Alot of women out there are pregnant with their first, second, third, or even beyond that. If you are pregnant with your first child, you might not know much about the manipulation of doctors and hospitals today to make you think you need medical intervention when you don't. I had a very traumatic first birth experience, wanting to have a natural childbirth I ended up on pitocin, followed by an epidural, followed by a section, and it all caused many problems! Well I'm doing things differently this time around! It's important to do your research instead of just telling yourself "I want to do this naturally." If you don't know what to look for, you'll end up being manipulated into doing it otherwise.
My research and speaking to friends led me to a very very informative documentary, and also a book, that I believe every woman who wants a natural childbirth in the hospital or otherwise, whether it be their first baby or beyond that.
The video is called "The business of being born" A documentary done by Ricki Lake. You can find it on Netflix, or I'm sure elsewhere if you don't have that. It tells you all about what doctors and hospitals try to do to you and why you should avoid these tactics.
Even better than the movie is a book called "Natural Hospital Birth: The best of both worlds" I will post the link at the bottom. You can buy it on Amazon for just under $12.00 or $10.00 if you have a kindle. It not only teaches you fantastic techniques about natural childbirth, but it goes into great detail about hospital manipulation, right down to the words you'll hear come out of a doctor or nurses mouth that are clear signs that what they are trying to do isn't medically necessary. It is a MUST read if you're planning natural childbirth in the hospital!
Please if you are just saying the words "I want a natural childbirth" don't stop there! See this video, read this book, because those words and thoughts aren't enough these days to gain control over your own birth experience!
I loved The Business of Being Born. Very enlightening documentary. Plus, I loved when Ricki gave birth. She was so elated and proud I couldn't help but feel good, too.
You couldn't have said it better. I would go farther and say ask your Dr early in pregnancy their views on c-sections, natural birth, pitocin, induction, epidurals. I know my Dr delivers a bunch of babies a month. I trusted him with my 1st delivery and am 100% comfortable with his medical advice with my 2nd. Get referrals for your Dr. Ask other mom's who have used him and you could even go visit the birthing center and ask a nurse or delivery attendant and they are the most honest.
Have your birth plan written out and/or rehearsed with your birthing partner. Everyone knows do not cut me for any reason unless 100% necessary and no matter how much medication they have given me, they better discuss it with my husband first (b/c he knows my wishes and can make sure they are followed).
EastTexasMommy made my point. Make sure your partner or whoever is with you in the delivery room, is 100% aware of what you want! It can be very hard to be the voice of reason and decision when you are in that much pain. A doula can be very helpful with that as well! I am due with my second November 7th, and I have a birth plan made up. I am well aware things don't always go as planned, but I have no intentions of letting anyone into the room who isn't completely clear on what I would ideally love to happen!