The Birth Experience from Medicated to Natural Birth
When I was delivering my first child, I went into labor believing that I would take advantage of all the medicines and epidurals possible. I took the classes for breathing etc but felt that if I needed to depend on medication for discomfort, it was perfectly ok.
My labor lasted for over 24 hours. At first it was fine and I was as calm as could be. As time went on, however, I became more and more tired and uncomfortable so I began to ask for pain relief. That was also ok until I started to go into transition then the pain became very acute and I don't think I was really ready for it.
I asked for an epidural but it didn't take and I had no pain relief. They tried to give me another epidural but it only worked to completely numb my left leg. So, I was left to my own devices and I really didn't know what to do...I really started to freak out. I wasn't ready for this-I was in a world renowned medical facility and no one had prepared me for this.
As I lay writhing and crying the nurse told me sternly that I better get a hold of myself and concentrate on having this baby. To make a long story short I did and gave birth to the most magnificent baby girl in the world.
After a few hours the numbness in my leg finally went away and all was well.
But, knowing I wanted more children, and never wanting to have that kind of experience again, when I next became pregnant, I heard about and began to study visualization and relaxation. I never wanted to be in a situation where I felt so out of control and scared.
The long and short of it is that I now have 5 incredible children who I could never live without and are a constant source of joy, literally from before they were born.
Visualization and relaxation techniques provided me with the gift of really enjoying my childbirth experiences incredibly. I had never been into new age approaches to things before in any way. I don't know what made me try it, but through each subsequent pregnancy I became a little better each time till I was finally able to self hypnotize myself (I never thought that would happen!).
I've now taught what I know and what I've learned to others who have heard about my experiences through the grapevine. I would not have changed one second of any of my experiences with childbirth and would highly recommend learning some of the techniques if possible. If I can do it, anyone can and you feel more in control and by relaxing, actually reduce the amount of pain and have an easier birth.
Page Last Modified by Catherine Beier, MS, CBE
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