This birthing experience was SO much better than my first! After getting a spinal migraine from my epidural with my first child, I was bed ridden for 3 days until I got an excrutiating painful blood patch. Needless to say, I was determined to make my second delivery a much more pleasant experience! So I sought out help from others and decided to take a Hypno Birthing class and hired a doula, Marinda to help keep my focus on the task at hand. I feel that I had great coping skills and birthed at home with the help of my doula, Marinda until I was about a 6-7 centimeters when I arrived at the hospital. This was when my doula helped me tremendously! I was having a hard time relieving the pain and staying focused, so my doula helped me get in different pain relieving positions and tried hard to help me stay focused. The last half hour I really wanted to give up, but Marinda (along with my very supportive husband) knew my desires and goals and helped to keep my mind on the end in sight.
I had a strong desire to push long before my body was actually ready to deliver and if it weren't for Marinda, I'm sure I would've pushed that baby out and ripped everything on the way! About 1 1/2 hour later, I gave birth to a beautiful girl!
I felt so great after this delivery! I was a little exhausted at first, but I had so much adrenaline that I recouped quickly and I was ready to go home that night! I have felt so much more energized and just overall feel better this time around because I went the natural route and I am so thankful for a supportive husband and doula for helping to give me that experience!
Dawn E. 9/9/09