My first birth was drug free (I did not consent to an IV), however was not intervention free and I ended up with a 4th degree tear and my baby had a broken clavicle, even though she was only 7lbs 12oz. and was in the favorable position. The environment was stressful and I was treated like I had no clue what I was doing, even though I was handling labor very well. The labor itself was textbook, and very easy to manage. The bottom line is that my doctor and nurses did not know how to work with a woman who was unmedicated.
My second birth was at home, and was 100% stress free. My only disappointment was that my labor was so fast I did not have time for a waterbirth. The labor itself was much more intense then my first, and I really felt it when I was going through transition. Very different from the first, but awesome! I love birth.
I would never plan a hospital birth unless it was a necessity.
at 2:01 AM on Oct. 21, 2010