What will you do differently?

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Fri, 09-18-2009 - 5:26pm
I guess responding to Mari's post about labor got me thinking about my birth story, and what my expectations are for my next baby. It's interesting, because while I still hold some of the same principles I did before having James, I think my expectations have changed a lot.

So I guess my questions is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?


What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?


Did you have any ideas about labor/delivery that have changed?


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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 10:55pm

So I guess my questions is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?


Well, I'm pretty sure that I give... I will probably just schedule the c-section, and get the epidural right off the bat. Talk about different.




What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?


I liked my first, almost unmedicated labor and delivery, but not the episiotomy. I absolutely

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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 10:29pm

So I guess my questions is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?

I will have a doula. I love DH, I love that he hates seeing me in pain, but comforting him while I am in the middle of labour and in pain does not put me in my happy place! Other then that though I was thrilled with my labour and delivery with Eloise.

What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?

I'd prefer another VBAC to another c-section, just because the recovery is so much easier!

Did you have any ideas about labor/delivery that have changed?

Not really, I wouldn't mind trying a Bradley class next time, but I will admit I do quite enjoy my epidurals while they are working!











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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 1:09am

So I guess my question is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?

I don't know - my first one was so quick and rushed that I didn't really have any options. I would like my husband to be more prepared as he had no clue how to help me or what to do!

What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?

I ended up with a midwife-in-training on the actual day of the event. I was kind of upset bc I'd only met her twice and it was the reason I switched to a midwife! But in the end, the OB at the emerg ended up delivering him. He was absolutely fantastic thankfully :)

Did you have any ideas about labor/delivery that have changed?

As above, I was quite shocked that things went so quickly. I expected things to progress slowly. I had less than 5 hours of labour and only 15 mins of hard labour.


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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 10:16pm

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 2:47pm

So I guess my questions is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?


Even after 4 births, after everytime I'm like "I should know that things NEVER go as expected" and things can just totally catch you off guard. I'll post more in the birth stories thread. lol instead of repeating a lot of it!


What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?


I actually quite liked all my experiences. They were all different and thankfully, no major complications.


Did you have any ideas about labor/delivery that have changed?


Yes, each time I was armed with more experience and knowledge. I have experience 4 very different situations.



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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 8:21am

Noel,


I think having a separate thread for birth stories is a great idea! I'm addicting to reading them!! :-P

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 7:32am

So I guess my questions is, what will you do differently in your next labor and delivery?

I will not be getting an induction unless the baby's health or my health is in danger. Rylan was not ready to come out and came out with a respiratory disorder usually only seen in preemies even though he was full-term. That started a week-long NICU stay, which precipitated a bunch of expensive and painful tests which have all come up normal so far.

The rest of it went fine. I like the epidural, hehe :). I guess I'll just be asking for NSTs if I go past my DD again.

What did you like/dislike about your first (earlier) experiences, and how do you want it to be different?

I didn't like the induction and all of the wires attached to me because of it. I wanted to walk around more, but pretty much could just march in place next to my bed.

Did you have any ideas about labor/delivery that have changed?

Before I really seriously thought about an unmedicated birth, but the epidural really let me rest up for pushing, so I think I'll just go for it without guilt this time.

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 4:13am
I LOVED my birth. I had an un granola, preeclamptic, scheduled induction (gel, pills, and pitocin) drugged up birth and it was awesome! I didn't feel a thing. I will be induced and have an epidural next time as well.




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Fri, 09-18-2009 - 11:32pm
This is such a great topic. I tend to run on & on when I talk about birth, though! LOL! I wrote up all three of my kids' birth stories for another board, complete with what I leanred to & not to do. I'm going to start a birth story thred & put them in there. I'd love to hear all of your birth stories as well as future ones!
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Fri, 09-18-2009 - 9:57pm
I think I was really lucky in that things progressed really well for me. From the time my water broke, to when Elena came out, was 26 hours, but only about 6-7 hours of that was really painful, hard labour, and I dilated pretty quickly. They say your second labour is usually quicker and easier - LOL - so maybe next time (if there is a next time) I wouldn't bother with the laughing gas. But who knows... we all know how unpredictable labour and birth can be.

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