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Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 10th '12
Quoting Kimberly Paul:" i am having my first child hopefully very soon and my goal is to do it all natural as well. my theory ... [snip!] ... i'm not sure. does anyone who has been through natural labor and delivery have any advice to cam my nerves? thanks. :-/"


My little girl is 9 weeks now and I had a natural delivery with no pain relief at all. The first time was a lengthy complicated delivery because of all the drugs they administered to me in the UK with my son. So this time I decided no drugs.



I didn't go to the hospital until is was REALLY uncomfortable. So shopped, went to mcdonalds, just made sure I stayed on my feet (to keep my mind off the very mild contractions and let gravity help). Went into the hospital when the pain became very uncomfortable.



I was hooked up to a machine that showed babies heart beat my heart beat and the contractions. The contractions show an rise in number before you actually feel them - just breath through those and keep your eye on the machine. This way you are expecting the pain and can control your emotions and breath through the contraction. One at a time. Without drugs, this stage can develop quickly into the next stage.



The 2nd stage is the most painful. This is the pushing stage. It can last a very short amount of time(30 min) or a long time (1 1/2 hours). My doctor gave me advice that worked wonders (just remember to get you bowels cleaned out with an enema before this part)... Push, like you having a poo and relax your pelvic floor muscle. Keep you mouth closed when pushing. If its open when pushing, you loose power/pressure. As much as you want to scream, put all that energy into keeping your mouth closed and pushing.



I had a special gel bought in by me that lowered your pushing time by 30 %. I can't remember what is called off hand, but my pushing time was 5 min and that part was the worst pain I had ever gone through, but it was over quick and I walked out the hospital 12 hours later with my baby girl. Very healthy with only 1 stitch that I couldn't feel or see (lol).



Oh I remembered what the gel was called - DIANATAL GEL - google and try this out. Also remember to massage your perinium and stretch with your fingers if you can. As disgusting as it sounds to make the skin supple can REALLY help.



Hope this helps you feel confident!

JesseLee 1 child; Akron, Ohio 13 posts
Aug 11th '12

I don't have the option of a home birth so I'm attempting a natural birth in a hospital. I've got a great midwife but I'm nervous that I may have one or several battles during labor with doctors or nurses at the hospital that won't be supportive of a natural birth. Most of the replies here are from women who did home births but are there any who managed a natural birth in a hospital?

Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 11th '12
Quoting JesseLee:" I don't have the option of a home birth so I'm attempting a natural birth in a hospital. I've got a great ... [snip!] ... birth. Most of the replies here are from women who did home births but are there any who managed a natural birth in a hospital?"



I had a natural birth in hospital. I had a very strict birth plan that they had to adhere by. They offered me all types of stuff for pain which I refused. Drugs can cause problems some times, with a natural drug free birth is quick and easy as long as you understand the full process of birth and understand what your body needs to do and what you need to do at the different stages. Goodluck!

JesseLee 1 child; Akron, Ohio 13 posts
Aug 11th '12
Quoting Holliday1983:" I had a natural birth in hospital. I had a very strict birth plan that they had to adhere by. They ... [snip!] ... the full process of birth and understand what your body needs to do and what you need to do at the different stages. Goodluck!"

Thank you! I have a strict plan as well. I'm just hoping it won't mean battle after battle with doctors and nurses.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Nope, Az, United States 50865 posts
Aug 11th '12
Quoting JesseLee:" Thank you! I have a strict plan as well. I'm just hoping it won't mean battle after battle with doctors and nurses."


have it where the nurses are there minimally. The have a schedule to keep you don't.

Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 11th '12
Quoting JesseLee:" Thank you! I have a strict plan as well. I'm just hoping it won't mean battle after battle with doctors and nurses."


Try get you birth plan photocopied on A3 paper and stick it on the wall on your room as well as have copies to give to nurses and doctors. Try get hold of the DIANATAL GEL. This will minimize pushing time and by 30% or more! It will give you confidence and the more you understand the process and stages of birth, the more confident you are with breathing through contractions, the more doctors will understand that you know what you doing and respect you decision. Sometimes cerain medication (they say) speeds up the birth process, but remember - no drugs, contraction time speeds up, less need for intervention - end up with perfect natural birth!

Hippie ☮ Mommie 2 kids; Modesto, California 1393 posts
Aug 13th '12

had my little girl unassisted august 5th :)
http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2296179.html#51150657

JesseLee 1 child; Akron, Ohio 13 posts
Aug 20th '12
Quoting Holliday1983:" Try get you birth plan photocopied on A3 paper and stick it on the wall on your room as well as have ... [snip!] ... process, but remember - no drugs, contraction time speeds up, less need for intervention - end up with perfect natural birth!"

This has to be some of the BEST advice I've been given so far. Thank you so much! I'll definitely do the birth plan photocopies and look into the gel. :D

Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 20th '12
Quoting JesseLee:" This has to be some of the BEST advice I've been given so far. Thank you so much! I'll definitely do the birth plan photocopies and look into the gel. :D"


I am glad that my advice and experience has helped, really I am. You are better off with a natural birth... Just be confident as you go into it and have knowledge of the different stages (which will give you even more confidence). Goodluck and definitely please let me know how it goes! :)

My Brain On Drugs TTC since Sep 2013; 33 kids; Elephant Butte, New Mexico 15758 posts
Aug 20th '12
Quoting Holliday1983:" I am glad that my advice and experience has helped, really I am. You are better off with a natural ... [snip!] ... of the different stages (which will give you even more confidence). Goodluck and definitely please let me know how it goes! :)"



Can you tell us more about the dianatal gel? What's in it, and how does it reduce pushing time?!

Never even heard of it.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Nope, Az, United States 50865 posts
Aug 20th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting AllHeCanEat{EBFT}:</b>" Can you tell us more about the dianatal gel? What's in it, and how does it reduce pushing time?! Never even heard of it."</blockquote>




I don't think it's something available in the US. Sounds interesting though

No Girls Allowed Due September 16; 4 kids; Grosse Tete, LA, United States 71999 posts
Aug 20th '12

I had the best birth plan with #2 and just changed dates and such for #3. My computer crashed a few months back, now the file is gone and I can't find a hard copy anywhere. I forgot which site I used as my jumping off point when I wrote it, anyone have a good start for me?

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26911 posts
Aug 21st '12

Pregnant with #3, 2 drug free births behind me. I wish I could not worry about it but ugh. I know whats going to happen and I'm not looking forward to it.

Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 27th '12
Quoting AllHeCanEat{EBFT}:" Can you tell us more about the dianatal gel? What's in it, and how does it reduce pushing time?! Never even heard of it."


Dianatal

Holliday1983 2 kids; Midrand, South Africa 56 posts
Aug 27th '12

Keep in mind I used DIANATAL GEL and requested to be discharged from hospital ASAP after the birth as I don't like hospitals.



I was admitted at 19h00 on the 9th June 2012. Gave birth at 23h45 and was discharged on at 12h00 on the 10th June 2012.



I walk straight out the hospital with people in just staring. Even the sisters in the maternity ward couldn't believe it. I didn't even stay for lunch!