Came across this...it 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 Tina Lloyd on September 1, 2009 at 10:33am
I am from Miami originally (Born and Raised) and did you know Miami has the highest C-section rate in the country!??? CRAZY...went to a birthing class at my hospital here in Charlotte and they have all the tools for a natural labor, squat bar, birthing ball, showers, tubs, etc...so I am really looking forward to my labor. I have also hired a doula and feel she will be a great help to me and my husband to get the most positive birth experience possible!
Comment by Miriam M. Maldonado on August 31, 2009 at 11:35am
Even though it might give some woman a false insentive, Oh I can give birth naturally at a hospital. When we all now it is rare for that to happened even if you have a birthplan. This doctor obviously was different from the group and the hospital as well. Sure it was NOT Miami Florida. You will never see that kind of birth here. What a shame, at least we have plenty of Midwives.
Comment by Miriam M. Maldonado on August 31, 2009 at 11:33am
This footage was great, It is rare to see natural birth on this show. It great that they promoted chiropractic care and a doula. I agree though why push on your back? She seem to have been in the positions that was best for her. I also hate how they mentioned soooo many times "She is wiiling to go all out naturally or she is still sticking to having this baby naturally" What is the big surprise that is what it should be natural labor. She was not sick or no complications happened so what is the big deal. It was sure great to see that footage on TV.
Comment by Kayla Dolan on August 24, 2009 at 12:33pm
But, if you think about it, the beautiful, succesful, natural labor only happens once in a single season...if that...on this show. The rest are dramatic cesarean sections or surgical vaginal deliveries...almost all are medicated. On this show, the natural labor is the "freak" of nature. It bothers me, some, but I'm biased, I guess. LOL

I also hate the way the "pain" of labor is described on this show.

I do love the inclusion of chiropractic care pre-labor, though! That is something that WILL help you to at least feel better toward the end. Not to mention, it drastically improves the baby's abillity to drop into the pelvis, which often helps labor to start on-time (rather than late).

The birth doula is awesome, too!
Comment by RMK on August 24, 2009 at 10:14am
Push how your comfortable, or we can do it my way, on the bed,on your back, more manipulation and congrats! you made it look so easy?
Comment by Urban Crunchy Mama on August 22, 2009 at 7:40pm
Tina, I can't seem to find the message you just sent to me, so I'll reply here.

From what you've shared with us, you're taking proactive steps to enhance and maintaim optimal physical and mental health. Your commitment is really inspiring.

You may already addressed these items already (and just not shared them with us), but I would also recommend hiring a doula, taking birth classes (independent from or in addition to hospital classes), and ensuring that you and your OB are on the same page. Because you would like to have a natural birth, it is key that he or she MUST believe in and practice maternity care by supporting pregnancy and birth as physiological events, intervening only when necessary.
Comment by Laura Morales on August 21, 2009 at 6:27pm
I was thinking that same thing, guess we all picked up on that big fat LIE!
Comment by Urban Crunchy Mama on August 19, 2009 at 9:15pm
In general, I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone, let alone a pregnant woman. I had to stop watching this series because I saw countless inductions, C-sections, and otherwise overly-interventive births. From other episodes and from the doctors' comments in this episode in regards to the woman's wish to birth naturally, it is clear that gentle, evidence-based, physiological birth is not this practice's specialty.

While it's great that this mom wanted and experienced an unmedicated birth, I'm livid about her doctor lying to her. Since when is lying on your back and pushing with your legs pinned back the best position to birth a baby?! And to say that it is the best for the baby?! WOW!
Comment by Tina Lloyd on August 18, 2009 at 7:19pm
Haha you are so right! I picked up on that too...just easier for the doctor, but hey...a natural delivery in the hospital, on one of those TV shows...you must admit is a pretty rare feat! More power to the girl in the video, she was awesome!
Comment by Birth Videos on August 18, 2009 at 6:03pm
Except she told her the best angle for the baby is on her back holding back her legs. Um, what was wrong with knealing on the bed like she was before?

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