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View Poll Results: How Did you Birth?
I had a Doctor 53 100.00%
I had a Midwife 131 100.00%
I had an Unassisted Birth 17 100.00%
I birthed at Home 80 100.00%
I birthed at a Birth Centre 20 100.00%
I birthed in a Hospital 86 100.00%
I had pain medication 48 100.00%
I had no pain medication 128 100.00%
I had a c-section 28 100.00%
I had a vaginal birth 154 100.00%
I was induced 25 100.00%
I had other interventions (AROM, etc) 35 100.00%
I had an episiotomy 17 100.00%
I ate/drank during labour 145 100.00%
I had a doula 34 100.00%
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#31 of 45 Old 09-21-2005, 12:48 AM
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Ate meatloaf somewhere around 8 cm - and didn't throw up during transition like I did the first time, when I hadn't eaten for hours. Go figure!
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First birth: midwife, doula, homebirth
second birth: midwife, home birth
third birth: UC (but CNM for prenatal care and post-birth hospital transfer for no good reason.)

I ate and drank normally through all 3 labors, no interventions, very slight tearing that required no stitches for the first 2 births, no tearing at all with ds.

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the anti-birthplan birth lol:

midwife, hospital, induced, epidural, sort of arom (water started trickling, it was a high leak so she helped it along), but I did get to drink juice and water. I didn't want to eat but would have if I felt like it (I snuck stuff in, lol)

I'm happy w/ it even though it wasn't what I planned- I felt very in control and made very informed decisions though of course I wish it could have been different- it's over and done with now!

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midwife, HB, no interventions, ate an apple, drank a lot of energy drinks

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#35 of 45 Old 09-21-2005, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by annakiss
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Darn, I thought it was the candlestick. :LOL

I had an accidental unassisted birth - the midwife didn't make it in time. At home, obviously, no meds or interventions. My DH was not in any frame of mind to be giving me an episiotomy, har har.
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cesarean for a breechling that couldn't be turned, couldn't descend, and was basically tethered to the placenta at the fundus. She was 9 pounds. Her first apgar, even with the cesarean, was a 4.
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Midwife, hospital, no pain meds, ate/drank during delivery (coffee ), vaginal

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#1 - Hospital, Dr attended (not mine but the resident on call b/c my Dr didn't get there in time), vaginal birth, epidural for last 10 minutes, no complications, didn't eat/drink

#2 - Hospital, RN attended (my Dr didn't make it...AGAIN), vaginal birth, med-free, no complications, didn't eat/drink

#3 - Home waterbirth, mw attended, no complications, ate/drank some.
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Voted for my last birth but I've had four (and one expected soonish).

1. Hospital, idiot dr who lied to me about listening during labor. Ate and drank anyway and pissed him off. He sliced me when I told him not to...episiotomy for a 6 lb baby. Grrrr. No pain meds, walked when I wanted, no IV.

2. DEM, freestanding BC, no drugs, no episiotomy, no interventions whatsoever. One cervical check, which I requested, and that was it. Wanted a waterbirth but the heat gave me hives bad enough to make me get out.

3. DEM, freestanding BC, same as #2's birth but he was born w/ a nuchal arm, punching his way out. One cervical check at 9cm (requested by me). Only went to the BC for the water, then couldn't stand it.

4. CNM, homebirth in our hot tub outside, no interventions, one cervical check (again, requested by me...I seem to need some reassurance from an outside source during labor, lol). I birthed him into my own hands, I checked for the cord, I checked his heart tones under the water (w/ an underwater doppler), etc. It was pretty much me birthing my baby and doing all the "stuff" that goes with it, but it was a party as we had company, including friends who stayed for the birth. MW gave me pitocin afterwards, which was not necessary, IMHO, but I was woozy enough to say ok.

This birth: Hopefully more "unassisted" than the last, w/ DEMs who were at births 2 and 3. They might not make it . Dh is comfy w/ an unassisted birth this time, but we'll see how I feel in labor. I like these women so I don't mind having another birth*day party with them around. Also looking forward to another hot-tub birth under the snow.

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At Home
No pain meds (waterbirth though, ahhhh )
Ate and drank (but being middle of the night, I wasn't very hungry really)
Doula (a family friend needed one more birth for her certification, she gave great backrubs)

I did have AROM at 9cm, my choice because I had one heck of a strong bag of waters after walking around with a bulging bag of waters for weeks. I wonder now if ds would have been born in the caul otherwise.
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Ack! Sorry I voted based on all of my births witch included: Dr., induced,IV, EFM, AROM, pitocin, c-section in hospital; Dr., induced, IV, EFM, epidural, , AROM, episiotomy, VBAC in a hospital and finally no interventions w/ a MW in a hospital
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My fourth and last baby was UC, at home and wonderful and complete.

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I have one child.

I birthed in a hospital.

I had no pain medication, no IV.

I ate/drank while in labor. Actually, this was at my house before we left for the hospital. But I still had a good breakfast! :LOL

I had a vaginal birth.

So essentially it was a natural birth in a hospital room.

ETA: Forgot to put it in the poll but I had a Doctor, too.

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#44 of 45 Old 09-24-2005, 05:31 AM
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Woops - I didn't read to make it about my most recent birth until after I answered the poll..

First birth:
PROM, with no ctx for 12 hrs, so recieved pit
4 hrs later recieved epidural, DS was born 45 minutes later
Had an OBGYN
no episiotomy, no tears
vacuum extraction
labor was 5 1/2 hours

With my most recent birth:

I labored at home
Arrived at the hospital in transition, (8 cm) DD was born 30 minutes later
no pain medication
I did have a heplock for antibiotics (heart murmur)
I ate and drank during labor (since I labored at home)
Had an OBGYN (but different one than my first birth)
no episiotomy, no tears
labor was 2 1/2 hrs
we had a doula, but since labor was so fast, she didn't make it to the hospital in time!
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My number one was hospital, epidural, midwife (some doc came in from time to time, but usually here we use only midwifes)

My number two, hospital, epi due to breech, midwife only, and a babynurse who functioned as a doula, and vaginal birth of a huuuge baby boy hehe...

Number three was induced 15 days past duedate, vaginal birth, acupuncture only, in hospital, with 3 midwives and a medical student in the corner crying with my hubby...

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