What can I do to ensure a drug-free and natural childbirth?

I am worried that if they give me an IV they will start giving me drugs to induce the labor faster, just so they can get home quicker. Then one drug will lead to another. In addition I would like to have the baby in an upright positon rather then on a table. I would rather have gravity help me have this chile. I would love to have a home birth but cannot afford it. I just wonder if the doctors would work with me, or just try to do things there way.

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Zoeybug

Asked by Zoeybug at 5:13 PM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • And keep this in mind, if you try for an all natural birth and end up needing pain meds or other interventions or you don't get to give birth in just the way you want - does it really matter? Are you are failure? Isn't the goal to go home with a brand new baby? We aren't men - we don't need to prove how big our balls our, how much pain we can stand, or that we are "just as good as our fore-mothers". We have more commone sense than that. Try for the birth you want - but don't dwell on it if life throws you a curve ball.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:27 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I'd suggest writing up a birth plan (search Google for ideas on how to lay it out), and then present it to your Doctor in advance and talk about what you're wanting when having your baby. Good Luck!
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 5:17 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • You could totally afford a home birth, just don't go to the hospital!

    I guess you can tell your OB that you don't want any of that stuff, but I doubt they will let you go without an IV because you aren't allowed to eat or drink once you get to the hospital (that's in case you need emergency surgery, they are looking out for you). If you don't want drugs or epidural, just tell them. Sometimes though you might need help, don't know if this is #1 for you or not, but labor freakin hurts and I needed epidural.

    The dr's will work with you if you picked a dr that goes along with your needs, and if you communicate with them.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 5:17 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • You could look into a birthing center or a natural birthing center. I went to a natural birthing center and I did not have to have an IV or saline port. They let me labor in any position I wanted. It was pleasant. I really enjoyed my birthing experience.
    TeaAndrews

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 5:20 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • Do you have insurance? You could look into your options for where you can deliver. Some birthing centers are *very* Mom friendly -- water deliveries, swings, etc. Have you checked whats in your area and what your insurance will cover? I had an epidural, and I didn't feel like they were rushing me or loading me with drugs. It's normal to be concerned though - explore all your options! If you want a natural birth see if you can find a center that is more open to it. Good luck!
    Serafyna

    Answer by Serafyna at 5:21 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • You need to discuss this with your doctor. If he is not willing to do a "sitting up" birth and you really want that, you may need to find a different doctor.
    As for the medical interventions - they can't give you anything you don't agree to. Discuss this with your doctor too.
    You need to decide ahead of time at what point you will allow medical interventions - if the baby's heart rate crashes, do you still want to go for a natural birth or are you willing to allow a c-section? The same if something goes wrong with you. If you want NO interventions at all, under any circumstances, then you need to check into your state's living will laws and have one prepared and given to your doctor before hand.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:27 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I have medicad, and I live a couple of hours from birthing center, in addition I can't really afford much to begin with.
    Zoeybug

    Answer by Zoeybug at 5:27 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I am the same way and have decided on using a certiifed nurse midwife who works in conjunction with a group of OB's. I have been assured that the midwife will deliver the baby, unless there is some kind of emergency. You can check to see if your hospital offers that. I didn't know one close to my house did until I talked to a midwife who only does hom births and she referred me. My insurance covers the midwife and an Ob.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I think Medicaid allows midwives, you should really check into that.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 5:32 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • I just want to try and have my baby as natural as possible, I understand that if something goes wrong that the doctor may have to do a c-section or other interventions to help the baby. I just feel that natural is just right for my baby and I. I am not trying to prove that I am stronger that anyone else, my older sister ended up with c-sections for both of her children and is a great mother. I just want to try and have a natural birth with too much interference from medical doctors.
    Zoeybug

    Answer by Zoeybug at 5:33 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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