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teleute From: teleute Date: November 3rd, 2010 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm also happy to talk about my experiences if you care - I did hypnobirthing in a hospital with Jamie and it was fabulous (I had a half shot of Stadol - the "standard" narcotic near the end but that was it) and I failed at hypnobirthing with Katie, also in a hospital but she was induced because she was a week late and my blood pressure was going up. I had a half shot of Stadol with her too. It was also fantastic. I hate pain, but both times I turned to Adrian afterwards and said "how soon can I do that again?". There is something unbelievably cool about giving birth, IMO. And I seriously, really, REALLY hate pain, so this isn't some weird masochism thing.

Also, this book by Ina May Gaskin: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156 is fantastic. It made me feel so much better about wanting to try to get through without an epidural. So if you can get your hands on it, I'd recommend it.
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