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post #41 of 61
Just curious....are you allowed to eat popsicles during labour in your hospitals?? It would make NO sense to me to allow popsicles but not water....

I never asked for water...just popsicles (which I brought from home), so I don't know if they would have given it to me, but it never occurred to me that I would denied water!

(I'm in Canada, so it may be a bit different here....)
post #42 of 61
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Ugh. Way to make women feel totally self-conscious about birth...

Yes, I was a naked, humming, moaning, screaming, water-drinking birthing woman. So THERE! And I will NOT apologize.
post #43 of 61
I was also one of those loud, loud, really loud laboring women. But, add in apologizing every time I yelled. Then, everyone would tell me I didn't need to apologize....then I would yell, the apology would come out, then I'd apologize for apologizing.

Looking back it's kind of funny.
post #44 of 61
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Apparently its the emotion. Having watched enough baby story and birth day I can say I have seen very few emotional births. Mommas rarely cry, laugh, anything. Its spooky - a life changing event and its like you were handed a package at the po. Watch a hb video and its so drastically different in that respect.
I actually birthed like an animal: quiet, with primal grunting. I cried when I finally heard my dd's squeaking (she didn't cry, just squeaks)... I broke down into hysterics of crazy-infatuation/hyper-exhaustion/ecstatic-first-meeting SOBS. And I didn't feel at all bad about it


As for eating, I ate dinner in labor, I chugged water in labor. I was starving and thirsty. I went into labor at my grandfather-in-law's wake... I didn't eat all day at the funeral home, and finally got the chance to at least grab a fruit salad and WOLFED it down. I needed fuel, screw the doctorss orders. They also gave me a hard time about water, and between my mother and dh berating the doc for being a chauvinist ass, I got my water.

I ALSO was given a hard time about birthing positions. I wanted to have my knees shoved up to my ears and my head practically shoved down to my crotch: it's what felt natural for me. My doc said I couldn't do this, I had to have my feet in stirrups, cuz it was easier for him to "catch" that way.... I swear I thought my mother was gonna put a glove over her boot and "catch" him in the genitals... she promptly then kicked him outta the room and "caught" haha...

Don't mess with my mommy!
post #45 of 61
I got a free subscription to this magazine, and I wish it would just stop coming! I get SO angy everytime I read it! : They also love to plug in how we all need more immunizations! Sometimes I think that drug companies and doctor's run the world! They don't promote home birth because it's bad for business! What a shocker.
post #46 of 61
My dh actually begged me not to make noise last time--we were in the hospital and he he was so afraid that if I sounded like I was in distress, they'd start bothering me with drugs and garbage like that. Since all the medical people were right there and all the drugs were right there and the OR was down the hall, he was very worried for me that making noise would have them turn the pressure up on me. I couldn't help roaring a few times, though.

So some of the situations sounded funny, but honestly I think articles like that only serve to make birth something scary/weird/ugly/disgusting. You know?
post #47 of 61
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Originally Posted by Redifer View Post
They also gave me a hard time about water, and between my mother and dh berating the doc for being a chauvinist ass, I got my water.
.... I swear I thought my mother was gonna put a glove over her boot and "catch" him in the genitals... she promptly then kicked him outta the room and "caught" haha...

Don't mess with my mommy!

How come your mom couldn't have been at MY hospital births?! She sounds great! I love the chauvinist ass part!

I did apologize for making so much noise - I gave birth at my mom's house in the middle of the night and all of mine and her kids were sleeping. Everyone kept telling my I wasn't making that much noise, but I think they were just being nice. I was ROARING!
post #48 of 61
I loved the one about the mom having to take all the pictures. It reminded me of the scene in Philadelphia where the dad can't figure out how to open the lens cap, so the mom, who's pushing, takes the camera, opens it up, turns it on, and then hands it to the dad.

But most of them, (save the OB farting ) made birth and laboring women seem like crazy, know nothings who would totally do everything wrong if it weren't for the doctors and nurses setting them straight. Which of course, is a self-propogating cycle, as if pg women read stories where other women knew nothing and had to be saved from acting uncilivilzed by the professionals, then they will assume that's how it must be.
post #49 of 61
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Originally Posted by cfiddlinmama View Post
How come your mom couldn't have been at MY hospital births?! She sounds great! I love the chauvinist ass part!
LOL I'll ship her out to you if you want She loves birthing and babies... she always wanted to be a midwife, but wound up only playing midwife to me and animals haha
post #50 of 61
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Originally Posted by Full Heart View Post
Apparently its the emotion. Having watched enough baby story and birth day I can say I have seen very few emotional births. Mommas rarely cry, laugh, anything. Its spooky - a life changing event and its like you were handed a package at the po. Watch a hb video and its so drastically different in that respect.
i didn't cry with either of mine..ds was a hosp. birth and dd was a UC.

OTOH, i watch other women give birth and i'm a mess!
post #51 of 61
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Originally Posted by djinneyah View Post
i didn't cry with either of mine..ds was a hosp. birth and dd was a UC.

OTOH, i watch other women give birth and i'm a mess!
Yeah, i was my best friend's doula with both of her babies. And i cried both times. I felt a little silly, because didn't cry with two of my three.
post #52 of 61
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Originally Posted by cappuccinosmom View Post

So some of the situations sounded funny, but honestly I think articles like that only serve to make birth something scary/weird/ugly/disgusting. You know?
Yep
post #53 of 61
Well, yeah not everyone is going to get emotional but the 99% of births I see on tv are unemotional. How is that possible? Maybe the drugs have something to do with it.
post #54 of 61
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Originally Posted by Full Heart View Post
Well, yeah not everyone is going to get emotional but the 99% of births I see on tv are unemotional. How is that possible? Maybe the drugs have something to do with it.
either the drugs or the oppressive atmosphere.
post #55 of 61
My first was born by section for breech and i was very emotional... i just kept exclaiming "I am a mama, i have a daughter" (i had convinced myself she was a boy). My third birth was in the hospital with an epidural, but i was estatic and just wanted to hug and kiss and explore this little person. For all intents and purposes, it was only him and i in the whole world
post #56 of 61
The one about the water "something laboring moms are not supposed to have" made me
post #57 of 61
I hate that stereotype about crazy screaming violent wmoen in labor. When I was in labor with my dd I cussed exactly twice: Once during my transition induced puking session, I said, "This f#$(ing sucks." Because as a hyperemesis mama, by the end of my pregnancy even just the thought of puking made me want to cry, so actually doing it was pure hell. The second time was when my body was pushing her out, and she hit that one spot and I said, " It feels like she's coming out of my a$$." And I was only hateful once. At the very end, my dd's heartrate was dropping very low and not recovering. (It was staying in the low 30s my the time she was born.) I was starting to freak about that. My midwife told me to just relax and calm down in between contractions because I had a good 15 - 20 seconds. (Mind you, my contractions were 2+ mins long.) I snapped back that it wasn't long enough. So all in all, a pretty peaceful polite laboring woman. However if you listen to my mom, I was crazy and cussing a lot and threatening everyone. :
post #58 of 61

I can't read those articles

I actually used to frequent Parents online message board and eventually I just couldn't deal. Far too mainstream -- and I wasn't even the doula, intactavist, cd-ing, non-vaxing mom that I am now! This was years ago. Ugh. I actually got a 3 or 4 year magazine subscription and I'm STILL getting them. They come in my mailbox and go right into the trash.
post #59 of 61
Nurse: *waving the water glass around in front of mom's face* Just one push and you can haaaave a siiiiip...don't you want it? Doooooon't you?
Mom: I'm not pushing a g*&^d^%m thing until you give me some water. *reaching for glass*
Nurse: *pulling glass out of reach* Uh uh uuuuuh! You gotta gimme a push..push..just ooooone little push and you can have a sip.
Mom: *pushes*
Nurse: *gives teeny tiny slip of water-leaves mom gasping for more* Okay...oooooone more!!


post #60 of 61
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Originally Posted by tie-dyed View Post
Another exploding head here. Freaky.

I just don't get why American women are so willing to be treated like this. What happened to feminism?
Another exploding head...

I was willing the first time around because I had no clue and I didn't know there was an alternative. It's not surprising that so many women put up with this *UA violation* considering so many are reading parenting magazines that spew misinformation like you MUST go to the hospital for a VBAC.
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