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Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
2nd Jun '13
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.

happymomma001 Due January 16 (boy); 2 kids; Indiana 127 posts
2nd Jun '13

<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.

Emily M Smith 18 kids; Wisconsin 432 posts
2nd Jun '13

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:-)

happymomma001 Due January 16 (boy); 2 kids; Indiana 127 posts
2nd Jun '13

I should have read everything before posting! Sorry lol

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; Fólkvangr, Asgard, YD, Sweden 3936 posts
2nd Jun '13

is there any way you could labor at home as long as possible?
that would help a looottt with going natural

*Lindsey* 3 kids; Alberta 8798 posts
2nd Jun '13
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

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
2nd Jun '13

<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.

*Call Me MOM* 8 kids; Minnesota 11845 posts
2nd Jun '13

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!!!

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48610 posts
2nd Jun '13

<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.

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48610 posts
2nd Jun '13

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.

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48610 posts
2nd Jun '13

<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.

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
2nd Jun '13
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.

Loca Mamma Due January 21; 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Arizona 919 posts
3rd Jun '13

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.

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48610 posts
3rd Jun '13

<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.

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
3rd Jun '13
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