Came across is POSSIBLE to have a natural delivery at the hospital just so long as the doctor knows your wishes and relays them to the nursing staff...

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Comment by Carrie W on December 31, 2009 at 5:21pm
SMH @ her doctor..."what you want to do is just sit with your legs pulled back, because really that's what's best for the baby"...WHAT? OBs know that the lithotomy position is only what's best for them. & I agree that telling her that there was going to be this "horrible horrible pressure" as she was preparing to give birth...obviously that was lame of her. Anyway, glad this show has at least one "natural" birth on it, because I've seen like 90% sections on that show, to where a reasonable person watching it would think that's whats normal.
Comment by Rachael Fichtner on December 30, 2009 at 6:00pm
SHE did great. The show commentary was beyond annoying! "You're going to feel this really terrible, terrible pressure..." or whatever she said. NEVER tell a woman it's going to be terrible or that she's going to feel horrible pain - then she'll expect that and become tense. Plus, umm hello it's not that bad. Urgh, these terrible TV shows.
Comment by Evie MacRunnel on December 23, 2009 at 11:26pm
I am 22 and have grown up with the idea of labor being so painful. I grew up watching Baby Story and assumed that labor is a impossible thing to go through without an epidural. Now that my sister tried to go natural but fell into the hospital mirage of interventions, I new it wasn't the labor... it was the media and the hospital. I crave for better understanding and I wish that the general public craved it as much as me.
Yes this birth was natural... but the staff practically punished her by restricting her to her bed on her back. I want a better picture of birth for everyone.
Comment by ai on November 29, 2009 at 11:15pm
Comment by chrissy on November 29, 2009 at 9:17pm
I am a CE and CD and this show is the worst, worse than baby story. It seems it is ALL about how many interventions they CAN do.
Good to see they saw at least ONE natural birth.
Comment by Tertia Alkema on November 23, 2009 at 2:12am
Just a pity that she was on her back! This is the worst posisiton to be in when giving birht!
Comment by Cristy on November 22, 2009 at 8:34pm
Oh, and btw, lying on your back with your legs back is NOT the easiest way to make room for the baby.
Comment by Cristy on November 22, 2009 at 8:32pm
She did have several things working in her favor: 2nd baby, serious motivation, and a good doula. Most of the time the nurses and OBs will just laugh on the inside. Good for her though!
Comment by Chany S on October 3, 2009 at 11:28pm
It's very sad that the doctor commented at the end that "It's very rare for someone without an epidural, to not lose it at the end." Apparently, she hasn't seen many natural births.
Comment by Kayla Dolan on September 2, 2009 at 4:35pm
Also, I want to add that the doctor and staff knowing your wishes does not get you a natural birth. If the staff is busy and the doctor thinks you aren't going fast enough (by hospital standards), you will be advised intervention. I had a clear birth plan for my third child, was given pitocin because I wasn't progressing fast enough (was only 4 cm after just an hour of natural labor. Go figure!). Then, I was told I wouldn't be able to handle the contractions (by the nurse) and that it was best for me and baby to get the epidural.

Clear birth plans don't always work. Good education about birth also doesn't always work (as you're pretty much engulfed in yourself during much of labor). Doulas are priceless, though, if you want a natural labor in a hospital.


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