But it's a false statistic for this discussion, no? Or are all of us who are wanting to natural intending to do so at the potential cost of our own lives? Because i for one will be getting a c-section if it's medically warranted. I won't be going natural at all and any cost. Surely those who would are very few and far between?
Me, DH, DD1 (5/2009) and DD2 (10/2011). DS due 6/2015.
I'm not crunchy. I'm evidence-based.
Vaccines save lives.
SAHM to Bird (6/07) and Bear (7/09), and now enjoying our newest addition, born June 1, 2011!
So, my whole pregnancy, I kept saying to myself "I'm going to try, but if I can't do it, I'm not going to beat myself up about it."
Well... I got to the hospital at 10 centimeters! Baby girl made up my mind for me, and entered the world drug-free and alert.
My mom had natural births so I grew up hearing the stories and always thought that was just the way it was.
We had books about natural birth and the problem with the hospital model of care on the bookshelves growing up. My parents both have much younger kids from new relationships, too. So when I was 13, I went with my mom the the birth center and watched her deliver my brother. My stepmom ended up going to the same BC a few years later, too (my dad is VERY convincing LOL).
I really dislike hospitals. The only time I ever went to them was when someone was very seriously injured. I hate the way they smell, and I don't like going to the Drs in general. I can't remember the last time I went to the Dr and they actually helped me.
But really, I hate the idea of messing with my hormones. My desire to birth naturally has more to do with avoiding pitocin than avoiding the epidural.
And I am very glad I prepared they way I did as I wouldn't have had time for drugs even if I wanted them. And my recovery was great, I mean sure I was exhausted and sore, but I felt good otherwise.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
But also I don't like needles, and I am leery of side-effects from interventions. I will accept intervention if I feel it is necessary, but I don't feel like I should do all these medical procedures "just because", when birth can be a perfectly natural thing with luck (I do believe that luck is a large factor in NCB, just ask all the homebirth-turned-emergency c/s moms).
I did have pitocin last time, but no pain meds or epidural, and immediately after I was very happy that I didn't have an epi, I think it helped me to effectively push out a sunny-side-up baby. And I felt great very soon after birth.
Planning on no epi again this time, and crossing my fingers for no pitocin or posterior baby this time, wish me luck!
Kelly (28), in love with husband Jason (38) and our awesome babies: Emma 4/09, and Ozzy 8/10
Now, on pregnancy #3, I want to do it just because I can. It's really empowering to feel the birth experience, to be mentally and physically sharp, and to recover so quickly while bonding with a baby.
General unease with drs and hospitals
Bad experience with fertility treatment
Saw BOBB/cascade of interventions
better for baby
because everyone was saying I couldn't
Though strictly speaking, it wasn't natural. I asked for AROM at 9cm and asked for nubain to help me through a panic attack (I have 2 anxiety disorders).
It's pretty much a practicality thing for me.
Having done it once, I want natural again because it was easy, I've heard way more about scary epidural side effects, and it was AMAZING. I will carry that power I felt with me the rest of my life.
With my 2nd pregnancy i thought about homebirth, but thought it was a crazy notion. Checked out the free standing birth center and the CNM scared me. And we couldn't imagine leaving our dd for the birth and possibly overnight, as she'd never been away from us. I started reading and learning. I was terrified of hospitals and as i learned about homebirth it became something i knew was right for us. Something i was determined to do because i didnt want another child or my body damaged by an ob.
I'm about to have my 3rd natural homebirth and now i choose to do so because i know it's best for my body, my baby and my family. I get horrible back labors, its the way my body is made. The pain is intense and worse then a pitocen induced labor. I know that if i birth in a hospital i will give in to the interventions. And the risks on my children are not worth a few hours of pain. And i don't have to leave my children and they can witness how normal and natural birth is meant to be.
Induction for the OB's convenience, pitocin, held me down to break my bag of waters because it was so painful I could not lay still or not struggle, epidural immediately after that because I was terrified of what came next after such a painful, humiliating experience. I figured, if I can't feel anything, then it would be easier to endure.
The epidural caused my blood pressure to drop, I lost my vision and hearing for a bit and vomited nonstop for half an hour. Then I had a nurse say, "Oh, well that's totally common." and act like I was stupid for being scared or worried.
(The entire experience was hard for me. I'd never stayed in a hospital before and was like a deer in headlights the entire time.)
Could not feel any pressure or urge to push and could not push effectively. Forceps delivery. 2nd degree tear, no episiotomy. (Thank goodness.)
Right after the whole breaking my water debacle I was still crying and shaking a bit and told my husband that next time even if I had to give birth in the car to avoid it, I was never doing it this way again.
I gained confidence and assertiveness from the experience. At the time I was too intimidated and scared to stand up for myself and my baby. Afterward, I knew I'd do anything and everything to make sure I was properly taken care of and not taken advantage of with my next pregnancies.
Basically, I want to experience the births of my babies. I want to experience one of the greatest things my body was built to do. I don't want to sit idly by again, numb and terrified. I want to be active in it and really feel it.
Mama to DS [05/21/08] & DD [09/16/10] 43 weeks 1 day!
and i figure my body will work harder if i'm in that much pain and the birth will be quicker
ive had 2 without pain relief and expecting the 3rd in august ds took 6 hours (my first) and dd took 3 hours with dd i made it to 7 cm's on my own before i called anyone, midwife was only there for 2 hours lol
However, I wanted to see if I could do it on my own, especially since I am thinking of becoming a midwife. Also, by deciding to go as intervention free as possible, I had more control which calmed me greatly.
In the end, my homebirth ended up being a transfer at the last hour for meconium and heart rate decels, with a bit of a vacuum assist right at the end. My booger had tied his cord into a knot that was getting tight when he descended! All in all, the entire experience was good as I understood and accepted each intervention as the true need arose, and thing mostly went well after.
Still, I did miss the more uneventful delivery I had hoped for, so this pregnancy I'm hoping to deliver at the birth center. I'd have done a homebirth attempt again except we moved, and this state is much less homebirth friendly.
I did not doubt I can do it but I doubted my doctors wouldn't interfere. DH was my only support person whose only assignment to watch the doctor.
My first thought after DS was born was not about the baby but "Thanks God, C-section is not more a threat"
Of course wanting a natural birth and getting one are two different things. I was induced at 40w5d for high blood pressure, which ended up in c-section. I didn't take the epidural though (they did spinal on the operating table), so I did try my best but ultimately failed due to factors outside of my control.
I also think, having experienced both kinds, that natural birth is really empowering and it really showed me what my body can do and handle. I know a lot of women who have the attitude, why suffer if not necessary. I had that attitude before becoming prggo myself. I mean if you have a headache you take something right? Wel labor pain is different. Its pain with a purpose. ( I guess all pain is when you think about it though) Plus knowing that one intervention leads to another so often is scary.
For the record no one I knew at the time went natural.
When I got pregnant with #2, I knew what I didn't want and did as much research as I could. I planned for a natural birth though my doctor and I discussed what we would do in case things went bad and I needed a c-section.
There was also a bit of "I know I can do this!" to it too. I had already seen what I can do when I put my mind and my will into something.
I am also not fond of needles, catheters and the like, I'm also terrified of surgery knowing that anesthetic doesn't always like me.
Frankly, I just want a quick birth and recovery. God willing I will get both. However I don't have any illusions about it being anywhere near a pleasurable experience (eta for me) until birth is over, and I have the baby in my arms.
Than I had a baby in the hospital ... and actions and methods of medical workers seemed just WRONG. So I started to do a research and was puzzled (in a good way) by what I finded out
Vegetarian mother to (3/09) (11/10) and (4/13)
Also, it took forever to push ds1 out b/c I couldn't feel what I was doing. 2 hours with no progress. Then the epidural wore off and all of a sudden he was coming out and I could feel it and it was amazing - my body was doing this work with or without me and it was almost easy! Like puking - you can't stop the heaving if you wanted to. Once I could feel the contractions, I could tell that they were doing all the work to get him born, and the epidural had just delayed and confused that natural feeling.
Finally, after the epidural birth of ds1, I felt bad for a day or so, but after my natural births, I was up and about immediately and felt like a rock star for weeks. The endorphin rush gets blocked by the epidural, which is a shame and frustrates nature's design to give women lots of good feelings and energy for the first couple of trying weeks.
So I had natural births for #2 and #3 and hope to do so with #4 too!