7 Ways to Take Charge of Childbirth

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Talk to Your OB or Midwife
Even though I had a hard labor and delivery with my first daughter, I chose to stay with my OB for the childbirth of my second. Truth be told, it was ... more 
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Talk to Your OB or Midwife
Even though I had a hard labor and delivery with my first daughter, I chose to stay with my OB for the childbirth of my second. Truth be told, it was more of the nurses and hospital staff that I had trouble with. So about a month ago after checking that baby was doing well, I explained to him all that happened before, and he filled me in on how many things I thought were "protocol" weren't really. I'm now armed with knowledge so that things like being forced to stay in bed being monitored the first hour I got there doesn't need to happen again.

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
When I gave birth to my first daughter, my labor and delivery was rough. Looking back I've realized that a lot of it could have been avoided if I had felt more in control. If I was allowed more control. I wasn't able to get out of bed for the first hour, which I later learned wasn't a rule, and caused me to labor 100% in bed due to how fast childbirth was for me. I was chastised for cursing. I never got an epidural because of how quick I labored and the supposed protocols that the nurses told me about before I could ask for one. And I never spoke up because I felt as if I was at the whims of all the nurses and wasn't allowed a voice. As I'm nearing the birth of my second daughter, I've starting to take charge of my labor and delivery. Childbirth will be different for me this time around. I've been researching, and asking friends their thoughts as well, and here are seven tips I've learned about to help me have a better childbirth experience. -By Tracy Brennan




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