Quoting Emily Dickinson:" Do they not have one at Main? I didn't know that!"
No, not anymore. It used to be at Main, but it moved years ago when North opened. That's where my mom works, in the NICU.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [31 wks]:</b>" I don't even think our L&D rooms have bath tubs in them..."</blockquote>
I'm not sure where you are delivering but Parkview North and Dupont both have tubs.
I had both my babies all natural and I don't do well with pain. I was beyond scared when I went into labor with my first as I had no idea what to expect. I had an amazing midwife who delivered both my kids. I did a lot of mental prep and reminded myself a womens body was made for this and women have been having babies forever and years ago there were no pain meds and I found that helped me. I also had a very detailed birth plan and made dang sure everyone had copies and my midwife put a few copies in my chart before hand. My first labor was a long rough 28 hours and my second was 1 hour 43 mins from start to finish:-) You can do anything you put your mind to. Use the shower as much as possible and the birthing ball is great to. Best of luck mama:-)
I should have read everything before posting! Sorry lol
is there any way you could labor at home as long as possible?
that would help a looottt with going natural
Quoting Squeaky McGee [31 wks]:" How did you do it? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I'm curious as to how others dealt with ... [snip!] ... they pushed the Pitocin on me, I couldn't handle the pain anymore. I kept blacking out and caved and got the epi. Any pointers?"
I think the only reason ive never had drugs is because of how fast my labours have been. My first one i didnt need it, the pain was bearable. The 2nd one i coulda used it, it hurt bad.. but i didnt. I just kept telling myseld your baby will be here soon its just pain...and i didnt know the sex either which i think pushed me more cause i just wanted to know so bad.
Im the opposite as you. Since ive never had any drugs this time im wanting them, if its a longer labour. I figure if its there and available why sit there in pain when you dont have to! haha. IM totally open to either or... I dont make plans, i go in open minded and do what my body tells me lol
<blockquote><b>Quoting happymomma001:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [31 wks]:</b>" I don't even think our L&D ... [snip!] ... tubs in them..."</blockquote> I'm not sure where you are delivering but Parkview North and Dupont both have tubs."</blockquote>
I will be delivering at Parkview. I work there.
I walked until it wasn't bearable to walk then I jumped into the labor tub and just labored in the warm bath I breathed thru the contractions and hummed .. I never once screamed even while birthing a 10 and a half lb beast lol the tub helped a lot so if you have that option use it! I didn't have a midwife so as soon as I felt the baby descending ( and you can!) I had to get out of the tub:( I delivered both kids in about 10 min from the time I got out of the tub..
My second delivery was horrid because I layed in bed lab prong because the didn't have the new birth suits they have now.. So I just turned from side to side in the bed .. I had a failed epi with that child ... Although I could feel everything .. My legs and what not.. They made me stay in bed.. It was excruciating ...
3rd and 4th were completely natural and unmedicated ... I couldn't believe how amazing I felt right after delivery!!
I chose natural because of the adverse reaction I had to the epis for births 1 and 2 ..
You can do it stef!!!
<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [31 wks]:</b>" How did you do it? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I'm curious as to how others dealt with ... [snip!] ... they pushed the Pitocin on me, I couldn't handle the pain anymore. I kept blacking out and caved and got the epi. Any pointers?"</blockquote>
I was induced with Zach. I was told how painful not only labor was, but an induction was even moreso. I got the epi at 2cm. Never felt any cxns. Only the urge to push, ring of fire, etc. So I was determined to experience my labor with Evan.
I had to be induced again, but I didn't have any pain meds or the epi. My cxns weren't too painful until my water broke. Then they were one on top of the other. I transitioned quick. I went from 4cm to delivered within 1 1/2 hours. It was sort of a blur but I kept changing positions and breathing deeply through them. It didn't help too much though. Ugh. The only relief was when I felt the pressure to push and Evan did that myself. I didn't really have too. Lol.
With Jacob, I was in early labor for 2 days before. I went in Friday for an 'induction'. They were just going to break my water since I was at a 4-5 and we figured that was all it would take. I got there that morning. I was having cxns 3-5 minutes apart. They weren't painful though. Just uncomfortable. The on-call suggested a low dose of pitocin to see if we could jumpstart the labor a bit, then he would be back after he did a c/s to break my water. They turned the drip to 3. My cxns got more uncomfortable. Less than 2 hours later, right before the on-call came back in, my water broke pj it's own. Lol. That is when the cxns intensified. Since I was now in active labor, they shut the drip off.
To try to make this shorter... Lol. I would vocalize through them. I would start out quiet but as the cxn peaked I would get louder. By the time it was time to deliver, I am sure I could be heard outside the room. Lol. I didn't care. As I would vocalize, I would interalize too. I would shut my eyes and focus on the cxn. I would picture it going up as it peaked, then I would 'watch' it come down. Sometimes I would watch the monitor itself. I would just tell myself that this too shall pass. A few other things that helped were changing positions. Also I had some back labor. I would have Randel grind his hand into my back by my tailbone. As the cxn would peak, I would have it grind harder. Other than when he did that, I didn't want anyone touching me. I didn't wanna hear anyone talking either though. Lol.
My active labor with Jacob wasnt that long. From the time my water broke, when the pain intensified, until he was born was 5 hours. I was complete by 2pm, but I had an internal cervix lip that wouldnt move. By the time I felt like pushing at 3:50, Jacob was ready to come on his own and he did so. Just like Evan had. They were telling me to hold him.in while they set up. I tried my hardest. He pushed himself out though. He was born at 3:55. Lol.
So my active labor wasn't too long. I will say it definitely felt shorter than 5 hours though. Oddly enough. Lol.
<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" I have a VERY low pain tolerance. I went 28 hours natural and only was able to do it because of my amazing ... [snip!] ... having to get an epi at 10cm because I got stuck with a lip that would not go away. I lived in the tub/bathroom for my labor."</blockquote>
I thought you were the one I remember saying had an internal lip even once you were complete. I thought about you when they told me that was my issue. Lol. The pressure was so horrible. I was gently pushing against it. I couldn't help it. Oops. I was glad once my nurse helped me pushed it to the side. That is when Jacob started pushing himself out and he took over. Lol.
Quoting Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" I have a VERY low pain tolerance. I went ... [snip!] ... I was glad once my nurse helped me pushed it to the side. That is when Jacob started pushing himself out and he took over. Lol."
I tried to push while my mw held it back and it was HORRIBLE omg, and i dont remember realizing i had a lip and i thought there was just something wrong with me because all i had head was that pushing felt good.
Well I did all natural no meds..I was really into the baby story shows n watched all these moms doing it natural. Since I had one w/meds I wanted to try one w/out. No one believed I could do it but I had my mind set. I read all on it n how ur suppose to do it n how ppl handled it. So that day I did it..I kept thinking of that baby that is coming despite the pain. I kept focus n kept thinking of all the positives of doing it w/out meds. N it was very painful but worth it n went by faster n was better healing wise n the baby was more awake etc. I prefer it.
<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" I tried to push while my mw held it back and it was HORRIBLE omg, and i dont remember realizing i had ... [snip!] ... realizing i had a lip and i thought there was just something wrong with me because all i had head was that pushing felt good."</blockquote>
Pushing was sweet relief. Until the nurse had her hands in my bag when I did. Lol. Once it was moved, Jacob was like FINALLY. And my body and his big head did the rest. Lol.
Quoting Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" I tried to push while my mw held it back ... [snip!] ... hands in my bag when I did. Lol. Once it was moved, Jacob was like FINALLY. And my body and his big head did the rest. Lol."
Because I was a VBAC the stupid hospital policy was continuous fetal monitoring the nurse kept shoving the monitor into me every ctrx, so the end was bad and I got super stressed and my body shut down. I was stuck in transition for like 5 hours. It was horrible. I hate hospitals so much I will never attempt to have another natural birth in one. I will either have a home birth or a hospital birth in which I get the epi at 8cm lol