they were weighing him. He was definitely harder to push out than my 6 lb 8 oz little girl!
My baby boy was born at 12:12 am, about 40 minutes after arriving at the hospital. I was grateful for a quick labor even though it was very intense. He has been a very sweet, content baby and we are so happy to have him!
Below are some supplements that I took that I believe may have helped with a faster labor and delivery.
I took Dr. Christophers six week formula, a bottle of black cohosh, a half bottle of evening primrose oil, strep homeopathic (Pleo Sans Strep) and did lots of squatting and massaging acupressure points. I also did lots of visualization. When I visualized labor, I actually visualized having contractions while I was putting kids to bed and that is what happened so it really helped! I also said Open, Open during contractions. I think that may have helped me dilate faster.