We had planned a natural birth at home with our first baby. Due to complications beyond our control, we did not get it. So instead, we are committed to always doing things as naturally as possible. :o)
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Yup. I was dead set on natural. I thought epidurals weren't for real women. I had my man, my doula, my midwives, I practiced my centering methods and everything. But 5 days into labor I was exhausted and out of my mind. It was only about the 20th time my midwife said "You're either getting an epidural now or when you pass out and get a c-section" that I asked for it. And even then I had to beg. It was so degrading. My partner and I even came up with a safety word for it- "popcorn". I was strapped to the hospital bed, hyperventilating, with the monitors on and crying "I safety worded! why won't you help? This is what you wanted"
It still makes me cry to think about it. They put me in that vulnerable position with all the crap they kept poking and proding at me with. Then they threatened me. Then they wouldn't give me one when I asked.
Next time we are doing this at home. I will never go back to the hospital. Midwives or not.
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