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Taking Childbirth Classes Helped Tawny During Her Natural Birth Center Birth

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    I noticed contractions starting at 4 a.m. on 11/15, but thought it was prodromal labor. It wasn't until the next morning at 5 a.m. when my water broke that I realized I was in labor.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    Getting through labor was very challenging. I had a cervical lip and had to do exercises to try to get my cervix to move forward. I believe this prolonged labor, which I was in for approximately 45 hours.

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

    I took two childbirth classes and I remembered one thing - breath in through the nose and keep noises low and deep.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    I'm not sure anything surprised me, but there were unexpected things that happened. I experienced ab cervical lip and a retained placenta that had to be removed at the hospital.

  • Find a team of people willing to support you. I needed so much support to get through it!
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    I used a tens unit. It helped a little.

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

    It felt so incredible and it was a huge relief.

  • What did you name your baby, and why?

    Ivan Joseph. Ivan means "God is gracious" and after 10 years of infertility, we were so very thankful to finally have a little boy. Joseph comes from my husband's middle name.

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

    Find a team of people willing to support you. I needed so much support to get through it!

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