If you have, or plan to, give birth after your traumatic experience, what steps are you taking to make sure it goes more smoothly?

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Myself, I'm honestly not too sure, as I was "high risk" and would be again (diabetes and hypertention). Hopefully, getting in better shape between now and the next child will help tremendously, but that's easier said than done right now. I still have some "emotional weight" to shed, before the physical pounds are going to budge.

I have hope, however, as a friend of mine who was also induced for extremely high blood pressure (or pre-pre-eclampsia, as they told us both), and had a horrid experience, just gave birth to her second child at home. She took 6 months to heal physically from the first birth... and felt like herself within a few hours with this one.

I had a homebirth with my 2nd. I know that made all the difference for me this time. I was able to bond with my baby right away. Breastfeeding was established right away. I felt so peaceful after her birth. Like I could do anything.
I am going to plan a homebirth with a midwife who I know has faith in my body's ability to birth normally. I still have about 2 years to wait b/c I want to make sure I have time to heal both emotionally and physically.

I'm still at the point where I'm not sure I can heal psychologically enough to have another baby. As a first time mom at 35, I feel like I might have to choose between taking the time I need and having a two-sibling family. 



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