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    Default Terrified of birth & being made to leave hospital before I'm ready!

    I hated staying in hospital, I couldn't sleep as my bubs would not sleep unless they were on me and you can't sleep like that on a hospital bed- they are too narrow with a hard floor below and the plastic bassinettes don't allow you to touch bub if you are lying down. They don't have enough food and the having to log breast feeds and have my attachment checked every feed so I am worried about being made to stay in hospital, I am breaking my neck to leave! The best thing I did last pregnancy was inform and empower myself, read Ina May Gaskin, Birth Skills, any positive birth literature you can. Yoga and mindfulness and learning about your birth choices are great too.
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    Totally agree with excuse my French

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    @Natie Nat your description of birth being extremely painful couldn't be further from my experience. It didn't hurt that much. Honestly. I told DH a few hours after birth that Id love to go through it again the next minus the pregnancy I'm looking FORWARD to birthing again. At the moment I'm stuck in bed with the flu and that feels a lot worse than birth Birth is a good pain feeling, similar to the pain you'd get when exercising. You know you're doing a good thing if that makes sense. Also contractions only last a minute then you are totally pain free until the next one. So over all during labour you spend a lot more time pain free! Another thing to note is that once baby is out, you feel good as gold. All pain is gone and you are cuddling the most beautiful baby on earth. So keep an open mind. They are good beautiful experiences out there. The book birth skills is great. I recommend it too.

    Wow that's amazing to hear, it feels really good to read such positive things about birth I always imagined that it was extremely painful for everyone, this definitely gives me some hope! I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling sick at the moment! I hope you feel much better soon!

    Thanks for the book recommendation a couple of other posters have recomended that one too so I have got it on my list of books to download!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrifty Mama View Post
    I hated staying in hospital, I couldn't sleep as my bubs would not sleep unless they were on me and you can't sleep like that on a hospital bed- they are too narrow with a hard floor below and the plastic bassinettes don't allow you to touch bub if you are lying down. They don't have enough food and the having to log breast feeds and have my attachment checked every feed so I am worried about being made to stay in hospital, I am breaking my neck to leave! The best thing I did last pregnancy was inform and empower myself, read Ina May Gaskin, Birth Skills, any positive birth literature you can. Yoga and mindfulness and learning about your birth choices are great too.

    Thank you! It's funny quite a few people have said they couldn't wait to get out of the hospital and here's me worried about having to leave too soon, hopefully I will feel as confident as you and all this stressing will have been for nothing!


    I will definitely be reading birth skills, it must be a really great book as so many have recomended it! I will be doing all of the classes I can at the hospital but haven't booked in yet as I've been way too sick throughout my pregnancy so far I am hoping the sickness will pass soon so that I can do the classes and maybe even look into some yoga.

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    oh also I loved watching one born every minute (the Uk version) on SBS.

    it gives such a wide range of birthing stories. you can see that not one birthing experience is similar but you can also see that ladies approach it so differently.

    Some scream blue murder some barely let a peep out. It's fascinating. It helped me realized what "true" birth was as opposed to what we see in movies.

    It made me realize how much wait there is to be done!! It takes forever and there's a lot of sweet moments, quality chat with the husband etc

    In movies, the water broke, they rush to hospital, scream for 2 min and baby is out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    oh also I loved watching one born every minute (the Uk version) on SBS.

    it gives such a wide range of birthing stories. you can see that not one birthing experience is similar but you can also see that ladies approach it so differently.

    Some scream blue murder some barely let a peep out. It's fascinating. It helped me realized what "true" birth was as opposed to what we see in movies.

    It made me realize how much wait there is to be done!! It takes forever and there's a lot of sweet moments, quality chat with the husband etc

    In movies, the water broke, they rush to hospital, scream for 2 min and baby is out.
    I enjoy one born every minute too, I have found it helpful and informative to watch in the past although it doesn't seem to have been on for quite some time and I couldn't find it to watch online. I always end up in tears when the parents get to meet their baby, I really am looking forward to that amazing moment despite all of my fears!

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    Natie Nat, One Born Every Minute is currently showing on SBS really late at night / early in the morning two nights a week - I think it might be at about 3am on Tuesday and Friday or Saturday mornings? Have a look at a tv guide online, maybe you can record it to watch at a more sociable hour

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    Youtube have heaps of episodes of the UK one born every minute, I watched loads while pregnant. It gve me an idea of what I hoped my birth to be like (calm and collected).

    when it came to it, I had a very good birth. Yes, its painful, but I would call it more exhausting than painful. It's like running a marathon. Its true that in between contractions there is no pain, zero. And once the baby is out the pain is no more, at all. The purpose of it is your body contracting your uterus to push your baby down and out, so once the baby is out it stops immediately (believe me!).

    I had a very positive birth. I was also drug free and had 2nd degree tear requiring stitches. Honestly I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The feeling that you did that, you pushed out that baby is amazing. And once the baby is here, you are not thinking about what you just went through or how painful it was, you are staring into that tiny face and eyes that you have been waiting so so long to meet. You'll be having newborn cuddles, the first breastfeed, the first photos, and counting tiny fingers and toes and marvelling at what you have just achieved. Absolutely amazing, and so special.

    I sound so sappy but I'm trying to highlight how pain doesn't need to be the focus, and you may just be surprised at how well you handle it anyway. And if it comes to it, you can have pain medication to help if you want it. No need for fear! By the last month you'll probably be over it anyway and you won't care how that baby comes out, you just want it out (I was anyway haha!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Natie Nat, One Born Every Minute is currently showing on SBS really late at night / early in the morning two nights a week - I think it might be at about 3am on Tuesday and Friday or Saturday mornings? Have a look at a tv guide online, maybe you can record it to watch at a more sociable hour
    Or you can YouTube all the episodes too

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Natie Nat, One Born Every Minute is currently showing on SBS really late at night / early in the morning two nights a week - I think it might be at about 3am on Tuesday and Friday or Saturday mornings? Have a look at a tv guide online, maybe you can record it to watch at a more sociable hour
    Great thanks I'll have another look at the guide tomorrow and set the tbox to record! I must admit I never check the guide for shows in the middle of the night. Haha my DP's going to love you, he hates when I watch that show


 

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