I have pushed out 2 babies and it was pretty much my body doing the pushing and I was along for the ride. Yes, it was very intense, yes, it was hard work, but no, I never actually felt like "I can't do this, give me drugs" -- That thought never crossed my mind. Yes, the way birth is played up in movies and stories makes it sound absolutely terrifying. I was scared to death to birth a baby until I actually got pregnant the first time and started reading all I could about natural childbirth. I would strongly recommend reading the Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin) it's an amazingly positive book about birth and women's bodies and I would call it my main inspiration. After learning all I could, I wasn't scared any more, I was excited about it and wanted to experience it. I actually enjoyed my birth experiences (probably more in retrospect than actually right there, but hey, it's nice to look back and think happily about it all ). Good luck to you. I found it very helpful to really pay attention to what I was feeling, sensations, etc., and really trying to let my body guide me to do what felt right for me.
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1/24/07 at 8:17pm