So, demonstrating the force of mind and determination associated with women having 45 minute long labors, I demanded tylenol from my confused spouse, and he complied. And yes, the tylenol totally helped.
Does this count as "natural" birth or not? A friend was teasing me about how she thought I'd had a natural childbirth but evidently I had lied to her. I technically took pain medication, but "medicated home birth" sounds kind of weird. I don't know what I think, so I figured I'd poll the audience!
Seriously someone is debating that with you? I mean really I understand being pro-natural birthing and all but to debate that just seems silly IMO.
I guess I don't understand why we put so much emphasis on HOW our children are born. Yes for me PERSONALLY it matters but to others all that should matter is I have a beautiful and hopefully healthy child, not which orafice they came out of and how much of the pains of labor I felt.
imo, tylenol doesn't count. i mean, i think most/a lot of women take tylenol in pregnancy, and they don't call it a medicated pregnancy no but seriously, tylenol is considered safe for pregnancy, isn't it? wheras "labor drugs" are not considered safe for pregnancy. And besides, i think i remember someone(pro-epidural) laughing at me for considering tylenol when preparing for my natural birth.
Sweetie! I know these types of comments cut us to the core sometimes even though, logically, we know the truth!
You absolutely had a natural birth!!!! And, yes, I'd call it unmedicated! I wished I'd thought of Tylenol. It may have even been a mental/placebo thing, but aren't many labor techniques?
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
My friend is just teasing me, but it did leave me to think about whether it constituted "natural" birth according to the theories of whoever comes up with what "natural" birth is. I mean, I could have had a headache during labor and taken tylenol for it and I wouldn't say that that would make it "not a natural birth." But I did specifically take the tylenol because that labor was a and a half, so those contractions from hell WERE the intended target of that analgesic goodness.
I am pretty sure if you ask a Native midwife if those labours are natural, she'd darn well say yes, lol. Taking a tylenol, IMO, is no different. Though it probably doesn't taste as nasty as willow bark tea.
Mama to a wonderful, happy, and delightfully odd little boy who will shortly have a baby sister.
A fishy pool to birth in isn't "natural" nor are tennis balls for back pressure, but their use aren't arguments against "natural child birth."
I'm really sorry, and no offense is intended, but I really don't get it.
always loving my babies. (May 08)(April 09)(August 09)(September 09) (December 10)
But yeah I'd still say you had a natural birth. I got told that my birth wasn't natural because I had a water birth and we're land mammals. *eye roll*
Single, student mama to 3 boys
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
I doubt that there is a single hospital client who wants a medicated birth would agree that Tylenol fits the bill...
Seriously? What's next, are we going to get the third degree because we used acupressure massage or had hot showers? They too bring a little (and I'm emphasizing the little) measure of relief. Tylenol *snort* I was ready to break out some Vodka, I would have felt the pain, but I would have cared a lot less!
Don't let those who tease you, get to you at all! They're probably just jealous that they didn't think of it. But I bet they will, next time they're in labor!
I'm going to remember this
And my friend who is teasing me is a natural birthing home birthing mom herself who teases me because normally my labors are painless enough that you might actually think I had an epidural. So, me taking tylenol for childbirth confirms my status as a bizarre individual who doesn't normally have painful labors, but have some pain in labor and gee... off to the bottle of tylenol I go! Hearing a bottle of pills rattling now makes me think of my intrapartum tylenol and smile.
And I apologize to people for thinking you were making it up when you said pushing was a relief, because it totally was this time!
This Mommy and Military Daddy are loving their son.
DS born Dec 2010 Pregnant with #2, having another !
The bottom line (IMNSHO) is that we should all be "for" drastically decreasing the use of unnecessary interventions and promoting labor coping and birthing techniques that lead to the best outcomes for baby and mother.
Even in my "perfect world," there would be C/S, the use of some drugs, etc.-- even in the case of "maternal choice" or exhaustion when they're not strictly "necessary." However, they would be relatively rare and/or last resorts-- at least performed at a frequency commensurate with their risks.
At some point this gets to be like 9th level veganism-- not eating anything that casts a shadow. The bottom line is not fanaticism, it's improving the health and well-being of women and babies.
Really, this whole focus on pain and who is a "real woman" and who is somehow not... No. That's a smokescreen designed to divide and conquer.
Okay, off my
But can imagine how disheartening it is to hear you're only a 2 while in that much pain?!? Some Tylenol would have been wonderful about that point. I'd never even thought of it. In fact, I'm so dense I never even thought of taking it for afterbirth pains until my husband offered it my last postpartum. What a dork!
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
However, it never occurred to me to not think it was natural because of the Panadol I took during early labour, or the hot wheatie bags I used throughout, or DH's massaging my legs and back during contractions. That's not to say Panadol (NZ equivalent of Tylenol) is natural - it's a drug, obviously a birth including it is less natural than one without): it just didn't even register on my radar.
Oh well. I think getting hung up on the "natural birth" terminology is divisive and depressing anyway. The "natural" course in my pregnancy would have been to go into a coma and die, so, yay. I did have an amusing incident several months ago, however, when a nurse asked me during a cervical smear if I'd had a natural birth. I started waffling on about the prostoglandin gel and how I didn't have an epidural and so on, before it finally crossed my mind she meant "C-section vs vaginal".
If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.
I had some Tylenol after my natural births. I had some bad after pains each time.
AP Mom to 5
I hate that this turns into a contest- OMG I didn't drink filtered water in labor, my birth wasn't natural!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I vote it's still natural. I used hypnobabies... is that natural? I'd do it again in a heartbeat, either way.
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
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