I have planned on having a natural birth from the beginning and now that I am 24weeks along and have seen documentaries and read of the benefits of natural birth I want to do it even more.
I have watched documentaries that point out all the things they do in hospitals, like inducing and other drugs used during labor and the side effects. These documentaries have also stated that [in 2005 when the video was made] the percentage of C-Sections in America is 30%, when it is recommended to be under 15%. Then I watched another documentary where that percentage had risen to 45%.
There was a woman who had been told she needed a c-section because her babies head was too big [a baby's skull is designed to go through the birthing canal].. She fired that doctor and then went to another one who said it's perfectly fine to have a natural vaginal birth and that she did, with out compications. Come to find out, the first doctor had scheduled her c-section ONE DAY before his VACATION...hmm pretty sketchy.
These c-sections and the way women labor in hospitals [on your back, ect] seem to be more for the convinence of the doctor. I mean the midwifes that were interviewed [and the statistics from widwifes] had shown such a lower rate of needing c-sections or having any major problems. I wish widwifes were more commen in America [like other places around the world]
I don't know, I just hope that since I live on an Air Force base with my husband and can't have a Home birth, that the hospital doesn't try to make things "un-natural". I mean even if I am a week "late" I don't need induced. The "due date" is an estimate anyways. I just really want to avoid drugs and do what's best for my baby. I also wish there were birthing tubs, but I highly doubt it. Ugh, it's kind of agrivating. My husband [after watching the documentaries] was like, you can get a midwife if you want.. And I was like it's a little late for that, plus he was saying "have a midwife, but still give birth in the hospital" ?? lol. He's a goof.
I know that once I am in the process of birth I am going to be probably wanting the pain meds, but I am going to try my hardest not to give into that.. I also don't want the meds because I want to experience this to it's fullest. I know I wont get a trophy for doing birth naturally.. But I will get the personal reward of actually going through with it.
I am sure everything will be fine, I just need to start talking to my doctor about where she stands and how she feels about births. I am not sure if 25weeks [I have a doctors appt next week] is too early to talk about it, but I'd love to know how she feels, and let her know how I feel about birth.