It is no secret that I hated child birth. Scratch that, the BIRTH was tres fabulous, the LABOR was TRAGIC. TRAGIC. I love Gooner. A lot. The whole Mom feeling took me by storm because I did NOT feel super “momish” while she was in the womb. Now I do. And I love every day we spend together. Ok, so I don’t LOVE every aspect of my day with a two year old, but I do LOVE Gooner every day. So, was childbirth worth it? YES. I KNOW that labor is worth it, but ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that doesn’t mean I have to LIKE it.
When friends on facebook announce they had their babies I don’t have the urge to say congratulations. I want to say, “YAY, you survived!” Is that terrible???? Pretty much because it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. It doesn’t. At least I don’t THINK it does, but I haven’t labored out le bebe 2012 yet…
Enter: The epidural. I have known THREE people who have had PROBLEMS after receiving it. IE: one woman and her husband will never be able to work again because while the epidural was administered in the woman’s body, her son had difficulties getting through the birth canal so “other measures” had to be used to get him out. To this day their son is disfigured. Another friend’s spine was nicked while the epidural needle entered her body so to this day she has pain repetitively shooting down her leg… Yet another friend – who perpetually experiences intense migraines – will continue to do so until she DIES because her brain sits right on her spine because the fluid that normally separates her spine from her brain slowly drained out after the epidural was introduced to her body through her spine (which is the normal procedure but things didn’t go as planned). I also have a friend who is a labor and delivery nurse and she told me bad things happen ALL THE TIME. We hang out a few times a month and EVERY time she has a “one in a million” story to tell. Like the woman who JUST delivered her baby and then her uterus just came out after…or attempted to come out. The doctors shoved it back in, she was rushed to the ER and BECAUSE she was at the hospital they were able to save her girl parts and she is able to have more children. Phew! Mind you she had an uneventful pregnancy and there were zero red flags at delivery.
Now don’t get mad. I don’t care if you got the epidural or not. Honestly. My opinion of you doesn’t change AT ALL if you got one, or are planning to get one, or would never get one. I just don’t want to become a statistic that falls on the negative side of probability. Most of you readers sided on the side of Camp #1 on the great debate…which didn’t surprise me since I have “survived” childbirth myself.
So what do I want? I want to survive the pain!!!! And not get an epidural!!! I like to hike, run, workout, play with Gooner and hopefully Sooner! And if there is a chance that I could end up like 3 of my friends…is that worth it? So I’m 36 weeks pregnant and WAS seriously dreading birth. I’ve been through it; I KNOW it is bad. Honestly, I’m not afraid of the pain – it’s going to hurt. I just don’t want to be induced. I don’t want to be forced to DO something I don’t want to do…while in the midst of CHILDBIRTH. It’s such a vulnerable time. I thought getting a pap smear was vulnerable, ya WHATEVER!
At the beginning I saw a regular OB-GYN for my pre-natal care. I did for Gooner. But this time around with this pregnancy, I opted to do what very few do…see a midwife instead. Cue music. Will I end up in Camp #3? More than likely. If I end up giving birth in a pool of hot water I am going to video it and put it on this blog. Just kidding. I’m sooooooooooooo not videotaping Sooner’s birth. Gag. It IS a miracle. I won’t deny that, but if my Mom had video taped her labor and delivery with me, I would vomit. And then watch it because I would “HAVE” to, I couldn’t not. And then I’d regret it. Because REALLY?
Hmmmmmm, I digress. What is your take on midwives? I’ve gotten some serious looks from friends and strangers alike when I tell them I have a midwife. Why strangers you ask? WELL, because strangers feel they have a right to know what’s going on with my body and baby for SOME STRANGE REASON. I’m REALLY liking having a midwife and if/when any of my friends get pregnant (which right now feels about everyone…) I’d advise them to see a midwife. For me it’s better. A LOT better. In fact, my fear of labor is non-existent anymore. I don’t fear it. I’m also not GIDDY or looking forward to it…but I am ready, partly in thanks the the relaxed and wonderful care of my midwife. (CHEAPER than an OB…) Ready I tell ya!