I tried to go natural

My water broke several hours before my contractions started so they insisted on putting me on potisin(I have no idea how to spell it). Because of that I was hooked to an IV and monitors, which I had wanted to avoid. I did have pain killers, but no epidural. The pain killers didn't do much for the pain but they at least let me get some sleep. The part that drove me crazy was that I was asked at least six times by numerous people if I wanted an epidural, when I stated from the beginning that I didn't and would let them know if I changed my mind. I'm looking for ways to have my next child with less interventions.

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    I thought when I was pregnant that I would be the type of woman that would go natural.. there is this unspoken "awww" of a mom that goes natural... like in some way they're stronger or better or love their kids more.. no one will say it out loud... But I was the first to say.. as soon as those contractions came hard and fast... NO F'ING WAY... it wasn't that I couldn't handle the pain.. I mean.. it was awful but I was IN it you know.. it's that in order for me to handle it, I had to go to a place in my mind and block out what was going on around me to really focus and get through it and to be honest.. I was MISSING my kids birth .. I wasn't able to talk much, my husband at the time was just noise and the nurses were just there... I wasn't PRESENT.. I wanted to really experience the whole thing...
    Once I got the epidural.. I was able to walk to my husband and joke with the nurses and talk to my sister on the phone.. I was able to look around and make eye contact, acknowledge the time, the room, the sounds... I was excited and happy and having a baby... Once the pushing happens... of course they turn the epidural way down and it hurt like you know what, but I was in the moment.. I was THERE... where as before, my eyes were closed and I was just focusing on getting passed it... I remember everything now.. the moments with their dad, the doctor, ... maybe that was just for me.. but taking that amount of pain way down for me, made me a better mom.. a better woman in that moment and I actually enjoyed (most of) the whole 16 hours...
      8Theresa Gould
      I had pain killers and an epidural with my first and decided never again and I never did.

      For me it was mindset and learning more about what my body was doing during the contractions. I still had pain but I managed it through breathing, whistling (yes for some reason a little whistling got my mind focused just so that it got me through the contractions at the end) and having a cold wash cloth to wipe over my face. I also learned I needed quiet and very few interruptions.
      About Stacy Koenen
      Current: Hales Corners, Wisconsin
      Birth: January 09
      On Moms.com since: Dec 18, 2013
      I had my first child in April 2013, just before our one year anniversary. Riley has been an absolute joy and I love every minute of being mom. But I am the first among my friends to have a child, so there isn't always an easy place to go for advice.