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View Poll Results: How do you feel when you think about your labour/s?
Awsome; I loved it and it went how id hoped 78 52.35%
Mixed; I was happy to meet my lo but it didnt go to plan 48 32.21%
Not good; I cant think about it without feeling bad 18 12.08%
Awful; I plan to never do it again 5 3.36%
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 15:39 PM   1
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When you think about your labour...


do u have positive or negative feelings?

Everyone I know seems to have negative feelings towards their labour/s. I know I was very lucky and had an absolutely wonderful straight forward labour, I can imagine if it hadnt run so smoothly it might have left me with bad feelings.

Thought id do a poll just out of curiousity



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 15:49 PM   2
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I was very lucky and everything went pretty smoothly, progressed well and just had gas and air. Now that the memory of the pain has gone, I think back on it very fondly as the most incredible experience and almost look forward to hopefully doing it all again!



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 15:50 PM   3
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Both were amazing, but Arthur's home birth was especially so. It wasn't straightforward in that he had shoulder dystocia, but I felt in control and confident throughout it.



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:00 PM   4
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My natural, active, waterbirth with delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin turned into an invasive, long winded induction with failed pain relief, back to back contractions, being tied to the bed (by a drip and constant monitoring) and an eventual c-section. I still feel bad that I lost out on my rite of passage by not giving birth vaginally and I wish I'd been able to have that immediate bonding experience with my little girl.

I was of course over the moon to have my baby with me, but it was entirely against everything I wanted and I mourned that for months. I still feel sad now about it.

But, I will do it again and I will expect the unexpected next time. VBAC here I come!



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:00 PM   5
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I was expecting it to be very different and much worse. I was in early labour for about 10 days with a lot of regular contractions and false starts. Active labour (contractions being 1 in 5 etc) was only a couple of hours long and I ended up with no pain relief and being in hospital for an hour before he arrived after a stressful car journey!

They closed my hospital and I had to go across town in rush hour hence the stress so that wasn't to plan but as I left the house I thought 'ooh I think I'll get an epidural if I've got another 6 hours of this getting worse.'

In a way he came too quickly and I got a third degree tear but it wasn't helped by some inexperienced midwifery. In saying that I recovered very quickly and never had any discomfort or issues with the tear. The only thing that was horrible and much worse than the labour was being examined to decide if I needed to go to theatre. It was excrutiating as I had no pain relief still

As a result of the tear and the fast nature when he arrived we were both shell shocked and I was very weak and I didn't hold him until I was out of theatre. I was then numb and couldn't do what I wanted to with my baby and was very reliant on busy nurses.

To conclude my essay... It was nowhere near as painful as I thought and I immediately said that I would do it again but there are things that I would change.



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:00 PM   6
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Positive feelings for sure! I loved my labor and would definitely do it all again!

I was induced at 38+1 due to PIH. I was put on pitocin at 6am, they broke my water at 10am and at 3pm I was still only dilated to 1cm. I wasnt progressing and started worrying I would get a c section. Contractions hurt but were still bearable. At 5pm I was only dilated to 3cm and contractions hurt like hell! Still didn't want the epidural yet though. At 8pm I had gone 14 hours with no pain medication and was still only 3cm. Contractions were getting worse so I got an epidural, I KNOW I could have gone without it though. After I got the epidural I dilated from 3cm to 10cm in two hours and had my baby at 10:55pm after only two pushes. She was immediately put on my chest to breastfeed and bond.


Can't wait to do it all again!



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:02 PM   7
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My labor didn't go as I hoped but it wasn't horrible either. I really wanted to try without an epidural but my labor stalled. I knew once they started pitocin (my water broke hours before contractions started and we were coming up on 24 hours) I wouldn't handle it. I was having a hard time w/o an epidural at 7cm as it was. But I pushed her out in less than a half hour with only a first degree tear. I was terrified of an episiotomy and c-section and neither happened - so I was happy for that - but still disappointed in myself at the same time for not trying harder without the epidural.



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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:03 PM   8
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I voted awesome because although there was things about it I may not have chosen, I still had a really good experience.

Nathan was back to back, I would obviously have changed that had I any say in it.
Other than that it went great. I went in with a totally open mind to everything and I didn't really have a 'plan' as such, so I think that certainly helped me feel more positive about it.



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:04 PM   9
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I loved my Labour and giving birth, it was straight forward with no complications and no pain relief. I'd do it all again tomorrow if I could.



 
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Old Mar 13th, 2013, 16:05 PM   10
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Negative feelings definitely. My birth was like something out of a horror film! First I wasn't dilating properly, then I wasn't contracting properly either and had to be put on a drip, then he was back to back and stargazing so the pain was excruciating, then I had a failed epidural and had to get two which bloody hurt, then he had foetal distress and my cervix had to manually pushed to 10cm as it was quicker than sending me to theatre for a c section, then I had to push without being ready to and without having the urge to, then it was episiotomy to get the ventouse in, then he was stuck so it was forceps and then I lost a LOT of blood, it was all up the walls, and then he ended up being 9lb 3oz, at least my LO came out safely in the end though.



 
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