So, did you always know you wanted a natural birth? Did you find out about it only after a traumatic experience? Did the Mothering magazine have much to do with it or was it the influence of a friend?
I became a chiropractor because chiropractic is based on the fact that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. I believe and always have that the body knows what it is doing as long as it is kept free of interference.
So, natural birth was the only way to go for me.
DS - CJ :, the love of my life
I started researching different aspects of pregnancy and birth before I was ever pregnant (or even ttc - this turned out to be a good thing when my timetable was turned on end and I got pregnant a bit earlier than planned!). I've always been a little suspicious of what 'everyone else' was doing, so I suppose I gravitated towards the minority view.
Once I started really doing my research, what convinced me for me personally was the impact the drugs could have on the mother and baby both. I have low blood pressure anyway, and learning that an epidural lowers blood pressure really 'sealed' it in my mind.
and Brigid Eleanor (11/20/08)
I am not afraid of birth, my body or the pain. I am terrified about being in a place where I am unable to control what is done to me.
Really, what changed my mind about medicated vs. unmedicated birth was this forum. I read it daily after having my first and all throughout my pregnancy with my second. Talking to actual people who could answer my questions really helped.
Bonus, all this natural child birthing is better for the baby too!
I truly hope that my daughters will be like the women who were never exposed to anything else. I'm constantly reinforcing to them that I saw a midwife for pre-natal and birth and not an OB and that mothers don't need to go to hospitals to have babies.
I chose a natural birth because I believe pregnancy is a natural part of life, not a medical condition. I read somewhere that a midwife is trained to view pregnancy and birth as 'natural' and 'normal' unless proven otherwise, whereas a doctor is trained to see 'problems' and 'treatments'. So it made complete sense to me to have a natural birth and, then, if there were problems I could seek medical help. I have this view for most everything life; treat holistically, take care of yourself, give it time, and then, if absolutely necessary, seek help.
I also noticed that while the medical world is getting better with epidurals and such, either women had them and loved them, or the experience was so bad they wrote a book on it to let other women know. I guess I just figured my body would know how to do this and I should trust it.
Now I know about the other benefits of natural birth as well, but when I was planning on DS' birth it was just the knowledge that I did not want a needle in me.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
I always had a fear of birth to the point where I didn't know if I wanted children. I was in China leading a group of exchange students when I realized I was pregnant. My name in Chinese meant "purple butterfly". I started having really vivid dreams about having a baby underwater. I had never heard about waterbirth or anything. When I got home (over a month later) I googled "water + birth" just for the heck of it. That's when I discovered that waterbirths even existed. The first two hits were for Waterbirth International and a waterbirth center - both within 30 minutes from my house!!! The top of the birth center's homepage was a purple butterfly. I have this strange protective connection with butterflies, so I felt instantly drawn to it. I immediately scheduled a visit and felt so wonderful at the birth center that I chose to give birth there. I then realized that I didn't have a fear of BIRTH, but a distaste for hospital births.
I ended up having a gloriously easy 2 1/2 hour waterbirth and am excited for our upcoming home waterbirth!
Originally Posted by SuperStar
How did you 'come' to natural birth?
Through my mother's vagina of course!
Like many of the other posters, I had a natural birthing, babywearing, breastfeeding mother, so it just seemed obvious. I'm so lucky!
Love you mom!
I read about home birth in a Sheila Kitzinger book in my early 20s and thought, "Hey! That makes sense!" Once pregnant (at 34) I started researching again and things have only gotten worse so I knew for sure it was the right decision. Naively, I thought everyone researched major life decisions like that... I've seen women put more effort into researching a pram than a birth. Makes me very sad for those babies. Having known the trauma of hospital "birth" now I'm only more cemented in my view - oddly enough the research backs me LOL.
Reading the book I realised how it all rang so very true to me, and I knew right away that that was the kind of birth I wanted.
So I had a go with my son, but eventually ended up with an epidural anyway - though after a very long (44 hours) labor that stalled completely around 8 cms dilation. I got pitocin and an epi.
This experience more than anything confirmed to me that I wanted my next birth to be natural and it also showed me how that was clearly unlikely in a hospital setting - even though my midwife was "pro-natural". I simply could not birth in an unfamiliar setting. And that lead me on to a homebirth as the next obvious step.
My daughter was born at home four months ago after a 90 minute labor!
Single mom to ds(8), dd(6) and ds(5)
5 years ago - High-pressure job, didn't want kids, thought breastfeeding was gross, never heard of unmedicated delivery.
3 years ago - got a different job, bored one day joined a very mainstream newlywed message board. A couple of "rebel" mamas posted about cloth diapering. I was intrigued. I knew I wanted to CD, then started to read about breastfeeding, non-vaxing, unmedicated childbirth, etc.
Almost 2 years ago - Gave birth to my daughter, in a hospital, naturally. No interventions.
Next babe will be born in a free standing birth center or at home, attended by a midwife.
So really, getting hooked on CDing lead me to other natural ways of parenting, and the rest is history!
I was determined - no, dead set - on having a VBAC w/ my 2nd baby. I read The Birth Book and realized I would have to go au naturel to give me the best chance of acheiving my VBAC. I almost gave in to the epi, but thankfully I was in transition by the time they got around to it. I was elated to have my VBAC, but I didn't like how it was so managed at 2nd stage. My baby wanted out, but the Dr wasn't there. They wanted me to hold her in. She finally powered her way out, leaving me w/ a pretty bad tear.
I had planned to have my 3rd baby at a BC after my successful VBAC. I actually would have had my 2nd in a BC, but I was soooo affraid that my body wouldn't work, so I wanted to be where I could just get another c/s. After checking out a Homebirth book from the library on a whim - I had to know what the big deal was - I decided that I didn't need to go anywhere during labor. Home would be just as safe, but more comfortable, than a BC. The decision was made.
I almost had my 1st baby in the BC b/c I almost didn't have insurance and it would have been more affordable to use the BC out-of-pocket. If I would have had my baby there, I probably would have had a nice, natural birth, but I feel I wouldn't have poured my heart and soul into natural birth, VBAC, etc and wouldn't be aspiring to make it my life's work. I have come to terms w/ my c/s. It is what has gotten me to this point.
ETA: My aunt went trough cancer and used every Homeopathic remedy available. She kept us very involved in all of it, and I was totally captivated by it all. I became much more interested in how all the body systems work together and in true health and diet, in general. It has filtered into my parenting and how I view life. I am much more naturally minded in everything, now. It's been a challenge putting all of it into practice, but I'm trying.
Originally Posted by mamatarax
Another friend had a baby her senior year, naturally. These were teens, you know, people who society pins as weak and vulnerable and they have a high rate of drugged births.
Originally Posted by newtonscricket
Through my mother's vagina of course!
Kewpie, very inspiring story
~Sara, WAHSingMomi to girls R and AV, S.O.A.R. Scout Leader and Homeschooling In Detroit Blogger
In college, I had some older, crunchy friends that started having children, and they used midwives, breastfed, and all of that. I thought that if I ever did have children, that's how I want to do it. And here I am, planning my first birth with midwives at their beautiful, homey bith center, and reading Mothering .
That put me in the "high risk" category, which involved a referral to an OB. My FP took care of most of my prenatal care, and I intended to VBAC at home, with my OB's full support. DD also flipped towards the end (single footling...she looked like she was dancing a jig), and I ended up with another section.
My VBA2C didn't pan out, either...ds2 stayed head down, but I was "overdue" (41w, 5d) and the OB threatened to withdraw and I panicked and caved.
So....I've always been pro natural birth, but haven't had one. If I have my last baby (always wanted four), it's going to be a HBA3C. I've had enough of needles in my spine and scalpels.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)