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I thought it would be interesting to hear your plans for labor and birth. Starting with the assumption that we'll all aiming for natural, what have you tried with previous births, and what will you do this time?<br><br>
For my first, I took the Hypnobirthing classes (my best friend is an instructior) and it was awesome. Had a beautiful first experience. For my second, I basically re-freshed my memory on hypnobirthing, and with my yoga experience, it all meshed. My ds's birth was also beautiful and amazing.<br><br>
I also read Mind Over Labor and Birthing From Within during both pregnancies, practiced relaxation breathing, and in general just trusted my body <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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W/ birth #1, I used epidural pain relief as a coping mechinism...that was a failure, my 1st epidural didn't "take", and the second wasn't complete, so I still felt a lot and had no resources to help me with the pain, lying on my back, urinary catheter in place, blood pressure cuff on my arm, bands on my belly, IV in my arm, catheter in my back delivering pain meds.<br><br>
THIS time, for my homebirth, I seriously concidered hypnobirthing, Bradly, doing the stuff Birthing from Within tells you to do...<br><br>
...but I decided to just go with the flow, and I found out that loud noisemaking (some might call it yelling) with a very loose throat and open mouth/jaw, was very effective for coping with the power of the contractions.<br><br>
Of course, being in my own home with my midwives and my husband, and having sacral pressure, warm compresses on my giant contracting uterine muscle, water to drink, my birth ball and freedom to move all contributed to adequate pain management during my labor.
 
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