Awhile back I made up my Bucket List (oddly I've been revisiting this list a lot lately to see what kind of goals I can complete. Is this because I have recently turned 30 and somehow feel like life is so short??) So on my list was to give birth naturally. This will 99.9% be my last delivery (unless some miracle should happen!), and I am kind of feeling like this is my last chance to
A couple years back I read Dooce's birth story (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and was totally inspired to try a natural childbirth. Actually, I think she was the reason I added it to my Bucket List, that's how inspired I was!
My mom texted me a few months ago and had been reading my Bucket List and said "I noticed on your bucket lst..... give birth without drugs.... this is your chance!" And I was all "Hahahahahahah! No way. I enjoyed Hudson's birth too much! Hahahahahaha!"
And then last week I came across this blog and read her birth story and thought... maybe I should reconsider? Maybe I should try it? This IS my last chance....
I personally have nothing against getting an epidural. Like I said, both of my deliveries were fine, though Hudson's so much easier (P came out sunny side up and I pushed for 2.5 hours so.... I was pretty exhausted after delivering him). Hudson... I had him in 2 pushes and sat up and was all "I could do that again!" I don't remember feeling terrible after delivery, or anything like that. I don't regret the epidural at all. I think I'm mostly looking at trying natural childbirth just to... I dunno... see if I could do it? WTF. HAHA! Its just... I always hear people knocking inductions- saying labor is harder, worse etc... blah blah. But I was induced both times and would gladly beg for another induction this time. I didn't feel like my labors were terrible at all. So, when people typically say its "easier" after a natural delivery I kind of silently think "uhh huh..." because I really don't have memories of horror after two induced epidural deliveries.
I'd love to hear your thoughts... advice... websites... links.... stories... share away! Have any of you readers attempted a natural childbirth after an epi childbirth? Which did you prefer? Did you cave in and end up with an epidural?