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post #61 of 69
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post #62 of 69
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Originally Posted by nummies View Post
I wish that I had known to seek more support. DH is great but he really couldn't give me the kind of support that I needed then. My midwife was horrible and didn't show up at the hospital until after I gave into the pain for an epidural. I wish that I had hired a doula and birthed at home. :
Mama, I'm so sorry!

As for me, I wish I would have exercised more during pregnancy. Being in better physical shape may have made my loooooooong labor more bearable.

ETA: I wish I would have known about MDC, especially this forum!
post #63 of 69
I wish I had known that labor and birth are far more manageable than I imagined. I was waiting for it to get REALLY bad, and it never did.

I wish I had had enough faith and trust in my body to birth at home (instead of a hospital), so our daughter could have entered this world more gently.

Next time...
post #64 of 69
Well, I guess in the back of my mind I knew about these things. But I wish when I was laboring and not progressing past 1 cm (water was broken though), that my MWs had suggested going home for a while, nipple stimulation, herbs, castor oil, or other methods other than pitocin or cervadil. IMO those things should only be a last resort. Luckily the birth turned out fine but it was not the all natural experience I had hoped for. Someone bringing up those things could have helped me- I was very exhausted after days of prodromal labor and willing to listen to whatever they told me.

Also I wish like the pp that I had the faith in my body to birth #1 at home.... i'm going for it this time too
post #65 of 69
I wish I had known that there was other birth options besides hospitals and "do what we say".

That there are nurses out there who stick their hand up in you and then have the nerve to be rude afterwards just because you're excited about having your first baby. That wasn't in the "What to Expect" book!

That typical non-evidence based practices in hospitals can do more harm than good.
post #66 of 69
I wish I had known that contractions with pitocin are not natural, and that they are exactly the situation calling for an epidural.
post #67 of 69
I wish I had known about homebirth.
post #68 of 69
I wish I had known about postpartum bleeding. We were broke at the time baby came, and I didn't own any panties (not because of money, just cause I don't like them) or pads. So I couldn't go out and buy them. I had to ask a few different nurses for pads and those mesh panties to take home with me. And when those ran out I had to ask my sister to buy some for me. I wish I had been prepared.

I wish I had known that that awful lab tech was going to stick her finger in my day old baby's mouth so I could have kept her out of my room altogether.
post #69 of 69
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I wish I had known that that awful lab tech was going to stick her finger in my day old baby's mouth so I could have kept her out of my room altogether.
Ewww...why did she do that?
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