It takes a lot of motivation to have a baby without the use of medications, procedures, and medical interference. Unfortunately, it is normal to have an epidural, multiple vaginal exams, pitocin, episiotomy….and the list goes on.
I gave birth naturally in September 2011 to our youngest child, Samuel. It was in a hospital but they didn’t do anything – it was all me! You can read the whole story here.
I have also had two UNnatural vaginal births with my older children. Let me tell you a secret. THE NATURAL BIRTH EXPERIENCE WAS BETTER!! Even with drugs, an epidural and assistance, the unnatural births were painful, scary and confined (in bed!). My third birth was spent almost entirely at home, where I moved about as I needed to, hanging onto furniture, eating a little bit, and *gasp* exercising!! I was at the hospital for 59 minutes before Samuel entered the world.
There were three things (secrets, if you will) that led to my success.
- Reading multiple books on natural chilbirth. I read different “styles” so I could decide for myself what would likely be the best options for me.
- Reading birth stories online. Message Boards are a great place to find encouraging stories. And This website was my favorite in the last month before I gave birth. I read a few each night before bed! It was so motivating and empowering to read all these different situations that led to the natural birth process. There are many more places online to read stories, but these were my personal favorites.
- Making a Birth Plan and giving a copy to my midwife’s office at my 36 week appointment, as well as a copy to the hospital staff upon arrival when I was in labor. I felt prepared and in control. My husband had explicit instructions to have them follow the plan unless I agreed otherwise (in the case of an emergency c-section or similar). He and I had gone through every aspect of the birth and agreed on what we wanted beforehand. Everything went according to my wishes except for the parts about laboring at the hospital – I wasn’t there long enough to shower or move about! From the time I got there until the time he was born was only 59 minutes and believe me, I wanted to be in bed. I couldn’t walk or change positions. I did all that at home. ;)
This was my birth plan (notice how polite I seem? Really I was a lioness!):
Here are some other posts I’ve written relating to NCB:
Want to know what birth FEELS like? Read The Pains and Sensations of Childbirth.
Thinking about having an INDUCTION? Read this first: What Do You Think? Labor Inductions (Pay close attention to the comments. It is VERY rare for someone to be pleased with their induction experience)
Please read about Birth in the Caul, and find out why they may not need to break your water.