Birth Stories

Saying "I can do anything for 1 minute" Helped Laura During Her Hospital Birth

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    I had prodromal labor for 2 days leading up to the real deal so I wasn't positive I was in labor until the contractions intensified and I lost my mucus plug around 5pm.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    The pain of pushing him out. Everything I read said that it's a relief to get to the pushing phase but that was the most painful for me. No one talks about how painful it is on your rectum! I thought he was coming out of the wrong hole!

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  • What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?

    I read a ton of birth stories and positive affirmations. The one that worked best for me was "I can do anything for 1 minute" and then I would get through that contraction and focus on the next.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    That I actually did it naturally. This was my 4th baby but the first time I delivered without an epidural. Also, the intensity of transition and the back to back contractions.

  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    I labored in a birthing tub which took a lot of weight off of my belly. Also, deep and slow breaths.

  • How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?

    Such a relief! When i held him it was all so wotth it.

  • What did you name your baby, and why?

    Brandon William. We like the name Brandon and William after my grandfather.

  • What advice can you give to other mamas who want to go natural?

    Set your mind to it, read and read some more, find a positive midwife because that was game changing for me. If it wasn't for her i would have caved and got an epidural.

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