When did you realize you were really in labor?
I ended up being induced. So this was a difficult realization for me to come to and accept. I was started with Cytotech and continued to labor on my own unaugmented for almost 24 hours until a "hit of pit" got me to the end.
What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
People asking if I was crazy and vocalizing their thoughts that I couldn't do it. Also, the cervical checks wee the most uncomfortable part for me.
What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?
Listened to birth affirmations, hired and got to know my doula, practiced yoga breathing
What surprised you about your birth?
I had to wait to push (still had a small amount of dilating to do) and I was shocked at how my body was taking over and pushing for me. I've never done so many horse lips!! It took a tremendous amount of self control not to let my body just take over and push my baby out before everything was quite ready.
Gave me the confidence to go natural and when things didn't go to plan, I felt capable of handling changes and assessing my options
What pain relief strategies worked best?
Baths, walking, counter pressure, focused breathing, movement
What position did you end up delivering in?
On my back in the stirrups. Not what I imagined but I'd been laying on my side for almost an hour trying not to push. I was exhausted and just following the lead of the nurses.
How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?
Overwhelming. I was shaking and in shock that she was finally here. I had a hard time keeping a hold of her I was shaking so bad.
How did the Mama Natural Birth Class help you in your childbirth?
Gave me the confidence to go natural and when things didn't go to plan, I felt capable of handling changes and assessing my options. When I first was told I needed to be induced, I was scared my natural experience was out the window. But I was able to make informed decisions and advocate for myself thanks to what I learned in the Mama Natural course!