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Misti, mom to DS (12), DS (9), DD (3), and Mr. Man (October '10)!
|You act like a lunatic. During labor -- especially if you haven't been given pain medication -- you may find yourself screaming, crying, even swearing at your husband or doctor. Or you may strip. "I've had patients who were so uncomfortable that they pulled off their gowns and delivered naked," says Lisa Fraine, a certified nurse-midwife in Allentown, Pennsylvania. All of these reactions are common; they're simply a response to pain and exhaustion. You can also blame your hormones: "Labor causes a shift in your estrogen and progesterone levels, which is akin to a major case of PMS," Dr. Klapholz says. If you do lose it, don't feel bad. Doctors and nurses are used to these reactions. (Still, it doesn't hurt to apologize afterward.) But if you're uncomfortable with the idea of such a display, be prepared for your delivery. "Women who take childbirth classes tend to stay calmer during labor than those who don't," Dr. Klapholz says.|
|Had a C-Section? Read this.
If you've already delivered by cesarean section and hope to have your next baby vaginally, here's what you need to know.
* You must give birth in a hospital. A study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that while the risk of complications during a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is small, it's enough to make a birthing-center delivery inadvisable.
* VBACs are on the decline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of VBACs has plummeted 63 percent since 1996. Why? Citing the risk of uterine rupture, some hospitals no longer perform the procedure. Adding to the debate: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who attempt a VBAC are at slightly higher risk of medical problems than those who have another C-section.
* Another cesarean may be your best option. Women with more than one previous C-section or who are past their due date are more likely to have complications during a VBAC.
* You need to talk with your doctor. "There are positives and negatives to both a VBAC and a repeat C-section," says Bruce Flamm, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Irvine. "Discuss your options with your ob-gyn."
From the same website on "things no one told you about labor":
Way to encourage natural labor. "you should apologize to the doctors and nurses for your reactions during labor"
If you aren't comfortable being screaming and naked around someone, maybe they shouldn't be at your labor.
Back on topic:
I *loved* the wedding day one. The only two that really bugged me were the "force the guy to stay" one and the "sips of water" one.
good grief, this thread is the ONLY WAY I can even TOLERATE the mere mention of Parents mag (or other such rags.)
It really makes me want to puke, how all of the elements and aspects that I cherish about birth are mocked and ridiculed (standing to birth, getting naked, etc.)
NO wait.....THIS really makes me want to puke (also from the Parents website http://www.parents.com/parents/story...l&catref=prt12)
Midwifery Student and Mama to 2 daughters and 3 sons.
I have given birth a variety of ways and I am thankful for what each one has taught me.
Originally Posted by milkydoula
You mean, obstetricians found that you should use obstetricians to deliver a baby?! Shocking!
|You act like a lunatic. During labor -- especially if you haven't been given pain medication -- you may find yourself screaming, crying, even swearing at your husband or doctor.|
|on that note, i was naked for the majority of my labor with m. about 20 hours in, sitting buck naked on the birth stool between contractions, i looked over at my midwife and thought, "really, when you get down to it, i don't know her that well. and yet, i've been sitting with her completely naked for hours and hours. interesting."|
Everything I was reading made it sound like once you were in labor, you became a disgruntled she-beast who will scream and claw at anyone who attempts to touch or comfort you.
|And what on earth is wrong with crying?|