Birth Stories

Having Her Husband As Support And Reviewing The Techniques And Stages Of Labor Helped Erika During Her Hospital Birth

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    I was in denial ALL day about being in labor. My contractions really became consistent after a couple of months of lots of pain and discomfort around 9:30 am. At 1 pm we went to the midwives office to see if I was leaking fluid. I wasn’t, but she checked me and I was 5-6 centimeters. It was game time!

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    The most challenging thing was I arrived at the hospital in VERY active labor. So getting settled and checked in while Breathing through contractions was difficult to stay calm and focused. I was also group B strep positive so I was very nervous about not getting the antibiotics in time so that added a little more stress on to the natural pains of labor.

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

    My first born’s Labor and delivery was magical. So I knew that I could accomplish another natural birth. We also did Bradley method classes my first pregnancy so I reviewed all of those techniques and stages of labor so I felt even more prepared.

    My husband was an amazing coach and just knew what I needed and listened to any and every request I had. That support was EVERYTHING.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    It was much faster than my first, especially since I didn’t arrive at the hospital till I was dilated so far along. I only pushed for 30 minutes also which was a really nice surprise. It was a grand total of 10 hours. I loved all the skin to skin contact after birth and I was extremely surprised when my son latched on to nurse right away.

  • Whatever you decide to do share it with your support system, educate yourself, and know that everything will be OK no matter what happens.
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    Sitting in the tub was the best pain relief strategy. I also wanted to be fanned and cooled off during transition. I kept saying out loud to relax and made sure I did the best job I could to relax my jaw and all the tense muscles that come with those strong contractions.

  • What position did you end up delivering in?

    I delivered it laying down on my back. I felt like this was the best way I could stay relaxed and I was able to push effectively.

    My mom and mother-in-law were also such big help, especially during pushing. They helped me stay calm and focused.

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

    This whole pregnancy was very emotional and full of obstacles so holding my son made every worry, stressful moments, and pain disappear into complete bliss.

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

    Whatever you decide to do share it with your support system, educate yourself, and know that everything will be OK no matter what happens.