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OnSugar Blog: My Natural Birth Story

Lots of moms like to think out loud, and Dr G is one of them. In her latest post to The Goodmans, she shares her birth story.

Every mom has a birth story; the story of how their child came into the world. Most of the time birth stories start with one of the following: "I had an epidural", "I went drug-free", "I had a scheduled c-section", "I had to be induced", etc. 

The birth story of my youngest son starts when I was 6 months pregnant and began training for his birth. Yes that’s right, training. I compare childbirth to a marathon. The way I see it, if you have a plan and train for a few months before a marathon, you will likely fare much better than the runner next to you at the starting line who woke up that morning and said ‘I am just going to run and see how it goes’. I hear that a lot when it comes to birth. Many women say "I’d like to go without an epidural, so I will see how it goes". While I applaud the intention, I now realize that there is a lot more to having an easy, comfortable, natural birth than just good intention.

To see the rest of baby Nathan's birth story, read more. A person's story starts before he or she is born. There's an amazing tale to be told of how each baby enters the world. Share your child's story in our Birth Stories group over in the LilSugar Community.

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I was one of those who went into the hospital with nothing but good intentions. My daughter's surgical birth was not easy, nor was it ideal, and it definitely wasn't free of complications--I just had a mass of incisional endometriosis removed yesterday! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful experience. Although my daughter's birth was scary (crash c-section, I was unconscious), she is now a healthy and happy three-year-old, and how she entered the world isn't as important to me now as how she explores that world. Every mind, every body, and every birth is different. I was in labor for 42 hours and begged for an epidural so I could sleep. Flamingogo was two weeks overdue (right about when the placenta starts to deteriorate) and in labor for 50 hours. I'm glad that medical interventions are available for cases like hers, and I wish I would have read this story three years ago. I might have made some different choices.
Flamingogo Flamingogo 6 years
I agree that you have to "train" for childbirth. However, I was almost two weeks overdue and was induced. I was in labor for 50 hours. Sometimes you can keep yourself healthy and active through your pregnancy but it still won't go as planned.
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