Drug-free Birth - any positives?!
Drug-free Birth - any positives?!
, Jan 31 2005 06:54 PM
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Posted 01 August 2005 - 11:34 AM
Hi Everyone! Just to let you know I had a baby girl on April 8th 2005, her name is Kalani Rose. I am currently working on her birth story to post to let you all know how i went...
Thankyou all for wonderful advice xxxx
Posted 01 August 2005 - 12:47 PM
I just read through this entire post and thankyou all for your experiences as i also am planning on a drug free birth thankyou you have made me more determined to go through with it the way i want
Van-Jordan due soon
Posted 01 August 2005 - 01:22 PM
Both my boys were drug free and I plan on doing the same with number 3. I just feel more in control. But I know if I need pain killers I'll ask for them.
I'm going in and playing it by ear, what happens happens !!
Do what ever you have to do !
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Posted 01 August 2005 - 04:06 PM
Yep - Best thing I EVER did!!!!! :-)
Posted 01 August 2005 - 04:56 PM
Am hoping to have a drug-free birth. Have found already that even though only about 10 people know I'm pregnant, at least 8 of these are telling me I'm crazy!! Good to know others went through negativity like this too!
Posted 03 August 2005 - 05:01 PM
It's so gratifying to see this post pop up again, and to read that I posted on it in February this year, looking for a doula and hoping for a drug free birth! How very long ago that seems...
I found my wonderful doula, and I had my wonderful birth - both of which inspired me to begin training to be a doula myself, and hopefully to experience a couple more drug free births of my own before my childbearing days are over.
Drug free birth is definitely possible. It was more difficult than I could ever have imagined, but also more wonderful, more rewarding, more empowering. I can't imagine it any other way now (with the benfit of hindsight and Mother's Amnesia)!
Here is the link to my birth story, if anybody is interested whilst reading this thread:-http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...16&Topic=178512
Looking forward to hearing many more beautiful birth stories (of any kind) from the ladies who posted on this thread whilst expecting!
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 10:09 AM
I think when women tell you that you are mad wanting a 'drug free' delivery, you are dealing with their insecurities not yours.I was adament that i wanted it drug free, all my work colleagues told me i was unrealistic and crazy- i work in the medical field!!! but as many ladies here have said preparation is everything.I attended pregnancy yoga classes, i used meditation regularly and i truly believed that if it could be done, i would give it my best shot.I was induced for PROM,but apart from gas/air,i did it all myself.The sense of empowermemnt and satisfaction is amazing, my DH was so alet and bright-APGAR was 9-1 and 9-5 and no drugs in his little body.All i hoped for and more.He is my life.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 10:20 AM
I've had 3 bubs, most recently 5 weeks ago. I remember when pg with #1 I was reading all the info from the hospital on the drugs you could have... I asked my DH what he thought, and if he was OK me having drugs if I needed them - his answer "You're the one giving birth, you have what ever you need !!" I have a high pain threshold normally, but as I'd never had a baby before I wasn't sure what it was all going to be like... "The worst pain you'll ever feel" is what I was told by all mums, so I was open to the idea that I may need some drugs... MOVE FORWARD 6 months...
DS was born after 3 hours from first pain to birth. He was 8lb 7oz. My labour was going so quickly with him, and it was pretty scary - I thought how the hell can I do this for 8-10 hours (min for first labours - normally) - but when I got to the hospital and the Middy examined me he was posteria. I asked for an epi at one point and they told me there was no time - I'd be having the baby withing about 30mins... That's why it was so bloody painful :gasp: I had a pethadine shot for my legs about 1 hour before he was born as my body started going into shock.
DD1 - 2hrs 45 mins - 8lb 8oz... GAS only. Had gas for about 3 contractions when my body was telling me to push and I (get this) didn't want to. I told the Middy "No, I'm fine - I don't want to push" - She took the GAS off me and I chucked a tantee (very mature
). I LOVED this birth more as I FELT everything... I could really feel her in the birth canal.
DD2 - 2hrs 29 mins - 8lb 11oz... GAS for one contraction - the one she came out on. AGAIN, I said I didn't want to do this at the 'crucial' point in time - was pretty funny when I think about it, but my body took over - there weren't any options of me 'resisting' this time ... I've attached my most recent L&D Birth Story... http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...16&Topic=187249
Suggest you CAN do it. You need to know what you would be happy to have before you go into labour - ie; kind of like a plan... but, being that I'm on the other side of the birth experience(s) I believe that plans are a nice-to-have, but you don't know what will happen until you get there... Just go with it, and as someone posted earlier, if you do have drugs it doesn't matter... as long as you and the bubba are both safe & healthy after the birth it is ALL that matters.
All the best to the pg girls
- and like with an earlier post, you do feel like part of a special group after giving birth - you've jumped the fence so to speak... and given that there are so many familes with more than one child it isn't that bad at the end of the day (or at least after a few days have passed
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MC - 7 wks Apr 2000
DS - 31.07.2001
DD - 05.12.2002
DD - 01.07.2005
Posted 05 August 2005 - 01:59 PM
I went into labour with a plan...if they offer me drugs I'll take them, but when it actually came down to it I wasnt offered any, so I had a totally drug free birth. It can be done with massage, hot showers, and walking, lots of walking. Staying upright helps too.
Good luck....and remember to do what feels right for you.
DD Jayde 6/9/03
DBF Aaron 29
DSS Bailey 7
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Posted 08 August 2005 - 03:03 PM
hi ive had 2 totally drug free births dd was 2hrs 45min - 7lb4.5oz head 33cm ds was 4hrs 20min- 9lb3oz 37cm head .i was told (by friends/rellies)to prepare for the worst pain ever but went in with an open mind i thought id try drug free but if i needed something id use it .
i had great support for both births and found that with hot packs and baths / showers i was able to acheive drug free births ( i've got to have the lowest pain threshhold of any one i know).
Posted 09 August 2005 - 01:42 AM
I see I posted here too when I was awaiting the arrival of our third child, who is now nearly 5 months old!
Congratulations - it's great you're going on to share your experience with others! http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...16&Topic=157419
(#3 baby's story is there, as are links to his sibling's births, all drug free in case anyone else is interested)
Birth times were #1 was 8-12hrs, #2 was 4 hours and #3 was less than 30 mins... wonder what #4's birth might bring possibly...?! lol!
This message was edited by KristyMumTo3 on Monday, August 29, 2005 @ 3:21 AM
Posted 09 August 2005 - 01:43 AM
Ooops Double post.
This message was edited by KristyMumTo3 on Tuesday, 9 August 2005 @ 1:43 AM
Posted 09 August 2005 - 09:18 AM
I didn't have pain relief with either of my births, the first one was over and done with in 4 hours and although it was quite intense and obviously painful as labour is !!! it was ok - I needed an episiotomy (if that is the correct spelling) but my OB was so sweet and gave me a local to make sure that the cut was not felt, and it wasn't.
With the twins they were born at 31 weeks and start to finish was about an hour so once again quite intense but no time for drugs and no rips or episiotomy this time either.
I had always said I didn't want drugs and this may sound silly given that child birth is painful but I was very scared of having a needle in my spine (epidural) and just of having pethidine as once again it is an injection, lol.
With Jessica (my first) I did have a small suck on the gas but as Karen said probably more of something to concentrate on rather than actually doing anything. I definately found it a good distraction from the labour.
At the end of the day it is up to you whether you have pain relief or not - but just go in with an open mind, you are not any less of a person no matter what happens once you get to that labour ward - do what feels right for you and don't let other people make you doubt your choices.
Good luck with the bubs.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 03:56 PM
Just like to share my story, and agree that drug free labour is very do-able. I used relaxation and visualisation techniqes with my DS (now 2) and my labour was around 6 hours start to finish. I had no gas or drugs, and only had some slight tearing. I am now pg with #2 and will definately try to do the same again.
Also would like to share with you all that I have just come back from the hospital after being a birth partner for one of my best friends. I have been working with her to use the same sort of relaxation techniques, and it was totally amazing to see it all happen from a different point of view. Her labour was 5 hours start to finish, and she had no drugs or gas either. She did have to have vacuum extraction in the end because babys heartbeat was sluggish. Ended up she had the cord around her neck. But all is well and her beautiful daughter came out screaming!!
Hope this gives you all hope that you can do it on your own.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 03:18 AM
I read these amazing stories in awe.
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 11:48 AM
Thanks for your comments, you are so right. There is no need to justify choices because they ae there to be utilised. Choice is absolutely the key. From having no pain relief, through to being completely drugged up and unaware, to having so many options now with water, naturopathy etc
We do live in a great age :-)
Posted 16 August 2005 - 02:33 PM
Just wanted to add my views here too - and what a great thread this is!
Both of my births were drug free, and I went into them knowing that, barring any emergency, I wouldn't have drugs. That's because I had homebirths with both of them - no drugs around even if I'd wanted them! ;-)
But they were great - HEAPS of support and encouragement, which made all the difference in the world. Plus I felt TOTALLY relaxed in my own environment. Plus I REALLY REALLY REALLY just "knew" I could do it.
The pains were not so much "painful" as "INTENSE". But they were always "just bearable". I remember thinking "if they get any worse I don't know what I'll do" but they just never got any worse.
Both of my babies were very large too - first baby was 10lb 6oz with 38.5cm head, and second baby was 10lb 10oz with 37.5cm head. However, I never needed stitches or any intervention thanks to being well supported by an experienced midwife and feeling very very positive about my abilities to do it.
I loved that I was on such a natural HIGH after giving birth - no fogginess to spoil the feeling.
Just to say though, that I may well have wanted to go to hospital and have an epidural if my labours were very very LOOOOONG. I was lucky in that my first labour was 9 hours, my second 90 minutes. I think that makes a difference also - you're not exhausted.
Posted 28 August 2005 - 10:43 PM
First labour with dd was 1 hour 40 min, very fast and intese, no drugs. needed episiotomy.. i was quite shaken by the whole intese experience.
DS birth ( only 5 weeks ago ) waters broke he was born in an hour of my waters breaking... but i was in hardly any pain at all, contractions didn't get intese and before i knew it i'd pushed him out in abou 10 min, so i'd say i had about 15 min of being uncomfortable. had a great labour and birth, drugs didn't even cross my mind, in fact the Dr told me i could have some gas getting the stitches put in for a second degree tear.
Only wish my first birth would have been so easy...
I'm 23, dd was 5lb 10 and ds was 6 lb 10, so both small but both short labours. i suppose if i'd had longer/intense labours i would considered drugs, Its great to be able to get straight out of bed afterwards and feel 'with it' enough to enjoy your baby straight away.
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:43 PM
Ladies, thank you for this wonderful thread. I have read all the stories and am now so excited and positive about whatever happens in the next week or so!
A few weeks ago my baby was breech and I was very upset about probably having to have a c/s. One reason I was upset about this was because I had read so many of your stories and so wanted to experience giving birth.
Luckily the baby has turned and is now engaged ready to go - I am now looking forward to using all my yoga and other techniques plus many of the tips from you to deliver this baby! I will let you now how it goes!
One-So EDD 16/10/05
Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:17 AM
Best of luck to you - for a positive labour with happy Mum and Baby (and Daddy!) as the end result!
*thumbs up smiley should go here but don't know how to!*
Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:46 AM
Very best wishes for a beautiful, powerful, natural birth.
Please do pop back in afterwards and let us know how you went.
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DP: 25 (Stephen)
DS: 12/06/2005 (Aiden)
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:54 AM
congrats to all mums, i have had 3 births all drug free,and i agree with all other posts.
I believe if you stay calm, relax and go with the flow, you and bubs will be fine, the Midwifes and Docs know what they are doing. There is nothing wrong with getting help when you need it.
the Main objective is for you and bubs to be heathy.
All the best for up and coming births
This message was edited by shellb1 on Monday, 10 October 2005 @ 10:55 AM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 06:31 PM
Hi Andy's girl,
i was also told that i couldn't do it by all of my family and friends but we gave it a go.
here's my birth story - it was an all natural water birth.http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...16&Topic=204196
don't listen to what anyone says - you really can do it!
good luck, can't wait to read your birth story
This message was edited by sammum on Monday, 10 October 2005 @ 6:32 PM
Posted 07 November 2005 - 02:44 PM
Well, I tried!
I had read all these wonderful stories before the birth and did classes on pain management and really wanted a natural birth.
I didn't quite work out as planned but I really enjoyed the time I spent in labour and believe I will be able to do it next time.
I sorta wonder if I should have let nature takes in course and not get induced or maybe left it a little longer?
Here is my story - thanks for the inspiration ladies!http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...16&topic=222775
Posted 07 November 2005 - 03:25 PM
I was induced with my little boy and had a 2 and a half hour labour no drugs and was the best thing i did i would go no drugs again but do keep an open mind
DS: Van-Jordan 28/10/05
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