Hospital births

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Natural Birth Stories Wanted

Started by Teresa Ottewell Sep 27, 2011. 0 Replies

"What you want in your hospital birth."

Started by Kathryn O'Brien. Last reply by Kathryn O'Brien Nov 25, 2009. 5 Replies

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Comment by Violet on July 22, 2010 at 12:35am
I'm very encouraged that some hospitals embrace natural births. I haven't been fortunate to experience those. I've had four, intervention-happy hospital births. In a way I feel cheated because no one was telling me I didn't need all those interventions (stripping the membranes, etc.).

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Comment by Sara on May 3, 2010 at 12:23pm
I have had 5 natural births in a hospital, but would have loved to have had a homebirth. I did everything I knew how to be able to have the birth I wanted, even though I was in a hospital. My birth plan was key in me deciding which dr to go with. (I ended up switching at 21 weeks with my last baby).
Comment by Brittany Tubb on March 25, 2010 at 11:08am
hi ladies, ill be having my second hospital birth in less than 2 months! :))
Comment by Anana Johari Harris Parris on February 24, 2010 at 12:59pm
so.. my doctor waits until my seventh month to say we cant video the birth. what in the world? We are looking into switching.
Comment by Nicole Deggins on January 2, 2010 at 8:06pm
@Rebecca, if its any consolation or if it matters... I just want you to know that your contractions were NOT "weak and ineffective" :-) They were strong and powerful and moved your cervix from closed to 10cm dialated. That's sounds pretty effective to me :-)
Comment by Nicole Deggins on January 2, 2010 at 8:00pm
Hi Ladies, I wanted to invite you all to sign up for my Free Pregnancy Teleclass taking place on January 16th. Its a class all about Birth Plans ;-) and how they can affect your hospital birth. Its listed on the events calendar!
Comment by Rene' Dierking on December 23, 2009 at 9:12pm
I'll have to get the birthplan from home in Albuquerque after the New Year as we're in Washington State visiting family. I'll make sure to post this for all to see just for hints and ideas for your own births.
Comment by Rebecca on December 22, 2009 at 9:27pm
I had a successful 'natural' hospital birth last year. My prenatal care was through a midwife practice that used a specially reserved "Alternative Birthing Center" within a hospital. It was basically just a larger room, with a queen size bed and a tub and birth balls, etc. It was the perfect solution for me because I got to do all the laboring as I wished, with no meds. However, after pushing for over an hour with no progress, my midwife suggested we try pitocin. I was afraid that this decision would ruin the whole thing and that I would end up with an emergency c-section if we went that route. So I pushed a while longer, but still no progress so finally tried the pitocin. It immediately made my weak and ineffective contractions productive and it wasn't long before my daughter was born! I think if I had not used the pitocin during the pushing, it would have gone on hours longer or ended in surgery. This is why a hospital birth was the best solution for me. But having a midwife was my key to success too! (and midwife care is less expensive!)
Comment by Sara on December 11, 2009 at 8:18pm
This will be my second hospital birth for financial/insurance reasons. My first one went pretty well. I credit that to the fact that I didn't come in until I was 7cm dilated and in no mood to listen to anyone. I discovered a secret: Unless they REALLY REALLY REALLY care about a particular hospital policy, they're not going to argue with a cranky woman who's going through transition. Add to that the fact that I am deaf and was really in no mood to lipread during a contraction, they found it easier to talk to my support person than me. And I had pretty much informed him that I didn't want to hear about pain killers, etc.

This time around I'm going to contact the patient's advocate (forgot the exact name of the position) and discuss what the hospital policies are, and see which ones have more wiggle room and which ones do not.
Comment by Doris on November 25, 2009 at 9:02pm
Hello Rene,
I am in the same situation as Emily, would you be kind enough to provide me w/a copy of your birth plan. I really need ideas. Thanks

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