Topic Tuesday!

Natural Childbirth, Pain Managed Childbirth or C-Section?

Our Answers Here At IntelliGender:

“As soon as my doctor confirmed I was pregnant, I had him write in my patient folder with a hot pink marker in all capital letters, “(Patient Name) WANTS DRUGS!!”

“Do we have enough room for 4 labors? With my first, I went in to be induced the night before with the pill they place in your cervix. That was more painful than childbirth. I was then instructed to take a sleeping (crazy pill) and show up in the morning. I woke up at midnight and thought I had menstrual cramps. Totally confused, we called the hospital and told them I was cramping. They said not to worry and go back to sleep. We forgot to tell them we had been induced 6 hours before. I sat up all night then told my husband it must be time. He proceeded to make the bed, sandwiches, etc. By the time we got to the hospital, the anesthesiologist had to deliver my baby. While getting stitched up, I told hubby I could have 10 of these, and I meant it! With my 2nd, my OB fired me so I had to go on a wild search. After interviewing a dozen OB’s, I landed on one. It was down hill from there. He and I couldn’t agree on my due date. I of course knew exactly when I conceived! We were off by a day but when I asked him if his “wheel” took leap year into account, he decided he didn’t like me either. He made me go almost full term. He wanted to break my water but I refused. He said, “I will let you manage your labor to a degree but I am the doctor”. I said “that’s right and I hired you and I can fire you!”. In hindsight, not the right thing to say in your labor bed. Meanwhile, for some strange reason, the epidureal didn’t work and he claimed to not believe me. My 2nd son came into this earth with me kicking and screaming, and he has been doing the same ever since! The other two deliveries pale in comparison so I won’t even elaborate. :-)”

“My twins were 10 weeks early. I did opt for the epidural early on as my contractions were very intense, but was able to have a successful delivery; no c-section. At 6 cm. I couldn’t stand the pain with my 3rd child, so I opted for the epidural again. He was born happy and healthy; again no c-section.”

“I went natural with all 3. The first 2 went super fast 3 hours and 1 hour. By the time it started really hurting it was too late for an epidural. My 3rd daughter was a little slower since they induced me. If I would have known that it was going to take longer I would have had one for sure!”

Now it’s your turn, mom! Leave a comment and let us know how labor and delivery was for you. Isn’t it amazing how EVERYONE has a completely different birth story?