When did you realize you were really in labor?
My water broke at 4:30 AM and contractions started about an hour later.
What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I went back to the hospital a second time and even my doula was convinced I was getting ready to push but when I was checked I was only 6cm. I wanted to give up and get an epidural. My doula was great at distracting me and by the time I asked for it I was 9cm. I had back labor as well so having no relief was pretty tough.
What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?
Prenatal yoga, Mama Natural Birth Course! Deep breathing and constantly keeping my hips moving was invaluable. I really believe it progressed things alone and kept me in control.
My doula was necessary as well. She truly kept me calm and distracted enough to make the time pass and get me through transition.
What surprised you about your birth?
Pushing was the most surprising for me. The overwhelming feeling that came over me truly felt primal.
Learning about transition and how I may react during this time was very helpful.
What pain relief strategies worked best?
Breathe, the shower and moving my hips continuously as long as possible.
What position did you end up delivering in?
on my back. I initially thought I wanted to be on all fours but I was so exhausted I nodding mind being on my back at all.
How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?
Shock! I couldn’t believe labor was over and I was so relieved. I was so taken back by the fact that this little angel had been inside me only moments before.
How did the Mama Natural Birth Class help you in your childbirth?
Learning about transition and how I may react during this time was very helpful. I also loved the birth palm template and so did my nurses and doctor.