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Q: Here is a great resource site for anyone interested in homebirth and natural birth(and a little rant

so here is a wonderful site that I have really come to enjoy. It's packed with info, as well as amazing birth stories!

I hope everyone else enjoys it as well!

I believe in the empowerment of women and the sacred nature of birth. I find it sad that more women are afraid of natural childbirth than they are of major surgery today, and I think that it is time to bring back our own personal power when it comes to childbirth and our bodies. We're not patients with a serious illness, we're women doing the most natural and sacred thing we can...bringing a new life into the world. Our intuitions are very powerful and I think that it is time to get back in touch with our sacred rite. This is a powerful and transformative time in a womans life.

â??The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labour.â??â?? Michael Rosenthal, OB/GYN

This question was asked May. 31, 2012 3:39pm
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Answered by Baby_Harris - Jun. 1, 2012 3:51pm
Wow I am so sorry for your loss. I dont know what I would have done if I had lost my dd. It was a close call with her being on life support for almost a week and the dr telling us that 98% of infants coming in with her condition dont make it. But she beat the odds making me feel that she is here for a reason. What made the whole delivery experience worse was my moms first baby was still born and she said my l+d was exactly like hers. And of course the fear hightened when my dd was born not breathing. To this day Im still unsure whether she even had a heartbeat. A womans intuition is very strong and over time we sometimes fear were wrong. We just have to remember 9 times out of 10 were right. I sometimes wish I could give birth out of the country lol.

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Answered by Chazzy - Jun. 1, 2012 7:29am
I think we have it lucky here in Australia. Horror stories are everywhere, though, I think you'd get them whether you had a home birth, a hospital birth, a birthing center birth, a natural delivery, suction or a c-section, an OB or a midwife. There's ALWAYS horror stories no matter the situation or who's attending the birth. Most babies in Australia are delivered by midwives and I can tell you, they're not all perfect. I wanted to speak my mind to a few that I had. I'm all for natural birth and hope to have a VBAC this time. I'll be going to my local hospital where I had my daughter and will tell the midwives what I hope for, but keep my mind open and do what's best for my baby.
Sorry for your loss and for those that have had traumatic experiences. No one should have to have a traumatic birth experience, but they are all too common. I think the message that needs to get across is that women DO have the power of their own bodies and their own birthing experience.

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Answered by bugsmomy - Jun. 1, 2012 3:20am
I've done two all natural hospital labors+ Delivery. I'm planning on doingan all natural hospital Labor & delivery. With #4 I will try and have a home birth.

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Answered by looney - Jun. 1, 2012 3:04am
I'm choosing a Birth Center. Although I'd prefer a homebirth, but the closest hospital is 45 minutes away, and that worries me if there were to be an emergency. The birth center is 8 minutes from the hospital, and it has the Aqua Doula Birth Pool already set up for me :) My "birth center" birth includes the stay, birth pool, midwife, OB on call *if needed*, a doula, prenatal care, well baby care, and natural birth classes. And I practice Elimination Communication, so I'm very excited to have that special bond with this baby too!

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Answered by MBrannen - Jun. 1, 2012 1:51am
they would on a regular induction. One thing led to the next and soon enough I was strapped to almost every piece of equipment they had including an epidural because the induction was too painful for me to handle. I ended up in the hospital for three extra days due to the 104 fever that I ended up with from all of the interventions and specifically the epidural. But of course they denied that that was what would make me sick. I also ended up with permanent damage in my right leg from the epidural. But had they trusted me and my intuition and had I trusted myself I'm certain that my baby would still be here. I learned alot from that pregnancy and birth about the model of care in our country and how important the mothers intuition truly is. This time I am doing things very differently and am a part of a great holistic birth community that is extremely supportive. There are all knds of women with all different back grounds, including women pushing for a VBAC. It's truly amazing

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Answered by MBrannen - Jun. 1, 2012 1:45am
I appreciate you sharing your story. Mine is somewhat similar but ends in the totally preventable death of my daughter at 38 weeks. Had I listened to my intuition and not the doctors I would probably still have my baby girl. I had been feeling sick for quite a few days and had been calling my doctor over and over, and was always written off. Finally on a saturday I was so sick and in so much pain that I called my doc to see if I should go in to L&D and was told that it was just a virus that other pregnant women had been getting and basically "take two asprin and call me in the morning" kind of thing. Well I knew that I should go but listened to the doctor. Eventually after hours of vomiting I called and told them that I was going in, but unfortunately it was too late and my little girl gave me one last kick as I pulled into the hospital. Once in L&D they told me the news and the docs began the induction and the multitude of interventions, using 4x's as much pitocin as

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Answered by Baby_Harris - Jun. 1, 2012 12:37am
rtain ppls voices. All I can say is drs do not have crystal balls and know how your child will turn out, and nvr let a dr pressure you to do anything you dont want when it comes to yourself or your children. Deep down you know whats best for you ams your child. I just know now that a midwife is the only option for me after a dr almost killed both me and my dd.

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Answered by Baby_Harris - Jun. 1, 2012 12:32am
Now while everyone is dealing with her and then their paperwork, I was given another dose of nubain to help while I deliver the after birth, but was left alone with my mother. 30 mins later I wake up with the worst cramps and was bleeding badly so my mother called for help. Turns out the afterbirth was stuck so making me hemorage. I was rushed off to surgery and when I wake up I get to see my dd just before she was flown to a hospital out of state for special care. She ended with brain swelling due to lack of oxygen and cold blanket therapy for 3 days. She then developed epilepsy, carebral palsy, and a cortical vision impairment. We stayed at the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks. During which time we were told she would need a feeding tube, and would probably be a vegetable. We were even given the option to terminate by removing the tube. We refused and now today, shes 22 months old and drinking from a bottle. She doesnt have many motor fuctions but can respond in her own way and recognizes ce

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Answered by Baby_Harris - Jun. 1, 2012 12:23am
The epidural numbed one leg but did nothing for the pain. I then asked for another dose and that numbed my other leg, but yet again nothing for my abdomen. I then received another dose and that still didnt do much. Eventually I wanted to push but the nurse kpt telling me I wasnt fully efaced so couldnt. They started patocin around 11 pm and then 2 1/2 hours later I started pushing. The dr preformed an epesiadimy and still used a vacuum to suction my dd out. By this point my dd wasnt breathing and it took them 15 mins to get her suctioned out ans intibated. Unfortunately she was intibated incorrectly so still went another 15 mins without oxygen.

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Answered by Baby_Harris - Jun. 1, 2012 12:18am
Im now pregnant my second time and hoping to have a natural birth this time. I was under the usual assumption that woman go to Obs and give birth in the hospital. I want to say now that my story may be familiar to some but Im not telling it to scare anyone. My ob was amazing but he wasnt the one to deliver my dd. I was in labor 22 hours and since the monitors werent picking up my contractions or a steady heartbeat I was put in bed. After about 12 hours I eventually couldnt take the back labor anymore and asked for pain meds. After 3 doses of nubain I then opted for an epidural.

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