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Hi Everyone<br><br>
Anyone here who have children and had natural birth?<br><br>
I am due on 12 May and want to have natural birth as I think it would be best for 'jellybean' and myself.<br><br>
Anyone who can share an experience with me.<br><br>
Hope Jellybean plays along and it can happen for me.
 

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I was lucky enough to have natural childbirth with all three of my children, but that was back in the 1970s, lol. I would imagine it's changed a bit. But then I guess if natural means no drugs, then natural is natural, right? Anyway, it's probably best to wait for some of the newer moms to come on board. I will say I was lucky in that all three deliveries were only four hours from first pain/water breaking to the moment they arrived. Good luck and I hope all goes well!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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wow karenlovessnow thanks for the feed back. I can only hope my birth goes as smoothly as yours. if you did it 3 times i can manage 1 time right?<br><br>
i was very impressed with my Doctor in South Africa the C Section rate is very high as the Doctors just suggest it but my Doctor discussed it ALL with me and actually made me realise that I want natural birth unless there is complications.
 

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Define natural birth. Just no pain stuff? At a doctors/hospital or at home with a midwife?<br><br>
Anywho, I had the easy part as I was the mrs.'s Lamaze partner. She had all 3 w/o the pain stuff, middle kid was 9# 14oz...
 

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Congrats!!<br><br>
I gave birth to my son in a birth center. Your chances for a natural birth* tend to be higher outside of a hospital, but some hospitals are better than others and not everyone is comfortable with being outside a hospital. At a birth center an epidural isn't an option so you either deal or have to transfer lol. A doula can be wonderful for support, especially in a hospital setting. Whoever your care provider is, ask their csection rate (or hospital transfer rate if birth center or home birth midwife etc). Avoiding interventions like induction (when not medically necessary) can also increase your chances of a natural birth.<br><br>
*to me, a natural birth is a vaginal birth without epidural or pain medications. To some people it simply means vaginal birth rather than csection
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Fyvel</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3089829"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
*to me, a natural birth is a vaginal birth without epidural or pain medications. To some people it simply means vaginal birth rather than csection</div>
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That's my definition as well but we had a neighbor and friend at the time where natural birth to her meant at home w/o a doctor, which is why I asked for clarification... just so everyone's on the same page. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Congrats on your pregnancy!<br><br>
I had an epidural with my son's birth, and a natural birth with my daughter a year later.<br>
I had a terrible reaction to the epidural, I had a week long severe migraine, partial numbness that didn't go away, and pain in my spine. I took the opportunity to have the epidural when I was in labor because I was in pain, and I was scared of more pain. I was terribly uneducated about labor and birthing and fearful of it all. That is why I caved in when they offered it to me. After my experience with it, I vowed to never have it again.<br><br>
When I was pregnant with my daughter I researched and educated myself about natural childbirth and pain reducing methods. Hypnobabies is great- take a look at that. When I was in labor with her, I told everyone, all the nurses and my OB that I did not want an epidural to be offered to me, and even put a sign on the door. Nobody mentioned it once. I labored with her for 5 1/2 hours and felt every contraction. I breathed through the pain and focused. I listened to my favorite songs and drowned out all the background noise. I transitioned and lost control, screaming a bunch and pushed her out. I felt everything. Then I felt no pain. I had no side effects, nothing but beautiful endorphins and the chance to fully bond with my new daughter. The difference was night and day with both births. I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat! It felt amazing, like running a marathon.<br><br>
If I have another baby, I would consider a home birth with a midwife, I like things to naturally happen. I think hospitals tend to push things in the wrong direction, and are induction happy. Many women end up with c-sections. Thats my personal choice.<br><br>
How you want to birth is up to you. Everyone has an idea of what they consider special and logical. No matter what, every birth is beautiful and unique.<br><br>
Good luck to you, may you have a smooth and happy pregnancy!
 

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Congrats!!<br><br>
I gave birth to my son in a birth center. Your chances for a natural birth* tend to be higher outside of a hospital, but some hospitals are better than others and not everyone is comfortable with being outside a hospital. At a birth center an epidural isn't an option so you either deal or have to transfer lol. A doula can be wonderful for support, especially in a hospital setting. Whoever your care provider is, ask their csection rate (or hospital transfer rate if birth center or home birth midwife etc). Avoiding interventions like induction (when not medically necessary) can also increase your chances of a natural birth.<br><br>
*to me, a natural birth is a vaginal birth without epidural or pain medications. To some people it simply means vaginal birth rather than csection</div>
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A doula is amazing and supportive!
 

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*to me, a natural birth is a vaginal birth without epidural or pain medications.</div>
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I'm not a Mom and I post the same thing every time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> but my sister just had her 5th and 6th kid on Saturday, all natural. Kids #2, 4, 5, and 6 were natural. She loves it and wouldn't have it any other way. Her daughter was breached after her son was born (twins) and the doctor was pushing for a c-section. Her husband had to step in because the doctor wasn't taking no for an answer. 45 minutes later, the baby turned on her own and she delivered a very healthy child. Had she been given a c-section, she would have been recovering for 6-9 months rather than a week or two. Doctors use scare tactics to get you into the OR, it's scary. Trust your instincts and do what you feel is best for you and your child. My Mom had all 4 of hers naturally too.<br><br>
I post this in every natural birth thread too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Water birth, baby #4:<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXsSjCwwkM" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXsSjCwwkM</a>
 

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I post this in every natural birth thread too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Water birth, baby #4:<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXsSjCwwkM" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXsSjCwwkM</a></div>
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That is a great video! Her emotions had me emotional!<br>
I hope you don't mind if I share with my fellow crunchy hippie momma friends.
 

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That is a great video! Her emotions had me emotional!<br>
I hope you don't mind if I share with my fellow crunchy hippie momma friends.</div>
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I cry every time I watch it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Don't mind at all. It wouldn't surprise me if my sister knew your crunchy momma friends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> One of my X-Files friends, who I've never met, knows my sister through a Crunchy Mommy group. When I posted pictures after the twins birth, she was like "Your sister is Wendy? I know her!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Small world.
 

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I cry every time I watch it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Don't mind at all. It wouldn't surprise me if my sister knew your crunchy momma friends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> One of my X-Files friends, who I've never met, knows my sister through a Crunchy Mommy group. When I posted pictures after the twins birth, she was like "Your sister is Wendy? I know her!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Small world.</div>
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The internet is a small world <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I am super close friends with a girl I met on one of my mommy boards- I found out she lived 5 minutes from me!<br><br>
you are a very lucky auntie btw!
 

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oh wow thanks everyone for the great advice.<br><br>
Mollycakes I am actually starting my hypno birthing course middle February on 28 weeks with my husband so looking forward to it.<br><br>
I was very impressed with my doctor as (being very un-educated) with my first child told her I think the least complicated would be C section (everyone I know had one and are so scared of natural birth).<br><br>
She told me straight that natural birth is def the least complicated and also the best for the baby (if there is no complications). She told me all the pro's of having natural birth and even when I did mention pain relieve from epidural said I must first go read up about it. I have no midwife, only my Gynea and will be having the baby at Medi Clinic. South Africa has the highest rate of C sections. Was really impressed with my doctor.<br><br>
I big factor for me is the that you can hold your baby right away and not wait. Also that you recover way faster and they dont have to cut you accept maybe doing little incessions if you look like you going to tear.<br><br>
I am doing lots of aqua, swimming, yoga and pilates do prepare my body, so trying to stay as fit.<br><br>
Next step is the hypno birthing course.<br><br>
About the epidural, I must admit I am not 100% sure yet, think its mostly the fear of thinking you will not be able to bear the pain?
 

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That is a great video! Her emotions had me emotional!<br>
I hope you don't mind if I share with my fellow crunchy hippie momma friends.</div>
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OH MY WORD what an awesome video.... now I am sitting with tears in my eyes at work and its a dead give away that I am not working :O)
 

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I don't have kids yet but, natural Birth is something without drugs sometimes in the hospital without drugs and that waterbirth, If I end up pregnant some day I hope so, I will go for the water birth unless there is a emergancys.
 

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hi everyone, just an update<br>
8 weeks to go... wow can't believe time has flown so quickly. so far "jeallybean" is laying correct and really enjoyed my course in hypno birthing, really so undercover still here in cape town, south africa, dont know why as it helped me so much just staying positive and trusting my body, mind and baby will work together.<br><br>
Its just a gift to be carrying such a miracle.<br><br>
Can't wait to meet my little princess.
 
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