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Old Jul 12th, 2013, 14:04 PM   1
9jawife
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Please share your positive natural hospital-birth stories!


I have been seeing a wonderful team of midwives who deliver at one of the local hospitals. But I'm still a bit nervous about delivering in the hospital. Would love to hear your positive stories if you don't mind sharing.



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2013, 10:18 AM   2
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I had a wonderful natural hospital birth. I had planned on having a non-medicated birth, so my husband and I took Bradley classes to prepare. We also hired our Bradley coach to be our doula. My water broke in the early morning hours and off to the hospital I went. During labor, I only had my husband and doula in the room and they massaged me during contractions and helped me stay relaxed. Our doula also had me sit on the toilet facing the wall while my husband rubbed my back, she made me sit there long enough to have 5 contractions, then I would go back to the bed and lie down. I went from 2cm to 10cm dilated in about 6 hours. The nurses and midwives were great, no one offered pain medication and they let me labor how I wanted. Once I started pushing, all the pain seemed to go away, it's amazing. My son was born and I was able to have about 30 min of skin to skin before they weighed him and cleaned him. I had such a great experience, that I think for our next baby, I would love to try and do a home birth. I hope your labor and delivery go well!



 
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Old Jul 14th, 2013, 12:55 PM   3
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I planned a home birth but had to be induced in hospital due to meconium in the waters.

It was a wonderful birth despite the drip! There was only a midwife present and we were very relaxed most of the time, listening to music and chatting.

Because it was an induction, I did go for pain relief (gas and air, and later diamorphine) but I avoided an epidural and any other interventions and LO was born very easily. It was fantastic.

The best thing you can do is not worry. Relax, make your room as homely as possible and trust the staff and your baby.



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2013, 14:07 PM   4
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I had a wonderful birth experience in a hospital.
I had a specific birth plan to be as natural as possible and the hospital fully supported this. I was low dependency so had my own room with en suite, I spent 2 hours of my 4 hour labour in a lavender bath having my back rubbed with lavender oil, watching Britains got talent with gas and air. Baby was back to back so super painful!
I went from 1-4 cm dilated in 2 hours and when I got on bed to be checked, I went from 4-10cm in 40 mins. I pushed 6 times and she popped out.
I had skin on skin for 15 mins as had to go be stitched but my partner then had skin on skin in my absence. My partner was allowed to stay overnight on a pull out bed to help me feed and change baby, and bond. I had as many baths afterwards that I wanted as I felt a bit grotty!
I can't praise my midwife and the hospital enough they were amazing. I'd love to do it all again in there! X



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 04:10 AM   5
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Mine was perfect. 25 hr labour, got to hospital at 4pm, I was 2 cm moved to a ward til 11pm. Was 5 cms so moved to my own room with birthing pool. Gave birth with no gas and air or drugs at 2.24 am everything was calm and just as I wanted it x



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 11:09 AM   6
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 11:21 AM   7
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I had a natural hospital birth in North America using hypnobirthing techniques and nitrous oxide during transition. I really recommend the n.o. for this stage as I found it made it very manageable and I actually remember it fondly I even said I felt like i was at home lol which is a great thing. I had a detailed birth plan and luckily had caregivers who were very supportive of natural birth. Where I'm from you don't choose your labor staff, it just depends who is on call when you get there. If you have supportive midwives then you should have nothing to worry about!

I labored for 6 hours and had 6 hours of pushing due to back to back presentation, but found it all very manageable by focusing on relaxing into each contraction (learned through hypnobirthing). the pushing stage was hard work but had no pain!! I also had a doula which was really important to the success of my natural birth!

are you in the UK or north America? if your hospital has a policy of no eating or drinking in labor I would recommend that you sneak food (i had honey sticks and peanut butter) and drink (like gatorade) for energy. Good luck!!



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 13:48 PM   8
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I had a natural hospital birth in North America using hypnobirthing techniques and nitrous oxide during transition. I really recommend the n.o. for this stage as I found it made it very manageable and I actually remember it fondly I even said I felt like i was at home lol which is a great thing. I had a detailed birth plan and luckily had caregivers who were very supportive of natural birth. Where I'm from you don't choose your labor staff, it just depends who is on call when you get there. If you have supportive midwives then you should have nothing to worry about!

I labored for 6 hours and had 6 hours of pushing due to back to back presentation, but found it all very manageable by focusing on relaxing into each contraction (learned through hypnobirthing). the pushing stage was hard work but had no pain!! I also had a doula which was really important to the success of my natural birth!

are you in the UK or north America? if your hospital has a policy of no eating or drinking in labor I would recommend that you sneak food (i had honey sticks and peanut butter) and drink (like gatorade) for energy. Good luck!!
Hi there, I'm in the U.S. I too have prepared a birth plan and was told by two of the midwives that it was pretty much doable. They did say I could eat and drink. I will not be getting an I.V. I am lucky to be near a hospital that supports natural birth, skin-to-skin, rooming in, etc. We do not have N.O. as an option here (that's the same thing as gas and air, right?) But I have faith my hypnobabies training and water birth will be enough for pain management.



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 14:23 PM   9
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I had a perfect natural hospital birth with my second. Started feeling painful contractions after a whole day of BH. Took a shower and was singing trough the contracrions. After a few hours we decided it was best to go to the hospital. When we came in I got monitored for about 30 minutes. Then my contractions were pretty bad but I managed to breath through them. A MW came to check me and I was 10cm! Changed my clothes, started walking towards the delivery room and got my first "I need to push" contraction. Got to the delivery room and one minute of pushing and she was out!



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 18:24 PM   10
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I had a wonderful hospital natural birth.
I told them I wanted to go natural, the nurses said, OK, let us know if you change your mind.
I was in mid-labor when there was a shift change, so the first nurses were very helpful in trying to help me breathe, they let me move as I wanted, walk around as I wanted to, etc. They pretty much left me alone unless I asked for someone.
When they second mid-wife came I was in serious labor, 8-10 cms. She was wonderful! She held my hands, showed my husband how to support me, just laughed when I told her to get the "f*cking birthing ball out of my face," she helped me walk when I needed to, and she basically just told me how great I was doing the whole time!
The nurses even mailed me a card at my home congratulating me and telling me how great I did! I made me feel really special.

I can't wait to labor with these women again.



 
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