Natural child-birth or assisted child-birth?
I am 30 weeks pregnant..this is my second pregnancy…my son was born in Bangalore, India….natural birth with no complications. Then we moved here to US and I took up pre-natal classes just like I had done back in Bangalore. The only difference is that at my pre-natal classes here, I get more than just exercise…I get tons and tons of advise for free from my other pregnant-mommie-friends in class!
And there’s this one topic that comes up every time without fail – natural child-birth or assisted child-birth? which is better? we want to experience natural child-birth but would we be able to do it?
What really amazes me is how I missed the entire debate in my first pregnancy! While reading the book on child-birth back in Bangalore, I casually browsed over the epidurals section and flipped over it. When it was time, I went into labor and I had my mom and my husband with me….my contractions started around 12pm in the afternoon….hubby and I timed my contractions and did Lamaaz as I had practiced in my pre-natal classes… everything seemed to be going ok….soon my contractions started increasing and around 6:30pm they wheeled me into the labor and delivery room…I remember being so exhausted from pushing for more than an hour and then around 8:20pm, hubby and I welcomed our son into our arms 🙂
Between the two of us, we remember most of the details of our child-birth experience – when my contractions picked up in intensity, I was dozing off in-between them and simply unaware of anything around me….I always thought that the nurse had put in some pain-killers/sleep-inducers in the drip that she had attached to my hand…but it was only now, that I found out more and realized that the drip was only glucose to keep me hydrated and it was my own body’s endorphins (the naturally induced pain-killers) that had kicked in to allow me to go through the labor pains… and ofcourse, my mom’s hands worked magic as she gently massaged my lower back through out those 6 hours.
When I was in the delivery room, I was fully aware and was doing my best to push the baby out….this was most exhausting as I was tired and wasn’t pushing in the right way. Well, anyway, the docs and nurses were amazing and they assisted me by putting “fundal pressure” – pushing the top part of the belly to get the baby out as mom pushes during the contractions… this is the part I remember really well because at this point, I looked across the room at my husband who had the most horrified look on his face. That’s when I knew that the baby was coming out (and my husband nearly passed out!).
Well, the first delivery went ok without any pain-killers but with my second one, I am tempted to try the pain-killers… wonder if anybody has tried epidurals/pain-killers and how was the experience?
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