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Thinking about upright birth but want experience stories?

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3 years ago
I am currently 31 weeks and have been thinking about a sitting upright birth with my partner sitting behind me for support and so I can lean on him during contractions and so on. I think it would make for an intimate moment for us. I dont want to do a birthing stool, I still plan on being in a bed so that if its not working for me I can easily switch to other positions. I would like to read experience stories from women that have given birth this way and their likes/dislikes about the position. Thank you!

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3 years ago
With my daughter I gave birth lying down but sat upright for much of my labor. It was comfortable, but I enjoyed sitting in a warm bath much more! I had an epidural with my son (which I will not do again, it was horrible for me) and because the epidural line was inserted between my two rotated vertebrae I was forced to lie on my left side the entire time. I'll be having a medication free delivery this time so I anticipate walking, being in a bath if possible, and switching positions a lot.
3 years ago
Yeah the hospital I will be at has jacuzi tubs in their labor rooms so I will definitely be taking advantage of that. I have not yet decided if I want an epidural or not, not sure I have the will-power to go natural. Thank you so much for your input, I have been reading about the position but have still not come to a decision.
3 years ago
Yeah the hospital I will be at has jacuzi tubs in their labor rooms so I will definitely be taking advantage of that. I have not yet decided if I want an epidural or not, not sure I have the will-power to go natural. Thank you so much for your input, I have been reading about the position but have still not come to a decision.
3 years ago
I was upright for most of my labor except for the last bit of pushing. I will say I felt very weak and I do not think I could of stood up through it all. I sat on a ball and the toilet and in the tub but only used the bed to be checked in the beginning and right before pushing. Then the final pushes. I pulled my son up on my belly. The midwife told me to reach down and grab my baby. That was really cool. I was having a hard time bring me legs up because they felt weak and like jelly. I had no meds for either birth.
3 years ago
My epidural was awful because I haf two rotated vertebrae. Most of the time they don't cause me any pain, so it's not something I think about. My anesthesiologist didn't ask if I had any back problems and I forgot to mention it. He couldn't get the epi line in above them and instead inserted it between them. Because the vertebae don't flex like normal ones and instead shear on each other side to side, I had to spend the entire day lying on my left side. Any other position pinched the line.As if that wasn't bad enough, once my doctor broke my water I had incredibly painful contractions. After most of the day without feeling the pain was so excruciating I could barely breathe and was bawling. Of course, it happend during the time when the anesthesiologists were changing shifts, so it took an extra long time for them to decide whether or not to up my pain meds.When I had my daughter I spent all but 10 minutes of my labor with only IV pain meds, which only take the edge off the contractions. I felt them all and they were tolerable. Just before I pushed I got a spinal block shot so I didn't feel anything when I pushed. For some reason that's not an option in most places, which is not a bummer for me, it gave me a massive migraine that lasted almost 2 days.So this time I'm only doing IV pain meds, if I do anything at all. I got so close to being completely natural my first time around that I'm going for it this time. I won't have another epidural because not only was it painful and terrifying (having it put in is bizarre, my legs jerked uncontrollably, it was painful enough that I cried) I'm positive it increased the length of my labor. (My first was 3 hours, my second was 18) I know epidurals are great for some women but I'm just not one of them. Plus, I have a high tolerance for pain, so I'm actually looking forward to a natural birth. I figure I might as well try it once.

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