After a long visit at my hospital last week, I have been doing a lot of thinking. What kind of delivery do I really want to have. I was so uncomfortable, not with the staff or hospital, but sitting in this bed partially reclined for hours on end. I NEVER sit like that and it did not feel natural to me. AT ALL! My back ached so bad. I am unsure if it was my pre labor contractions or just this awkward position. I was hooked up to monitors around my waist going to the left and had an IV in my right arm going to my right.
Is this the position I will be in when I give birth?
Will I be sitting like that for hours on end ..days? Hooked up to these things. I'm not digging it and I want to know what my options are.
I'd Like to move around. I'd like to have the feeling of my legs. This is bringing me to explore the thoughts of a drug free natural birth. Now I've voiced my opinion of exploring this avenue to many people in my life to not so supportive feedback.
My Mom: "Things are not like they use to be, take the drugs they offer them early now" (she had 3 natural births 2 last minute epidurals)
My sister: "If you are not 100% you will NOT go through with it" (she had 4 natural births)
Other sister: "I know you, you'll take the drugs" (had a c-section)
Girlfriends: "Are you crazy take the drugs" (both had a c-section)
My Dr: before switching "most woman who go in with an open mind end up taking the drugs"
A little nervous I asked my mid wife. She was surprisingly encouraging saying things like "you can do it" and in that tone... you know like she meant it! She told me that some woman enjoy pushing. That the pain of childbirth is different for everyone and each time. She encouraged me to watch a documentary. The Business of Being Born It was actually free on my Netflix subscription.
See Here The Business of Being Born
I am so happy to have seen it. It is not hippy crunchy like I thought it may had been. It is really just eye opening and educational. I now have a lot to think about.
If you have seen this or have had a natural birth in a hospital please let me know. I'd love to hear about it! I am not into having a home birth but am considering a natural drug free birth. Not to be disappointed if things happen.