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Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   04-15-2007, 06:28 PM
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Posted By benes
One more thought to share about beth hardiman....

One more thought to share about beth hardiman. she believes strongly in being there for the birth of your baby. she has a 99% (or something like it) rate of being at the births. She does not let...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   04-14-2007, 09:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,870
Posted By benes
I found Dr. Hardiman to be wonderful! She is...

I found Dr. Hardiman to be wonderful! She is kind and gentle and she took her time with us. She radiates calmness and competence. She also dealt well with our earthy-crunchy minimum intervention...
Forum: VBAC   02-19-2007, 08:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,150
Posted By benes
I used Dr. Beth Hardiman at Mt. Autburn in...

I used Dr. Beth Hardiman at Mt. Autburn in Cambridge. SHe was very supportive of VBAC (I had 2 prior c/s and this last one was a VBACj).; She partners with a midwife but will handle all VBAC...
Forum: VBAC   02-18-2007, 11:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,178
Posted By benes
My VBAC was a long 39 + hours. I had pushed for...

My VBAC was a long 39 + hours. I had pushed for 1 1/2 hours (fully dilated etc.) when I lost it mentally. I was fried, toast, ready to toss in the towel. The labor reminded me / scared me that I...
Forum: VBAC   02-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,178
Posted By benes
After 36 hours of labor, I was fully dilated and...

After 36 hours of labor, I was fully dilated and pushing for 1 1/2 hours. I was toast, exhausted, emotionally fried. I truly was thinking that this birth would end in a c/s just like the other two....
Forum: VBAC   02-17-2007, 08:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By benes
Also, I think I had false expectations of how I...

Also, I think I had false expectations of how I would feel. I expected to feel 100% better in a few days. And that was MY fault for thinking that. I had a long labor and had a baby so I shouldn't...
Forum: VBAC   11-18-2006, 10:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,278
Posted By benes
I completely agree with you! I also pushed for 4...

I completely agree with you! I also pushed for 4 or so hours and even though I am 3 weeks pp today, I am still quite sore. i still have hemroids, sore from the tear/stitches, and my labia is still...
Forum: VBAC   11-11-2006, 10:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By benes
okay...so my brain is dead. already postedb...

okay...so my brain is dead. already postedb about austin. sorry!http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif
Forum: VBAC   11-11-2006, 09:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By benes
Had my successful hospital VBAC after 2...

Had my successful hospital VBAC after 2 c/sections on October 28! Baby boy, Austin JOseph was born after 39 LONG hours of labor but with an incredible team of nurse, midwife/doula, and ob as well as...
Forum: October 2006   11-11-2006, 09:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By benes
Okay, is anyone else still very tender and sore...

Okay, is anyone else still very tender and sore vaginally? My labia was very swollen after almost 4 hours of pushing and I had vericose veins there during pregnancy so now they are in full bloom and...
Forum: October 2006   11-08-2006, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By benes
My third (and final) baby arrived 11 days ago...

My third (and final) baby arrived 11 days ago via VBAC. Austin Joseph weighed in at 6.12.5lbs and now weighs 7.85 (gotta love the over abundant milk supply!...
Forum: VBAC   11-03-2006, 11:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By benes
I had my successful VBAC one week ago tomorrow!....

I had my successful VBAC one week ago tomorrow!. I have now a beautiful baby boy, Austin Joseph. The birth lasted 39 hours and was very intense, but all of us are okay and I am feeling much better...
Forum: October 2006   10-27-2006, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By benes
My early labor has started. I lost all of my...

My early labor has started. I lost all of my mucus plug (nasty) and have been having contrax every 5-7 minutes for the last 12 hours. Still managable. have a reflexologist appt in about 1 1/2 hour...
Forum: VBAC   10-24-2006, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By benes
Thanks for all the thoughts. I like the idea of...

Thanks for all the thoughts. I like the idea of seeing the dark places and facing them. I never thought about that before..to confront the fear directly. I also like the idea of writing it down....
Forum: VBAC   10-24-2006, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By benes
I am 39 weeks today. I had lsot my mucus plug at...

I am 39 weeks today. I had lsot my mucus plug at 33 1/2 weeks and then had more bleeding at 35 weeks so the mw/dr thought I would go early...cervix was starting to soften.....sigh.....

with my...
Forum: October 2006   10-23-2006, 01:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,304
Posted By benes
I'm not post date yet, but am 39 weeks. I had...

I'm not post date yet, but am 39 weeks. I had lost my mucus plug at 33 1/2 weeks and was put on bed rest. Then about 2 weeks ago now, the mw/dr checked my cervix and it was softening, plus I had...
Forum: October 2006   10-22-2006, 09:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By benes
What a great birth story...the kind of birth...

What a great birth story...the kind of birth each us would love to experience!
Congratulations on your beautiful baby!
Forum: VBAC   10-22-2006, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By benes
I am almost 39 weeks pregnant and I am having a...

I am almost 39 weeks pregnant and I am having a difficult time getting the mental pains to leave me in peace at night. I have been doing meditation, yoga and deep breathing this pregnancy. I"ve also...
Forum: October 2006   10-21-2006, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By benes
sure is great to hear others are as crazy as I...

sure is great to hear others are as crazy as I am feeling too! I knew I had lost it when I was squawking to my husband about the spoons and forks he put away incorrectly after I had cleaned the fork...
Forum: October 2006   10-20-2006, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 223
Posted By benes
I am dizzy today. Woke up with tons of energy...

I am dizzy today. Woke up with tons of energy and a huge mental to-do list. But have to stop, lay down and breathe. I go to the dr/mw today so will talk about it with her....
just one more body...
Forum: October 2006   10-19-2006, 10:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 771
Posted By benes
I'm still here too. My EDD is Oct. 31 and the...

I'm still here too. My EDD is Oct. 31 and the conception date is very accurate as we only -- once in February (feb. 8 exactly!), and my cycles have always been right on schecule. ...incidently, I...
Forum: October 2006   10-19-2006, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By benes
I"ve been having similary contractions as well....

I"ve been having similary contractions as well. they radiate around from my stomach to my back or vise versa. just when I think, is this it? should I start keeping track, they seem to go away. I...
Forum: October 2006   10-15-2006, 10:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 549
Posted By benes
I am 38 weeks and feeling generally CRABBY...to...

I am 38 weeks and feeling generally CRABBY...to my husband, daughter and little two year old son....nothing makes me happy.
I had my daughter at 38 weeks and my son was 4 days late. with this...
Forum: October 2006   10-14-2006, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 454
Posted By benes
sorry to break the trend of having the mucus...

sorry to break the trend of having the mucus plug and then a labor directly following... BUT....I lost my mucus plug at 33 1/2 weeks and then some more at 36 weeks. I am now 38 weeks and holding.......
Forum: October 2006   10-08-2006, 11:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By benes
I lost my mucus plug at 33 1/2 weeks and since...

I lost my mucus plug at 33 1/2 weeks and since then have had pink-tinged mucus like discharge on and off. I am 37 weeks now and at the last visit (friday) I wasn't dilated at all, but she said the...
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