Pondering Our Birth Experience

We have a little while to go before Eudora is born.  I’m 33 weeks pregnant at this point, so it’s weighing pretty heavily on my mind.  This time around, there’s a lot more to my potential birth experience than there was with Norton or Andy.  I’m hoping to avoid a repeat birth experience like the one that I had with Norton – I’m shooting for a VBAC this time, so no c-section for me, please.  And because I’m going for a VBAC, there’s no way that I can have a repeat of my birth experience with Andy.

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Checking Out Hypnobirthing as a Natural Childbirth Method

So, yeah.  I really do want to attempt a VBAC delivery.  Fortunately, my doctor is supportive of that and even encourages a VBAC delivery over a repeat cesarean whenever possible.  But here’s the thing: I have zero experience with using a natural childbirth method… or with having a natural childbirth.  We’re looking at two choices for a natural childbirth method: Hypnobirthing (or the Mangan Method) or the Bradley Method.  (We’re also seriously leaning towards hiring a doula, which means I need to get my butt in gear and start searching.)

Checking Out Hypnobirthing as a Natural Childbirth Method (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Either way, we doubt we’ll take a class.  We essentially have the Hypnobabies class in a box, and we’ve purchased all the materials that we can find (including the Bradley Method course workbook since there is no Bradley Method class in our entire province).  So far I’ve been taking a gander at hypnobirthing.  We bought HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing online and I started reading.

I’m not terribly far through the Hypnobirthing book, as I find it terribly… hippie in some of the verbiage.  I’ve had a vaginal birth before.  I know that it can be pretty effing excruciating.  I also know that it can be painless, even without any sort of natural childbirth method training.  Especially if you’re a woman in my family.  (My mother had one of my sisters in such a painless labor that she felt no contractions and had to be told when to push.  My oldest sister had the same type of labor, and it was a fast labor to boot.  It looked like I was on the way to the same type of labor with my firstborn… but some impatient soul decided that I should have pitocin to speed it up.  Grr.)  But whenever someone goes on about how “women were made for this” and so forth, it’s kind of a big eye roll for me.

The book also has a CD in the back with a couple of tracks designed to put you in a state of hypnosis.  I’ve been listening to them when I have an excruciating headache and can take a nap… and I’ll tell you what: it’s definitely relaxing.  I’ve always fallen asleep before both tracks were over with, and when I wake up I have less of a headache.  It’s got me starting to think that maybe there is something to this HypnoBirthing thing, after all.

What’s appealing to me right now is a sort of blending of the two methods.  If I can have a painless child birth through hypnosis, great.  I’m all for anything that makes the process easy.  But if not, the pain management techniques that are a part of the Bradley Method seem like they could help.

Did you use a natural childbirth method?  Which did you go with?  Were you able to go natural?

Beginning Natural Childbirth Method Research

I should start with stating that I have never in my entire life had any real interest in using a natural childbirth method.  With my first, I might have been fine with a natural childbirth method; I didn’t feel a single contraction until the hospital decided to administer pitocin.  I knew nothing about it, I was little more than a kid.  Nothing was really explained to me beyond they were giving it to me to “speed up my labor.”  And I was told this, not asked.  What I do know is that I went from watching the contractions be incredibly strong on the monitor without feeling them to nearly passing out from back labor.  Yeah, I had an epidural.  And an episiotome, which was also done without my consent.  With Norton, I had a scheduled c-section due to gestational diabetes, polyhydramnios, and I was projected to have a baby the size of a small elephant. [Read more…]