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Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-23-2016, 02:44 AM
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Posted By Almi
39 weeks pregnant ...

39 weeks pregnant
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Just after he was born...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-23-2016, 02:39 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Almi
Birth Story: UC #4!

My second unassisted pregnancy, fourth unassisted birth, fifth child. Enjoy. :)


Let's start out by saying this pregnancy was quite unplanned. I cried when I got my positive HPT. I feared not...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   02-25-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,982
Posted By Almi
I'm on my fourth UC and I would say my birth kit...

I'm on my fourth UC and I would say my birth kit has changed every time. My labors have been fast and furious (4 hours or less), so I always plan for that. This time:

Labor:
- Magnesium bath...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   02-21-2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,453
Posted By Almi
I agree, it can depend on several factors. If a...

I agree, it can depend on several factors. If a baby is born naturally, and the labor was not brought on by induction, illness, or any other health problems, I would personally feel safe having a UC...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   10-29-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,815
Posted By Almi
I wanted to have a safe, peaceful, satisfying...

I wanted to have a safe, peaceful, satisfying birth. It was important that I not suffer, nor my baby suffer, from birth. It was important that I bond with my baby. I wanted to experience birth...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   10-29-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,333
Posted By Almi
That's a lot bigger than I measured with my twins...

That's a lot bigger than I measured with my twins at that point. I want to say I measured only 4-5 weeks ahead at that point. I'd say something to check into - have you discovered anything yet?
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   10-29-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,833
Posted By Almi
UC #1 (twins): 4 hours from first twin's water...

UC #1 (twins): 4 hours from first twin's water breaking to placenta!
UC #2 : 1 hour and 10 minutes for baby, water broke right before delivery. 5 hours for placenta.
UC #3 : 3-4 hours (not sure...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   10-29-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,270
Posted By Almi
I personally started using magnesium chloride...

I personally started using magnesium chloride bath flakes this pregnancy, and I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel. Maybe also try drinking raspberry leaf tea? Traditional Medicinals...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   04-09-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,306
Posted By Almi
If you don't like reading long stories, here is...

If you don't like reading long stories, here is the birth of my third daughter on video. Born after about an hour of labor, so not much to that story, except the placenta took five hours (torture)....
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   04-09-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,306
Posted By Almi
I have never given birth in a hospital, but I...

I have never given birth in a hospital, but I have been a doula for a hospital birth and it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. What were you looking for advice or suggestions on, anything in...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   01-31-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,969
Posted By Almi
Look at that chubby baby boy!  My twins never...

Look at that chubby baby boy!  My twins never chunked up like that and my third girl didn't much either (though she was born at 8 lbs!).  My baby boy however...lets just say this is the first kid...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-22-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,179
Posted By Almi
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by bruna http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-22-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 106
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Posted By Almi
My first two were twins, second two singles....

My first two were twins, second two singles.  All born unassisted.

#1 - 4 lbs, 2 oz; #2 - 5 lbs, 6 oz; #3 - 8 lbs; #4 - 7 lbs

All had similar head circumference, with my last one possibly a...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-30-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
UC...I couldn't imagine it any other way.  I'm...

UC...I couldn't imagine it any other way.  I'm always surprised when people have asked me for my consecutive pregnancies, "So are you having this one at home, too?"  Why wouldn't I, after the...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-29-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by sgnorton123 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1394322/on-a-lighter-note/60#post_17535607)

Interesting...I...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-29-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Maybe a different way to put it is using my...

Maybe a different way to put it is using my diaphragm to push down on my fundus.  The pressure made the pain lessen considerably, and helped bring the baby down without me actually pushing.
 ...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-28-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Omg three Christmas UC boys! <3     I'm so...

Omg three Christmas UC boys! <3
 
 
I'm so happy...this has been the best birth I've ever had.  I've been healing so well and he's so much more patient than my girls were.  I named him Dainin,...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-24-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Thanks ladies!  I love this baby soooo much.  I...

Thanks ladies!  I love this baby soooo much.  I have to name him!  Eep!

This was my fourth baby, I've had all of my babies unassisted.  My last one was born on the toilet too.  I had to laugh...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-24-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
I almost forgot, here's a pic of him passed out...

I almost forgot, here's a pic of him passed out on my boob within a few hours after birth.
 
http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/319993/width/500/height/700/flags/LL...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-24-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Oh boy your labor sounds a heck of a lot like...

Oh boy your labor sounds a heck of a lot like mine was.  Did we both have Christmas eve babies? :)
 
After 3-4 hours of labor (I got to start out with lighter contractions for once!)...I finally...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-23-2013, 08:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
I pretty much lose my mucus plug every day once...

I pretty much lose my mucus plug every day once I hit 3 cm.  That's the annoying thing about dilating before labor actually starts...mucus plug means absolutely nothing.  I even had like three big...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-23-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
If you can get one finger in your cervix, that's...

If you can get one finger in your cervix, that's 1 cm.  Two fingers, 3 cm.  (Can't get two fingers in but can wiggle one back and forth in your cervix, you're probably 2 cm.)  Usually by 3 cm I can...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-23-2013, 01:00 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by rlschrader http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1394322/on-a-lighter-note/40#post_17532043)

Maybe TMI but I...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-22-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Oh man, I'd be going crazy if I were overdue...

Oh man, I'd be going crazy if I were overdue with this one.  I'm so, so excited to meet this baby.  I've been having contractions every day now for the past couple of days.  I get some stronger...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-18-2013, 12:26 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,029
Posted By Almi
Omg congrats bcgartley!  You beat us!  I demand...

Omg congrats bcgartley!  You beat us!  I demand pictures and birth story when you get a chance. :)
 
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