22 Weeks Pregnant (Baby #3)
With my 2 other children, I've been induced (one a week late, one a week early). I'm really not sure why I was induced a week early with my 2nd child... I disliked the whole procedure. Water was broken, contractions started, contractions stopped. Pitocin was given... then given some more, and more and more... and then epidural was given. By the time I hit my transition mark (which was from 4 to 5 cm) the baby was in distress. Oxygen was administered to me, and by this time epidural had completely wore off! I felt everything (with a whole bunch of pitocin in my system). Baby was out 15 minutes later.
With all that being said, I'd LOVE to go into labor on my own and I'm praying fervently for that! Would you join me? I also have been researching NATURAL LABOR and I desire to go that route. I do not look down upon women that choose epidurals... I've had 2. BUT, I am looking into my rights and so many things I was never "taught" by the medical profession.
Pros Of Natural Labor
Natural labor is not simply something for mothers to endure; the process provides key mental and physical benefits for mother and baby. When not interfered with, natural labor helps to protect the fetal brain, prepare his lungs, and build his immune system. When uninterrupted, hormonal interplays provide imprinting and attachment between mother and baby, protect mother’s mood, and initiate instinctual parenting behaviors.
- Most natural childbirth techniques are not invasive, so there is little potential for harm/side affects for the baby.
- There is no loss of sensation or alertness.
- You are not tied down to the bed but free to move around.
- More likely to have the natural bonding process between mom and baby.
- Less likely to have negative effects of medication after delivery.
- More likely to get up, walk around, and feel more yourself after labor.
How To Prepare For Natural Labor
- Develop a birth plan.
- Communicate your wishes to your doctor or midwife.
- Consider hiring a Doula if your doctor won't be present. throughout the duration of your delivery.
- Consider childbirth education.
- Be prepared but have realistic expectations.
- Research different coping mechanisms during labor (rubbing your back, birthing ball, cold therapy, laboring in a tub with jets, etc).
How about you? What have your experiences been like?