10 Things Your Labor Nurse Wants You to Know about Unmedicated Birth

hi guys my name is Elizabeth and I am a labor and delivery nurse and certified childbirth educator here with another video for you this is the third video so my first one was my unmedicated birth story I also have an epidural eyes birth story that I posted three years ago with my daughter and then I have pros and cons of an epidural and then this one is gonna be ten things that your labor nurse wants you to know about having a baby without an epidural so without further ado let's go ahead and get started first thing that your labor nurse wants you to know about having a baby without an epidural is that you can do it that's right you you right there you pregnant mama watching this you can have a baby without nepo dural your body was made to do this and you can totally do this I have this feel I did it I talked about it in my birth story this is kind of my general beliefs on epidurals is that anybody can have a baby without an epidural anybody obviously you have to be a pregnant woman but anybody can do it if a vaginal delivery is something that's going to be possible and for some people it's not for a myriad of reasons but if a vaginal delivery is something that is possible for you you can have a baby without an epidural you probably can't all do it gracefully I am NOT somebody who had a graceful unmedicated delivery but you can do it because this is how you a lot of things are parenting but back in caveman days what did we do they have babies without infant URLs so you can do it so that's number one you can do this okay you don't have to do it you don't have to want to do it but you can do this your body can do this you were made to do this the second thing that your labor nurse wants you to know is that education is so important clearly I love to educate I also love to talk which got pointed out in another video yes I love to educate and I love to talk and education about the birthing process and what goes into it is so so important for you to have before you go into labor it gives you a little bit more feeling of control over how you react to situations when you know what to expect so I'm a big fan of doing a birthing class obviously watching YouTube videos can be really helpful just making sure that you're getting your information from a really good source not like your great aunt Bertha who delivered fifty years ago using Twilight sleep because that's not going to be relevant anymore but listening to other people's birth stories not people who are trying to scare you but just listening to unmedicated birth stories doing your research reading your books there are a lot of classes that how people have fun medicated births or different methods the Bradley method hypno birthing I've seen great success with both of those methods just to kind of name a few but doing some sort of childbirth education particularly if you have one at your hospital that will include like a hospital tour and what to expect when you go to the hospital so when you go you know what to expect every hospital has a different policy as far as what their monitor is going to look like and it's just really kind of nice to know what to expect especially for your specific hospital or birth center or what what have you and that's obviously something that you can discuss with your doctor sometimes the doctors don't know the very specific ins and outs of the policy because they're not the ones in acting every like caveat of the policy during the shift like the nurse would and so that's why those birthing classes are typically taught by people who are either associated with the hospital or nurses themselves from the unit to kind of go over what to expect when you arrive for example at my hospital we do intermittent monitoring but when you first get there we like to get a strip of the baby on the actual electronic monitoring that prints out so that we can just make sure that baby is looking good and tolerating labor well and then after that as long as baby's tolerating everything well we can just listen with the Doppler some places will want you to do 20 minutes on the monitor 40 minutes off the monitor every hour and slit up like that and so if you kind of know what to expect going in you're not gonna be as thrown for a loop when they're trying to put you on the monitor you're like oh my gosh I didn't know I was gonna have a monitor I didn't know what was going on so that can be really helpful number four another reason why that birthing class is so important is because it's gonna help teach you when to go in to the hospital okay you don't want to go in obviously consult with your doctor and this is different you know based on your personal circumstance but when you're in that early phase of labor where things are you're having some contractions they're not regular they're a little uncomfortable not too crazy you know your water hasn't broken yet that kind of phase it's really nice to be able to stay at home and to kind of have the education to know and to not freak out that this is what's happening to your baby so if you stay at home longer you are less likely to have unnecessary interventions and which could result in a c-section or an epidural and obviously consult with your doctor you need to be able to trust your health care provider and perhaps if you have some other issues if your Group B Strep positive you might need to go in a little bit earlier but it's nice to do that early part of labor at home where you can eat and you can rest and then when you are needing a little bit more guidance you think you're going to close the baby going into the hospital with that whole whole part the nice thing about discussing things with your doctor too is often during the week if you want to go in and get your cervix checked in the office if you think you might be an early labor but you're not sure because you've never done this before you can go in and get your cervix checked which can be really nice for you to figure out where you are and maybe you're a little bit more dilated than you thought and it is time to head to hospital or maybe it's gonna be another couple of days and you know that without having to drag into the hospital try to figure that out there extended monitoring you know it gets a little defeated feeling when you're in and out of the hospital multiple times in that early labor phase and sometimes I can take a few days to really get things off the ground and often if you are in that promo kind of labor where like things are happy you know you're having contractions they're uncomfortable but they're not changing your cervix your body's trying to change the baby's position in some way because the baby isn't really hitting your cervix in the right way and so there are lots of different things that you can do at home to help the baby get to the very best position possible and even do them in the hospital as well but it's just I'm a big fan of the comfort of your own home your own bed your own germs yeah so staying home as as long as possible as long as it's recommended by your doctor and is safe for the situation is gonna be really helpful in helping you have an unmedicated delivery so kind of part of that that I touched on is when you stay home longer you're less likely to have unnecessary interventions so I think a lot of doctors are going much better at realizing that labor actually takes a lot longer than we initially thought there was some thought that you know active labor starts at four centimeters and then you should be dilating a centimeter every hour and now we know that active labor doesn't actually start till six centimeters and I think we're less about watching the clock than we used to be which is awesome and just letting moms bodies as long as mom and baby are happy and healthy and safe do their thing and what they were meant to do but with that being said sometimes there might be interventions that are proposed to you such as adding pitocin or breaking your water or something along those lines and sometimes those are helpful and necessary if your labor has truly stalled your cervix isn't changing but if your cervix is changing slowly you can always kind of defer those interventions definitely have that conversation about with your doctor about why are we doing this what is the purpose of this you know am I having issues with my safety is my baby having issues with their safety that we're trying to speed things along but in general they're going to give you the option like do you want me to break your water it'll make things go faster but breaking your water tends to make things more intense and if you're trying to have a baby without an epidural it's nice to have that little extra cushion and even if it takes a little bit longer it's a little bit less intense now at the end yes sometimes breaking the water way bam thank you ma'am have a baby but if we're in a little bit of that earlier phases of labor or if we are at the point where active labor is just beginning and it's your first baby sometimes those interventions bang things up a few notches and it gets to be overwhelming and it might be that you decide to have an epidural so holding off on those interventions and I have to reiterate I'm not telling you to like not trust your doctor but to ask your doctor you know why are we doing this is it okay if we wait is it okay if we're patient and and give my body a little bit more time I think can be really helpful in having an unmedicated delivery and I think a lot of doctors now are realizing okay this takes longer than we thought number six that kind of goes along with this and this is my own personal practice and again touch base with your doctor and see see how they practice things your doctor your midwife but for me personally what I'm taking care of a laboring woman I don't check their I'll check their cervix when they first come in and I always make sure you know you want to get permission to check somebody's cervix it's it's it's a sensitive place to be and so I'm always like is it okay if we check your cervix just to see how dilated we are we want to verify that the baby's head down but then after that I if you don't want an epidural I feel no need to check your cervix unless it's going to change something that we're doing right um so I would check your cervix if you were feeling like you needed to push if you were thinking about changing your mind on what kind of pain medication you wanted I would check your cervix as the baby was maybe having some decelerations or there was something weird going on and I wanted to assess where we were in the labor process the doctor might come in and do that and also just kind of see where we are in the labor process but if checking your cervix is not going to change how you are laboring sometimes it can be a little bit discouraging there is a reason to be checking your cervix like let's say we're getting a new so we're trying to see if the medication is working appropriately you can always ask that the doctor tells your support person what your cervix is or you can have them say you know yes we've made some change no we haven't made some change or yes it's time to push no it's not quite time to push yet instead of hearing those numbers because I think sometimes people get really caught up on those numbers and those numbers mean what is my cervix doing right now in a snapshot of time it's not probably going to get less dilated but it could get rapidly more dilated very quickly and sometimes our body gets a little bit ahead of our cervix and you come in and rip-roaring labor and you're like oh goodness oh my gosh and they check you in your for and you're like I'm only four well I can't do this for X number more hours I'm just gonna get an epidural where if we just kind of waited an hour we would be ready to have a baby so limiting vaginal sex and again discussing with your doctor if they want to check you you know why are we doing this and I think can be really helpful or not getting told the specific number just to kind of keep you in that mindset that head game another thing that is going to be really important when you are laboring without an epidural is that you are getting up and moving and changing positions there are tons of YouTube videos tons of different research about great positions for labor and I'm not gonna go into all of those now but just to be up and moving and changing position readjusting things squatting lunges walking all of those lovely things and you're not gonna want to be lying in the bed more than likely that is going to be like the number one most uncomfortable position now for whatever reason if you need to be on the monitor and sometimes you will if you are getting pitocin you will need to be on the monitor if you're high-risk you might need to be on the monitor for whatever reason being on the monitor does not mean at lying in the bed while your back being on the monitor often you will have my child often you will have telemetry monitoring which is where you get this like a little cool purse that you'll wear around the through monitors are plugged into and it'll communicate wirelessly with the monitor or if your hospital doesn't have that or for some reason it's not working because sometimes those tend to slide around if you've got one of those like perfectly round bellies you can still be standing next to the monitor sitting on the birthing ball next to the monitor your bed probably can do all sorts of crazy cool different positions to help you get in hands and knees squatting just lying on your back it might be the easiest way for you to be monitored and obviously sometimes it's really important that we see what that baby is doing and what your contractions are doing but the more you can be up in mobile and your nurse should be able to give you lots of ideas if you're stuck to the monitor and if you're not stuck to the monitor they should be able to give you lots of ideas based on what your cervix is doing what your labor is doing all those good things it can be very helpful so be up and moving up and moving up and moving and changing position quite frequently and changing what you're doing going along with that in the beginning parts in the early parts of labor we're trying to get things going what I tell people is I want you to do what makes it more calm more uncomfortable so if walking is making it more uncomfortable we're gonna do that then when we get into that depart of labour where you're really having to work through those contractions then what I want to do I want to do something that makes it more comfortable that makes them more tolerable and we're gonna do that until it doesn't work anymore we're gonna move on to the next thing on our list we're gonna go through the whole list and then we might go back up to the top but doing what makes them more comfortable until it doesn't work anymore doing what works and helps the contractions makes them more tolerable until it doesn't work anymore and then we kind of go from there and going along with that never making the decision to get an epidural while you are in the middle of a contraction so the nice thing about contractions when they are just totally brought on and spontaneous often you're gonna have one that's really intense one that's not so bad they're gonna vary a little bit and how far apart they are and so kind of get through the contraction do whatever you're doing to get through the contraction and then go back and evaluate okay I made it through that one I'm good never make the decision to quit on your worst day to quit on your wor second because with contractions we know that there you're gonna have a little break they're gonna get oh they're gonna go away and they're doing something you are gonna have a baby kind of going along with all of this I think it's really important to have a good supportive birth partner be that your spouse or significant other your mother some people really find success in hiring a doula and I have been asked my opinion on doulas and I personally love doulas I love working with a doula but not all doulas are created equally just like not all doctors are created equally and not all nurses are created equally and that's just kind of how it is we know that there are some that are great and some that are not so great so find anyone that you personally really click with who comes with good references and recommendations can be really helpful maybe one that's even working at your hospital before so that they know the policies and and what they need to be doing but yeah I'm a fan of doulas I think that they can be a really integral part of the unmedicated laboring process and even if you end up with an epidural a doula can be great I love postpartum doulas too I think the postpartum period does not get women do not get enough care during that our health system is a mess story for another day but yeah having a really good labor support person is gonna be key and it might just be that their presence is all you need you might be one of those people who Labor's kind of internally doesn't want anybody touching them or talking to them you might be one of those women who need somebody to talk you through it I have a whole video on tips for labor support people that I will link below but yeah it's really it's really good to have a support system and to give you support in whichever way you deem fit and you might not know exactly what that is until you go into labor but having somebody there who you trust and who kind of knows what's going to be going on because either they have educated themselves some with you ideally or is doula is really gonna be helpful tip is something that I kind of said to myself a lot when I was in labor and I think it's just having a much or something that you are gonna repeat to yourself over and over again that's going to get you through the contractions and there are a lot of different ones but mine that I really just repeated in my head is that your contractions could not be stronger than you they are you this is me this is my body working my contractions can't be stronger than me they are I mean my contractions can't be stronger than me they are me and I would just repeat that in my head as I was having the contraction as I was remembering to breathe and that really helped me stay in control because being in control of how you're reacting to what's happening to you is really really important and for every person control is going to look different for some people control might be that crazy low guttural moaning and moving their hips and go with it for control some people might be silent but being in control of how you're feeling and it's not about having control over what's going on it's just being in control of how you're reacting to it is going to be really helpful because once you lose that control and a lot of women do right during transition and it's totally fine but you want to kind of keep it up to that point if you're able to because once you lose that control it's really hard to get a wrap back on your emotions and back on being able to kind of deal with what's happening to you because what's happening to you is really in tents and once you lose that control it can be really difficult to stay relaxed and relaxation is gonna be key you'll probably die late either way but a relaxed cervix relaxed pelvic floor relaxed pelvic muscles I'm going to dilate much better than somebody who's tense been doing this so your mantra is going to help keep you in control hopefully help keep you relaxed and your support people will do that too and all of your education in your knowledge help keep you relaxed until that baby is here with us and then you're gonna look down and be like oh my gosh look what I did this is amazing because you are amazing so no matter if you choose to have an epidural or you choose to go unmedicated out in the woods somewhere you are amazing you grew another human being in your womb for nine – months and then you birth them and maybe your birth was a c-section and you know what you're amazing too you had major abdominal surgery you show that baby how much you loved it but having your body cut in two and the baby take it out and that's amazing I just I'm in awe of women basically and my point is is that no matter how you choose to have your baby no matter how your baby is brought into this world you are enough and you are a mother thank you guys so much for watching I hope you enjoyed my little epidural unmedicated delivery series leave comments questions concerns video ideas down below I'd also love to hear your birth stories if you want to share bye guys

44 Replies to “10 Things Your Labor Nurse Wants You to Know about Unmedicated Birth”

  1. I love this video 🥰😭 I will listen to it over and over to not let my fear control me and also people’s opinions get in my head. Thanks so much!!! My first birth i got the epidural becausehonestly i felt discouraged and pressure fron my midwife she was like “ooooh those contractionsmust be really painful, you should get epidural” and she ask me again and again so i ended up saying yes to it 😞 i got an allergic reaction. But at the end i got to deliver my baby after my ob had told me that i was “tight” so i should get a csection. Worst dr ever. In pregnant for the second time and this time i will ask how you said and get as much info i can. 👊

  2. Just already gave birth 3 days ago to my second child. This video just popped up and I'm like what the heck let's check it out. Really wish I could have watched this before I had my first. These are great info. I opted for the epidural during my first not know much at all about how it would effect the whole thing. I've always regretted it. So when my second birth came around I was more determined to go without it. And I did it!!! It was an entirely different experience to be able to feel everything. It was painful but manageable, breathing techniques and screaming sure helped a lot but having a good mind set goes a long way. She is right, you can do it!!! Let your body do what it needs to do don't numb the feeling because it will just make the process harder. With out that numbing feeling I was intuned with what my body needed to do. Like pushing. With the epidural I didn't know when I really needed to push or if I'm making any progress. Had to rely on my nurse most of the time to tell me what's going on. I was able to feel that urge to push and I was able to deliver my son a whole lot faster than my first child. It was more rewarding in the end too. Labor with the epidural lasted 26 hours and with the epidural it lasted only 4. They said having a second child would be easier but I do believe going without the epidural made it go faster.

  3. i didn’t realize how much i needed this video, but i’m due in late August & its my first so i’m anxious. this helps a lot, especially because i’m young (20) & not as educated on birth as i would like to be. your videos are always a positive light about labor and i thank you so much for that.

  4. An awesome thing about going unmedicated is the fact that you can feel what your body is doing! You can feel the contractions, which aren’t always fun, but you can tell that they are preparing your body. You can feel when you need to push (most of the time) instead of the doctor telling you. You can feel your baby moving down the birth canal so you know when to push harder and when to ease up a bit. I had a baby that was 8lbs 4oz with a Charlie Brown head and had very minimal tearing that didn’t need stitches. I know many women that need stitches even with a smaller baby because they couldn’t feel after their epidural and just went by what the doctor and nurses were telling them. No one knows your body better than you, so it’s an amazing experience to feel and listen. With that said, sometimes listening to your body means saying you’ve had enough and need some relief, and that’s ok too!

  5. #1, Don't do it. Wife says drugs are God's gift to women in labor. Judging by the vocal experience from her during our first, lessons were learned, and all subsequent offspring were presented in medicated bliss. How this post was in my suggestion list I will never know. Take care.

  6. My sister wasn't given the choice. They just broke her water. She says that's the worst experience she had with either of her deliveries.

  7. Hi how did you get your childbirth educator certificate? I’m a med surg nurse but want to switch to l&d

  8. I loved this video! My first labor was completely unmedicated because I followed all of the tips you brought up. I'm hoping to do the same with the pregnancy, but your videos remind me that it doesn't matter how I end up laboring and bringing my child into the world. It matters that I feel supported and comfortable with my decisions. Keep making amazing videos like this!

  9. When I had my Son Paul on January 20th 1995 I had a Pudendal where they have you shots in your bottom side with a huge curved and a few shots of Demerol in the IV worked well for pain relief.

    With my second Son Stephen Born September 2nd 1997 if we would have waited at home he would have been born there. With Stephen we arrived at the hospital at 9:00 am and Stephen was born at 9:36 am about 36 minuets after we got to the hospital. After I got into hospital gown and in bed and the midwife checked me I was 7cm and the midwife said “we will get epidural in and get you comfortable than break your water” than the midwife walked out of the room. Than my water broke and I started pushing and the labor nurse picked up the phone and told the midwife to get back into the room she thinks this kid is about to be born. The midwife came back in and checked me again and I was 9 3/4 cm dilated and you should have seen the midwife and labor nurse get ready for Stephen’s arrival. The midwife was giving me a pudendal and was yelling at me because Stephen’s head was coming down and out than she handed me Stephen and I started nursing him and she delivered the placenta and put a couple of stitches as I had split a bit but not as bad as with Paul. The labor nurse finished filling out the paper work for me to be admitted as I had not even been officially admitted to the hospital when Stephen was born.

    From the time the midwife first checked me at 7cm to her handing me Stephen was less than 5 minutes and was probably about 2 minutes.

    Once they took Stephen off to the new born nursery for weigh in and first bath I was able to get up on my own and go take a shower without any problems. So I think on the getting out of bed for the first time should depend on whether the mother is able to or not. With Paul I was not able to with Stephen I was. But Paul was 8lbs 4 1/2 ounces and took 10 hours to have. Also I could not sit down for two weeks after Paul was born. They got his head out ok than his shoulders came out splitting me from one end to the next and it took them 2 hours to sew up my bottom side after Paul was born.

    As for classes we could not afford them but the classes that would have been beneficial like how to set up and take down portable play pens and how to install a car seat in your car, and how to assemble baby swings are what I thought would have been the most helpful. Also a class on how to get the kid to sleep through the night would have been helpful as well. With the child birth part it just happens and Mother Nature does her thing but installing a car seat not so much.

    Here is my Son Paul:


  10. I would love to hear your thoughts on Pitocin.
    With my last birth my water broke on its own but I wasn't contracting so I was given pitocin, I had wanted an unmedicated birth but I would not dilate past 5cm and my contractions were right on top of eachother. I gave in and begged for an epidural.
    Point being, how is natural birth different with vs without pitocin?

  11. I’ve worked so damn hard for an unmedicated birth…sometimes it doesn’t work and it’s ok.

    I’ve been induced with hormones on a Wednesday night, labor started on Thursday morning but stopped, so I had to be induced with Pitocin in the early afternoon. Finally the contractions were back and my doula helped me a lot dealing with the excruciating pain for most of the rest of the day and night. Unfortunately, despite my strong will, the pain got so intense, (we were now Friday very early morning), I asked how much I was dilated so I can motivate myself, but I got told I wasn’t even dilated at 2. I couldn’t possibly stand another 10hours of this so I asked for the epidural after another hour of suffering. A good thing to know is that you can actually have a “lighter” epidural so you can still feel the contractions (it was like 70% less painful) and still feel the baby while pushing. So at least I wasn’t numb and could easily use my muscles.

  12. I find your videos very helpful in the sense that that make me less anxious about pushing a child out of my vag. Also you really remind me of Drew Barrymore 😅

  13. I so desperately wish my last labor nurse was like you!!! The amount of pressure I felt to get interventions was a joke. Finally got left alone when she decided to tattletale on me to my dr and he told her to leave me alone haha. I’m pregnant again and hope I get a better nurse this time around.

  14. Im not even pregnant but i want to be prepared if i ever do get pregnant bc i want a natural birth. Thank you for your videos! They’re very helpful!!

  15. Love your videos. I just had my second unmedicated childbirth less than 24 hours ago and I love hearing your perspectives. Especially since I lose my mind for pushing. Some ladies think it’s the best part. For me it’s the worst. But I wouldn’t choose any otherway

  16. I wish I had known all of the things you have covered in your videos / vlogs before my daughter was born… Almost 15 years ago! I had an epidural (b/c I've always been small… 5' 2" and we knew she was a big baby. 9 pounds & a few ounces. I was about 4-5 cm when we got to hospital. I labored for about two hours after water broke. After that hit 10 cm and I had to push. 20 minutes later she went into distress. About 5 people came running into the room, (Two to there for NICU to check her apgar) the other 3-4 nurses were there to "help the doc" and ME. He had told me she was big, so he did the episiotomy (and she tore me anyway… 4th degree!) that part was a given. He also had to use the vacuum, & a few others tools. I can't remember everything… because BABY!
    It took him longer to sew me back up than it did to push! Thank God for epidurals!!!😄

  17. I found labour easier than being pregnant! I had twins naturally (90min labour) and another baby 22 months later (3 hour labour). I had no expectations and just went with the flow!

  18. When I found out I was pregnant my mom asked if I was going to get an epidural and automatically I said "uhh YEAH!" But then I thought about it and asked myself why that was my immediate response. I'm so into natural everything why wouldn't I want my child's birth natural?
    So I did the research, meditation, yoga, lots of walking, etc to help keep my body in shape for it. I took the classes at the hospital etc.
    I was in labor for 13 hours. I pushed for 2 hours (good grief). And I managed it all without an epidural! 💪🏼
    It's definitely like nothing I've ever felt before but not bad. I'd do it 100 times over!

  19. I ❤️ you!!
    P. S. Our healthcare system sucks indeed! Would love a video on that, if you feel up for it one day!

  20. Not having an epidural was my plan I was determined but it was 3 in the morning and I was tired. My contractions were right on top of each other I cried uncle and got the epidural

  21. I had my first child 17 months ago and planned for a unmedicated natural birth…well it came different. At 42 weeks I got induced due to preeclampsia (high bp, protein in urine and bad swelling). I was induced with pitocin Sunday early afternoon with no effect on my body. I got another round of pitocin (always up to the highest dose) on Monday with contractions starting but no change in cervix. Tuesday morning another round of pitocin and finally some effects..my water broke naturally at around 6cm and I was at 10cm within an hour I had back labor and was in so much pain that I threw up a lot. I started pushing around 10AM, my blood pressure was getting so high that they tried the epidural twice (two different anesthesiologists) with no effects on my body…I could see my baby’s head in a mirror but she just wouldn’t come out. At 4:20pm it was decided that a C-section was necessary (it took 5 attempts to get the spinal in right) and my baby girl was born at 4:48pm on my birthday! Looking back it wasn’t as bad and I would do it again! But I’m hoping for a vbac next time

  22. I'm 33 weeks pregnant with my first and I want an unmedicated natural birth. I want the whole experience lol

  23. Great video. I didn't have an epidural and would go the unmedicated route again. Loved that I could walk and have a shower after I had skin to skin and also definitely agree on going to a birthing class. It was so helpful and informative plus we knew exactly when to go into the hospital. The midwife had so many tips and tricks that I didn't see online.

  24. I’m literally 4 days from my induction date with my second girl 😅 I am planning on going unmedicated so THANK YOU for this video!!!!! ♥️

  25. @Zabey Baby 15 What does it mean, when you say "everybody can do it, if a vaginal delivery is possible"? I think everybody should atleast be educated and be able to try it. But is the way you are trying to say it, medically correct? Someone with a milder version of a uterus malformation, that wasn't discovered (due to the few ultrasound appointments) and weaker contractions (without any pause sometimes), do you consider that a ability to deliver naturally? I know such stories, and depending on the severity, it needed emergency c-sections etc. Do you consider for example an uterus bicornis able to deliver the baby with the help of nurses? Are there some tricks? Some midwifes say it's possible, even if the muscles are too weak to push.

  26. fur baby snores in background LOVE IT! <3 Love your videos. Thank you for being you and sharing your wisdom and experiences.

  27. Wow this is a perfect video! I Iove love love how you cover the topic of instances where you may need to be hooked up to the monitor and not much flexibility to move. I have yet to hear that in other videos. Thank you this was truly helpful!

  28. Could you do a video on tips for getting baby in a good position? Also, totally agree with not getting checked often. I was stuck at 1 cm for 18 hours and it was gut wrenching to hear it each time. Ended up getting an epidural even because my head just couldn’t handle the news.

  29. I love that you don't check so frequently and thank you for mentioning it. I had a long labor so I'm sure they had to check as much as they did. After hours and hours at a 5, I was complete in 50 minutes so you just never know. 🙂

  30. Warm Bath during most painful contractions is how I managed the pain before my water broke and was ready to go out and start pushing! Highly recommend it! While being in the bathtub my husband would put cold wet towel on my forehead between contractions, and during contractions he would pour warm water over me. Without this I think I would have given up and asked for an epidural. My nurse was amazing.

  31. My birth story: I was 4 days past my due date. I was trying all sorts of things to induce labor, Saturday May 11th my mucus plug fell out around 6pm. Around 10pm my water broke but I wasn’t having any contractions so they told me to come in at 7am unless my contractions started and became 5min or less. 20 minutes later they started and quickly got close together…after an hour I told my fiancé we need to go. Checked into the hospital at 11:45pm and I was only 2cm. I had some generic pain medication that did nothing. Now it was Mother’s Day May 12th and I had labored until 7am, I was finally 4cm and was able to get an epidural. I labored all day just waiting to meet my little man. The evening came and I wanted another hit of the epidural but the nurse said I was 9cm so she wasn’t sure I could have it. I was like okay let’s get this show on the road! My NP came in and said I was only 5cm…I immediately knew I was going to have to have a c-section. She said I’m going to order a c-section, I turned to my fiancé and started crying because I was scared and did not want a c-section. But let me tell you, it was the best experience I could of had! All the nurses were great and trying to calm me down, asking what I was having and what his name was going to be. My anesthesiologist reassured me that I wouldn’t feel any pain (mainly why I was scared even though logically I knew I wouldn’t feel anything). It all happened so fast, the doctor said “I’m ready to cut, is the dad in the room?” We said no, seconds later my hubby came in, sat next to me and held my hand. 2 minutes later our baby boy was out! I cried because I was shocked how fast it happened and I was so happy, I said “we have a baby!”. We kissed and then he went over to cut the cord and take pictures of the baby. Maverick was born May 12th 2019 @ 6:41pm 8lbs 15.5oz! Within minutes I was stitched up and heading back to my room, I was unable to hold him because he has some fluid in his lungs which is common in a c-section so he had to spend the night in the nursery. But the nurse did bring him to me before we separated so I could see him and kiss him. The next day (Monday 5/13) was MY BIRTHDAY! what a fantastic first Mother’s Day and birthday week! We finally got to go see him and hold him! He came to our room that night around 11pm so the next day we could finally have visitors! We stayed in the hospital until Wednesday morning when we were able to bring little man home! 💙 YouTube.com/mommyandmav

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