Birth Stories

Listening To Birth Affirmations, Having Her Doula And Yoga Breathing Helped Melissa During Her Hospital Birth

  • 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.

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  • 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!