A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, Part 1 {A Natural Phenomenon}

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I’m thrilled to have Brandy back today! She’s giving us a look at her two very different birth stories. Check out Part 1 of her story today, and come back for Part 2 on Thursday! 

By Brandy, Contributing Writer

I have two very different birth stories to go along with two very different boys. 

Both were born in the hospital. I was induced and had an epidural with my first, and with my second I had no intervention at all.  

Sometimes I am saddened that I didn’t go the natural route with my first, but then, I am also thankful to have been able to experience both sides of the spectrum.  

Baby #1: “High Risk,” Induction, and Epidural

With my first pregnancy, the doctors pretty much followed protocol for a “high risk pregnancy.”  Having been diagnosed with Type 1 (Insulin Dependent) diabetes at the age of 2, I definitely fell into this category, at least according to the medical industry.  

In spite of a very healthy pregnancy, their recommendation was to induce me at 39 weeks and they also suggested that an epidural would be in my best interest, so as not to cause additional stress that might affect my blood sugar. I went along with their recommendations, believing that they must know best. That was almost 6 years ago, and I have learned a lot since then.

We got to the hospital bright (or dark) and early on a Monday, August 7 for my scheduled induction. My doctor did try using prostaglandin gel and irritating the membranes, instructing me to walk the halls of the hospital to see if anything would happen on its own.   

It didn’t. So at around 9:30 am they began Pitocin.  I did at least know that getting the epidural too early could slow things down and result in even more medical intervention, so my goal was to make it to 5 cm before getting the epidural.  

One of the biggest mistakes I made during this delivery was to allow EVERY person in our family who came to the hospital to be in there with us as I was laboring. And there were times when all 6-8 of them were in the room at once.  

If you’ve ever been in labor before, you can imagine how distracting that was. There were times when someone would try to talk to my husband while I was having a contraction, and I really needed him to focus on me!  But I didn’t want to upset anyone since they had all driven hours to be there for the birth of our first child.  

Thankfully I went into labor late at night with our second, so we were the only ones there. 

My labor and delivery were relatively easy, in spite of the fact that, after the epidural, I couldn’t feel the lower half of my body. I did not like that feeling. At all. I couldn’t wrap my head around it at the time, but it just didn’t seem right to have no feeling at all. 

My husband and I had prayed and believed that my labor would be less than 8 hours, and because our God is faithful, our precious 9 pound baby boy was born 7 hours and 53 minutes after induction. God always follows through when faith is there. I pushed for about 20 minutes, had no episiotomy and had only two minor skid marks (tiny tears).  

In spite of having a good labor and delivery experience with my first, when I became pregnant with my second child I knew that I wanted a natural birth this time.  My obstetrician agreed to let me go to 40 weeks rather than 39 because my health and blood sugars had been excellent in my first pregnancy.  

BUT, if 40 weeks came with no baby, she would then induce. It was obvious to us that we had to set our faith upon that which we desired, that I would go into labor on my own and not require any intervention.  Of course, once again, our God showed Himself faithful.  

Come back for Part 2 on Thursday to read about Brandy’s natural hospital birth!

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Brandy is a full-time homemaker, has been married to the love of her life for 7 years, and is the mommy of two amazing little boys. The two most important things in her life are her relationships with God and her family.  She is living the abundant life with her wonderful husband and sons and is constantly learning how to walk in the fullness of the promises of God.Her mission is to share the message of health and wellness according to the Word of God and traditional wisdom! She blogs at Living Water Health and Wellness

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