- Induction started by breaking the membranes
- Labor started then got flustered and accepted an epidural
- Nurse asked her “Do you want your epidural?”
- Had a vacuum extraction
- Had never met the doctor who delivered her baby
- Had a lot of tearing but did not get an anesthesia
- A woman is taught that “as long as your baby is healthy it’s worth it.”
- Second birth was a planned epidural
- Anesthesiologist kept hitting a nerve and told her to stop moving
- Went numb from the neck down for awhile
- Pushed in a “funny way” because of the epidural
- Was on crutches for a week after birth
- Had back pain for six months after the birth
- Those experiences were 75% of the reason she pursued a natural childbirth with her third child.
- Met her doula at a baby fair and she encouraged Sherri to find a midwife that had her same goals
- Midwife and OBGYN stayed with her through her entire labor (12 hours).
- Doula was present to assist as well.
- Why do women accept that a medicated birth is a good birth?
- “I trust my doctors and I’m not strong enough to do this.” – That’s what she thought during her first birth.
- Doulas provide an experienced and trusted opinion.
- Found a lot of solace in prayer during her birth experience.
- Women were doing it for thousands of years and then men got involved.
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
- Should you clamp the umbilical cord right after birth
- Laura Stove Herm – “There is a secret in our culture not that birth is painful but that birth is strong.”
- Read Sherri’s comments on my blog post that she references in the conversation –
- The Birth Book – Dr. Sears – How a woman gives birth is related for better or for worse…”