Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting- Dana's Birth Story
June 18, 2018
Having a natural (read: unmedicated) birth in the hospital setting is a goal for many moms. It is often greeted with a lot of skepticism. Dana came to us this spring with this goal in mind. No stranger to the hospital setting and with a family member as an OB she did her research, took her classes and brought us on board to make it happen. This is her story. Check out her video and if you are interested in a natural birth, be sure to check out our FREE Class August 20th!
I knew from the second I got pregnant that I wanted an all natural, unmedicated birth. From my past experiences with surgeries (there have been 9 since 2008), medication and my body don’t go well together. In fact, drugs tend to never work and I always have adverse reactions to them. So an epidural was not in my birth plan. While many warned me about the pain of natural childbirth, I knew deep down that my body could withstand it. Mind over matter right? I spoke with friends who had gone all natural, I read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and I hired a doula. The more I researched and spoke with Brittany (my doula) of Frederick Moms and Doulas, the more empowered I felt that this was something I could do. So are you ready for the birth story? Here we go…
At my 36 week appointment I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced. I thought this was definitely a sign that I was going to go into labor early. I laugh at this thought now. At my 37 week appointment, there was no change. Still no change at my 38 week appointment. I had been having a lot of cramping during this week and some contractions here and there but nothing was progressing and I was getting super discouraged. If you know me, you know I am a planner. I want to know when things are going to happen and how everything is going to go down. This made the end of pregnancy really hard for me. It was a true test of patience and I had a lot more patience to be tested.