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hey all<br><br>
So Im still overcoming my really weird birthing experience...I know I sometime have to post the entire thing under the birth story thread so I can *get over it* and move on.<br><br>
But...<br><br>
Im curious how many of you have hospital births were, induced (i.e. pitocin) and did it naturally (no pain killers at all)....How did it go? Was it like extremely strenuous and just alot more intense than you have planned for?<br><br>
I have planned to not be induced and when I was it was a huge disapointment (I had ds in january)...which made me even more determined to not accept pain killers...which im glad I did becos childbirth was the most incredible thing I ever experienced...but it was also alot more frightening than I had anticipated and I was mentally and physically VERY prepared-I was in very good physical shape...im athletic and kept on working out during my entire pregnancy and have a high pain tolerance and I had mentally prepared myself my entire pregnancy for laboring sans pain killers...BUT still...it was MUCH more intense...id say almost frightening at times...and I pushed for almost 3 hrs and was just exhausted...the pushing was the most relieving yet the worst experience (I used a squat bar).<br><br>
I know when i eventually get pregnant again im going to have to decide wether to do it natural again or get drugs...im scared about what if I should be induced and I hafta experience those frighteningly strong contractions again...other mamas tell me those contractions arent the normal ones that ou get if your not induced...but still...it was scary.<br><br>
Oh and I know i'll probably have whatever more kids we have at a birthing center and not a hospital but my mom was like...girl...you came CLOSE to either death or a C-section (baby was BIG-9lbs, pushed for 3 hrs, lost alot of blood...need I go on...?)...but a hospital...just scares me now...<br><br>
Pls any experiences to share... I just wanna know that im not like *the only one* whose experienced this...I really need to just *move on*...but its hard...<br><br>
Umm Ibrahim
 

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My third was at a hospital. Not induced but augmented with pictocin (to get his head to come down) and all pain-med free. I pushed for four minutes. (My first, I pushed for nearly 3 hours; 2nd was 20 minutes.)
 

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I have had a doula client that was induced with pitocin and used no pain meds. She did so beautifully, and said that she definitely considered pain meds while things were very intense, luckily her body responded well to the pitocin and she birthed within 10 hours of starting the pitocin. Like you said, it is absolutely possible.
 

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I had one baby come on her own, no meds, and another induced, no meds. In all honesty, they both hurt, the contractions were not worse with the induced one. The only difference was that the contractions started getting closer together and stronger, faster (in early labor) with my induced labor, but I think when it came down to the toughest part (transition), they were equally painful.<br>
I actually was much more in control with my induced labor, but I think that was more b/c of my wonderful dh and the fact that I knew more of what to expect. After I had my 1st, I seriously thought I wanted to get an epi the next time. However, 5 yrs later when I was prego with my son, I wanted to do it natural again. Now my ds is 12 mos and I am expecting in August and know that I don't want any pain meds.<br>
Give it time, as the memory of the pain will fade as time goes on!<br>
I am going to refuse induction this time (my induced baby was 14 days "late"), b/c I want to labor at home for as long as possible- I hated having to be monitored and not being able to take a long shower during labor with my induced baby.<br>
Congrats on your new baby!<br>
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I hope you don't mind me sharing 2nd hand stories, as I have no first hand experience with induction. One of my best friends had both of her children in the hospital (military) and they induced both times. She was determined not to take any pain meds - sadly not b/c it mattered so much to her but simply b/c her dh insisted she didn't. She didn't prepare for the births really at all as far as I could tell aside from talking to me about birth in a general way. She made it through both times w/o any pain meds but from the way she described the pain, it sounded pretty awful. She only pushed 5-15 minutes with each baby too. Oh, and they were both fairly big (9+ lbs. each if I remember correctly and the first one had shoulder dystocia).<br><br>
Another close friend of mine had her first induced and had planned for an epidural and was thankful she had it. She felt that the whole thing was horribly painful (which, I'm sure a pit induction is for most people). But with her 2nd baby, labor began on its own and progressed the way it should. She felt contrax but only having those horrendous pit contrax to compare to she really wasn't even sure she was in labor. She talked to her doctor's office who said to come in later that day just to be checked out, so eventually she got there (like 7pm, and she had first noticed signs of contrax around noon). She wasn't even prepared to be admitted (didn't bring up the camera or anything) b/c she really didn't think it was labor, but it was and she was 9 cm! She got the epidural in place *just in time* to push. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> (sorry, I question how much she needed it at that point when she didn't even realize she was in labor, but that's not my call to make so whatever).<br><br>
I really believe that for *most* women, pit labor feels much worse than natural labor. If for nothing else, it tends to start up very suddenly and strong whereas with natural labor there's usually more of a build-up which gives your body time to acclimate to the stronger sensations (it doesn't just hit you like a ton of bricks). And I don't know anything about your birth experience aside from what you just wrote, but a lot of people I've talked to IRL seem to think they came close to death with their birth experiences when really they didn't or what happened that was bad was a direct result of "management" or interventions from a birth provider (usually in the hospital). A 9lb baby isn't very big at all (bigger than average but certainly not huge - my 2nd was 9 1/2 lbs and she shot out of me like a cannon ball in 90 minutes start to finish, whereas my first 8 1/2 lber took 4 hours to push out plus an additional 6 hours of labor). Bleeding can be managed well at home or in a birth center usually (I lost a lot of blood after my 2nd twin was born at home and my mw was able to stabalize me and avoid a hospital transfer - which of course we would have done if needed but thankfully we managed to escape that). Keep reading around here - read birth stories - and I'm sure your confidence will build. You can totally do it. Have faith in yourself, your body, and your baby!
 

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The title of this thread just makes me wince in sympathy.<br><br>
I think your best bet is to go into this knowing that you will not be induced again and that natural labor will be far far better than the artificial version.
 

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I had a hospital birth that was induced with pitocin and I didnt use and pain meds. It was not the birth that I wanted but my water had broken in the middle of the night and i went back to sleep not paying any attention until the next morning at my appt when she checked me and said that I was leaking fluid. DD was born 36hrs after we had realized that my water was broken ( at the appt). I had planned on a water birth with no meds at all but my midwife said that pitocin was needed or I could end up with a c-section. It was not the way I planned on birthing my daughter and I was upset about it but in the end I realized that I have a healthy and happy little girl, I do sometimes still think about what could have been but I try to let the positives shine over the negatives.
 

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With my first baby I was augmented with pitocin and I didn't use any pain meds at all. My water broke and 25 hours later I agreed to the pit. She was born about 4 hours after it started. It was pretty painful and intense. I had a doula that helped me remember that I really did not want any pain medication. My second birth was a home water birth and it was very fast and intense and not as painful or scary.
 

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I was induced with my first two (for medical reasons--planned inductions) and needed the pain meds because I couldn't even breathe in between contractions they were so intense and relentless. Once the contractions really got going it was kinda scary--even the second time around. I think because it feels completely out of control. Not that you can control contractions when you go naturally, but with pitocin it feels like you're suddenly barrelling down a steep hill totally out of control. My third was natural . . . and a completely different experience. I could relax and breathe between each contraction, which made all the difference. The contractions became intense, but still not like the pitocin ones. It was a completely natural and med-free birth.<br><br>
I'm always amazed to hear about people who got through a pitocin induced birth without pain meds. I have a very high pain tolerance, but just couldn't do it myself. FWIW all my births have been in a hospital (I'm slightly high risk) and I've had really wonderful experiences, thankfully.<br><br>
Good luck, mama.
 

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I was induced with cytotec and pitocen. I didn't use any pain meds. It was very very intense. It was also very scary to watch the doctor pushing that button on the machine to up the pit drip. Very anxiety producing! There was a point -- around transition -- when I really didn't think I could make it. I had given myself permission to use pain meds if I had to be induced, so I was open to using narcotics if I got too tired. (It was a 19 hour labor.) I told my doctor that I might want something and she told me that she could give me something, but that she didn't think it would be much longer and that I was doing great. So I pressed on without.<br><br>
It was very hard. The contractions felt very unnatural, even though I have never experienced natural contractions, they just didn't feel like they were coming from my body, yk?<br><br>
I am planning a homebirth with a CNM this time and not even considering the fact that I could possibly be induced again. It just kills me to hear about women who choose to be induced. I can't imagine choosing that. I had pre-e last time adn while there is a risk of it reoccuring, I am very hopeful that I will be able to have a natural birth. I am really trying to remain positive.<br><br>
If I have to do it again, I will do it without pain meds again. I didn't know what transition was going to be like, that most women think that they're not going to make it. I think if I had known that, I wouldn't have even considered drugs.
 

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My labor with #2 stalled out, and I decided to transport for pitocin. I used hypnosis and found it far less painful (pretty much painless for most of the time) than my first natural birth. I did request Stadol at transition - I didn't realize I was in transition and thought I would have to go much longer - if they had told me, I would have toughed it out. As it was the doc gave me a teeny tiny dose and it was just enough to help me relax for the last 20 min before I pushed. I actually don't regret that because hey if I'm in the hospital may as well enjoy some benefit! I think I did truly need the boost from the pit, because I experienced the contractions as being very similar to regular contractions, and actually far less painful than the contractions I had with my first. (I also made sure that they only gave me just enough to do the job - and had my dh watching them like a hawk that they didn't increase it unneccesarily just to get done quicker. My labor was a good 9 hours on the pit, so not incredibly fast or anything.) I'll admit I fear needing assistance again, not so much cause the labor was bad, but because I didn't want or like being in the hospital. That said a neatly done induction is far less traumatic than getting too far gone at home the way I did with #1. I'm very proud of you - you did very well and worked very hard. You deserve a nice quiet birth in the future!
 

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My 2nd birth was an induction without pain meds. My 1st was came on his own without pain meds.The contractions were harder to deal with at the end during my induction becuase it felt like they were right on top of each other.I was so scared that I was going to end up c sectioned going into the induction.My labor was really short but I do remember trying to say at the end I wish to get an epidural now.I just couldn't get anything more than I wish out in between contractions.I will never never choose an induction and if I was told I needed one I would do a better job finding out why since the reason behind mine was not valid after I looked into it.(still bitter)<br>
Not every birth requires an induction so your next birth might not be under the same circumstances.Your next baby will already have had the way shown to him/her by your first baby.They all come out but each one is alittle different than the last.
 

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My water broke and I did not go into active labor within the requisite 24hours so I had to be transferred to a hospital and get an induction (Pitocin).<br>
I made it through without any pain meds, not to say I did not ask for them. I think I even asked for a C-section at some point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br>
Thankfully, I had my husband, doula and midwife with me for support. I remember asking my husband for the nth time for an epidural and when he finally relayed that to the nurse and I heard the nurse say that she was going to go ahead, tell the doc and prep for an epi, I realized that if she informed the doc it was probably the point of no return so I kinda backtracked and asked for another hour. I figured that if after one hour I still feel the same way then I'd go for the epidural. About an hour later though I was ready to push.
 

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Hey wow....all the replies have been a great soother and help...<br><br>
What you wrote is pretty much how I felt...cept that I didnt have any problems breathing (just during the 3 hours of pushing and so used Oxygen)...but yes it felt borderline scary...and im really good at controlling myself and was mentally ready for the labor and the contractions but yes it was definetly MUCH MUCH scarer that I had assumed...the barrelling down a hill is EXACTLY how it felt...i squat/knelt my entire labor with a rubber ball in both hands which by the time I had delivered was mutilated...but my doula would hold me on my shoulders and we'd count trhough them and it was like a roller coaster ride...totally scary. Oh and everything hit like wham...bam...boom...it went from being light, simple...like whatever contractions to like ratched up like 1,000 times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
By the time transition hit it was contraction on top of contraction and by that point dh tell me I was saying I wanted meds, wanted to die and God knows what else...LOL...but by then had started to to push.<br><br>
I just really really hope if we ever have kids again that I wont hafta be induced...though even the induction experience, sometimes when I think about it scares me into thinking I dont wanna have any more kids.<br><br>
NE way, thanks all for the wonderful words and experiences...hey, least I know what I went through wasnt that out of the ordinary.<br><br>
Oh and yes i dont know why anyone would willingly choose to be induced!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was induced with my first two (for medical reasons--planned inductions) and needed the pain meds because I couldn't even breathe in between contractions they were so intense and relentless. Once the contractions really got going it was kinda scary--even the second time around. I think because it feels completely out of control. Not that you can control contractions when you go naturally, but with pitocin it feels like you're suddenly barrelling down a steep hill totally out of control. My third was natural . . . and a completely different experience. I could relax and breathe between each contraction, which made all the difference. The contractions became intense, but still not like the pitocin ones. It was a completely natural and med-free birth.<br><br>
I'm always amazed to hear about people who got through a pitocin induced birth without pain meds. I have a very high pain tolerance, but just couldn't do it myself. FWIW all my births have been in a hospital (I'm slightly high risk) and I've had really wonderful experiences, thankfully.<br><br>
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I was induced (from no contractions at all ... I was overdue) and had a hospital birth with a midwife, and did NO pain meds. It was fine... well, as fine as anyone can expect labor to be, I guess. I was lucky enough to have the ability to move around and labor pretty much as I wanted... they monitored the baby with a telometry unit and I was even able to use the jacuzzi tub, which, let me tell you, was COMPLETELY worth while. The bad parts are that the contractions come closer together than normally, although they kept backing off the pitocin because my body kept kicking in more and more, and the darn IV kept getting in the way. I did wind up with an episiotomy, though, so technically I did have some lidocane for that, but no normal labor pain meds at all.
 
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