Doulas? Yes or no?
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|Thu, 01-20-2011 - 1:12pm|
I replied to Roll Call post, but since that is a bit old I figured I would post my questions here, too, in case it wasn't seen. I only just rejoined iVillage today after almost 4 years away, and I haven't had much time to go look through posts to see what's been posted out there (and there is a new format to the posts that I am unfamiliar with).
First, about me. I am pregnant with my second child, due mid-April. My first pregnancy was a result of 2.5 years of TTC, with fertility treatments galore, ending with a successful IVF. Near the end of the pregnancy, a check-up ultrasound concerned the doctors, because they thought maybe the sutures in the skull were starting to fuse early. So the convinced me to be induced a week early (I REALLY wish I had stuck to my gut-feeling on that one), which I didn't really want to do, because I wanted things to be as natural as possible. I was induced in the morning, already at 2cm, and didn't take too long to get to 6cm, but then sat there for hours and hours. I was starting to lose energy and having spasms with each contraction, and back pain. They convinced me to have an epidural sometime late evening and I was too worn out to think clearly and want to object. I progressed after that point, but then my son's heart rate went up, and stayed up. After an hour of that, they tried to have me push, but then opted for a c-section...again, I was too tired and worn out and they made it seem like my only option. So I ended up with an induction, epidural, and c-section...completely destroying my strong wish to have a natural labor. I always wonder what would have happened if they had let me go into labor naturally, waiting another week or two.
Anyway, this time around, I again want things to be as natural as possible and have opted for VBAC. But obviously I am worried about how this esperience will turn out. It's a different OB practice and hospital, that do VBACs, but they mentioned that I would have to be monitored and so wouldn't have as much freedom as I was hoping...I wouldn't be able to roam the halls, get in the shower, etc. The one OB even made it sound like I might have to stick to the bed itself, if the monitor didn't stay in right, so sitting on a birthing ball might not even be an option. This all worries me, as I know that employing those methods of natural pain-management can delay the desire to want an epidural, and not having them available