Okay... looooong story. We had planned on having a midwife assisted birth through a provincially funded program here in Alberta. However, for a couple of reasons we had to switch back to our general practitioner and will have to give birth in the hospital. I've contacted a doula. But, having given birth in the same hospital with DD and having a horrible experience, I'm still really concerned about having a natural birth in hospital. I'm afraid I'll "cop out" or that the staff will not respect my wishes. My mantra has become - Birth is a natural process, not a medical event. But, still I have fears and doubts. I should also mention, that because of our traumatic experience and lack of sufficient compassionate support, DD and I couldn't establish breastfeeding. What do I do to help myself relax and ensure that we are able to have a natural birth without medical intervention and successfully breastfeed my new baby?
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11/12/04 at 2:02pm