Originally Posted by meatloafkend
...During my first labor, I did not need to be induced, but a few hours into it the doctors suggested I get pitocin. It was "upped" 3 times. It was aweful! I had strong, extremely painful contractions every 2 minutes that lasted about 45 seconds-1 minute long. However, I was only dilated to 3 or 4. This was right before I went in for a c-section since my daughter was breech.
I thought that there was no way I would be able to get through a medication-free birth if I could barely make it to 4cm without anything....
This doesn't make sense to me. The truth as I see it you didn't barely make it to 4cm without anything. You barely made it to 4cm with Pitocin, something you said was awful and cause extremely painful contractions.
I've birthed six children without any meds. While I've had a few painful moments (a head crowning and birthing all at the same time, my pubic symphysis splitting while birthing a child laterally), I would never describe my labors as generally painful.
Never having had a c/s, the only relevant experience I can contribute to this discussion is my contrasting experience with Pitocin. After my first was born my contractions stopped. The MW gave me Angelica to help expel the placenta but it had no affect. She gave me a shot of Pit in the thigh but that had no effect. She performed cord traction, pulled the cord off the placenta, and tried to manually remove the placenta before her secondary stepped in and explained the need to transport. I was given "one for the road" and that shot of Pit also had no effect. Entering the hospital the could air roused me after which I promptly passed out again. They started me on Pit IV. As the doctor's hand was in my uterus all that Pit finally kicked in and I had one instantaneous COMPLETE contraction of every muscle muscle in my body from my knees about 1/3 the way up my rib cage. In a fraction of a second I flipped from stone cold unconscious on my back to bolt upright, completely rigid with the loudest, most shocking primal scream coming from a place I've never since found.
IME natural labor is to Pitocin what standing in a gentle rain is to standing under Niagara Falls.
Pitocin is an anti-diuretic. As a woman's blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, one birth occurs her body needs to rid itself of the excess blood volume. Most of this is taken care of by the kidneys filtering the blood and excreting the excess volume as urine. As my body was unable to do this from high doses of the anti-diuretic Pitocin, according to two lactation consultants and one LLL leader, I had one of the worst case of engorgement they'd ever seen. I could raise my arms about 30* from my side with discomfort and in debilitating pain to 60*. Beyond that the tissue was just to full to budge with force. My MW, also a certified lactation consultant, was afraid I was going to be HER only mom ever not to successfully BF. (She didn't consider WIC clients HER moms as she only saw them 3-4 days after delivery IF they were already having problems.) Long story wrapping up, I succeeded in BFing my son but only though great challenges *augmented* by Pitocin.
As a woman preparing for her fifth UC, I have full confidence in my body's ability to birth unhindered. I have a low pain tolerance and honestly believe even with my birth experiences backing my up, if I were in a laboring in a hospital that operated under the medical paradigm of labor management, I'd have a doubtful chance of escape without unnecessary and potentially harmful drugs. Disclaimer: I'm not sharing this to discourage hospital-based VBACs, I'm merely speaking about my personal limitations. When I'm birthing I go into a plane where I'm moving with and intuitively responding to labor. If my dh interrupts me by asking what's going on I can brush him away and ignore him or step out of my path for an analytical interchange and greatly risk having a birth *managed* by our knowledge and judgment and predictions rather than just birthed. Disclaimer on disclaimer: I'm not trying to plug UCing for everyone or even anyone, I'm just trying to explain WHY even I doubt my drug-free birthing abilities.
I hope you can find something useful in my ramble. I've ignored my children too long and won't bother proofreading.
Take gentle care,