Current Blog Manager


A bit about me: I took over the Au Natural's check in and Blog in my 34th week of pregancy with my first baby. We are Team Green and giving birth at Ina May Gaskin's "The Farm Community". After much searching, I had a hard time finding a provider who was truly supportive of my natural birth goals here in my home state of Rhode Island. So after reading Ina May's books, it seemed the choice was clear for us.

I look forward to sharing my stories and learning about yours as we go through my last few weeks as an expectant mom and make the transformation into motherhood.

Birth Mamas Check-in Group

The purpose of this group is to motivate and encourage other moms trying to achieve their goal of having a med-free and/or intervention free birth experience.

I'll try to post a check-in everyday on the 3rd tri board with a link on the 2nd tri. Feel free to add links on any other boards you feel it might be useful. If you have suggestions or a question you’d like to see the group answer PM and I’ll likely use it in the near future as I’m sure I’ll run out of questions. Remember, even if you've checked in and responded to the days question check back throughout the day to see what the other members are sharing.

If you're interested in joining the group just respond to any of the check-ins with your EDD, team and any information you'd like to share regarding your birth location or choice of method. If you have a birth story to share please send me the link too and I'll include that here in our roster information.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Advice from a 2x Natural Birth Mama on How to Achieve a Natual Birth

For those of you planning a natural birth by oflower1:

Most of the women in my life who know about my birth experiences often ask about how I was able to do it without drugs. Here is what I tell them.

1. Education. I attended classes, read books, and tried to become as familiar as possible with the birth process and also my choices and rights as a L&D patient.

2. Support. I chose caregivers that were passionate about natural childbirth. We didn't even really review my birth plan because I knew that they were already supportive of my wishes.

3. No fear. This is really important. The less you are afraid of the process, the easier it will be. Most times when you are afraid, you tense up. Being tense can slow labor (this is why sometimes an epidural will speed things up - because it helps you relax). This is especially hard for a 1st time mother since you don't know what to expect. But try to relax and trust your body to do what it's meant to do. Your classes, books, etc. should hopefully give you the confidence you need.

4. Practice. DH and I practiced various birth scenarios in the months leading up to the birth. He knew what to suggest if I was nauseous, had back pain, needed to reposition the baby, etc. We were committed to this together and it also helped DH feel like he was a real part of the birth experience.

5. Push through the pain. Delivering a baby is pretty painful. The good news is, if it really burns and hurts, you're about finished! Not pushing through the pain is just going to prolong the inevitable :-) Hopefully your caregiver is doing a perineal massage or using warm compresses during this point to help you not tear. But really - it will be over soon!

6. Ignore all of the negative comments leading up to the birth. If I had a dollar for every "you'll be begging for the epidural" comment I received going into my 1st birth, I'd be rich. Every woman, body, and birth is different. If you are really passionate about giving it a go without meds, that is your choice and you really can do it. Don't let other women scare you. Every birth is unique. Some choose to get the epidural and some don't - the beauty of it is that it's your choice!

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Questions from the Week!

Thursday: April 8, 2010

QOTP: Let's talk about our birth attendants. Who among you chose an OB/Certified Professional Midwife/Certified Nurse Midwife and why? How many have hired doulas? How much do you think your choice of attendant TYPE will affect the probability of having a truly natural birth experience?

Monday: April 5, 2010

QOTP: What has been the reaction you have gotten from your decision to "go natural" from your health care providers and your families?

Sunday: April 3, 2010

QOTP: What factors/concerns led you to seek out a natural birth?

Monday: February 8, 2010

QOTD: Have you read any pregnancy related books? If so, which one? Have they helped to determine how you want your delivery to go? If so, how?

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Tuesday: February 9th, 2010

QOTD: Pregnancy can be a rollercoaster, not only of emotions but physically the things a woman endures throughout it. What have been the best endurements and what have been your worst?

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Wednesday: February 10th, 2010

QOTD: How has this pregnancy affected you mentally and/or spiritually? Do you think the change will help with your natural delivery?

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Thursday: February 11th, 2010

QOTD: What fears do you have about delivery and after LO's born? How do you think your going to cope with them? Do you think your DH/SO has any fears?

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Friday: February 12th, 2010

Friday Fun QOTD: What features of yourself do you want your LO to have and what features of your DH/SO do you want your LO to have?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday: February 1st, 2010

QOTD: What is your perception of a natural childbirth?

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Tuesday: February 2nd, 2010

QOTD: What has been your favorite part of the pregnancy so far? Whether it be decorating or something about the pregnancy itself.

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Wednesday: February 3rd, 2010

*QOTD by lesalia217*

QOTD: What made you choose your birthing situation?
1. hospital - with an OB/Midwife/doula?
2. birth center - midwife
3. home birth - midwife

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Thursday: February 4th, 2010

*QOTD by lesalia217*

QOTD: Are you studying a particular method? Which one and why? Any success stories from previous AuNatural births?

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Friday: February 5th, 2010

QOTD: What plans do you have this weekend?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Questions from the Week!

Monday--January 25, 2010

QOTD: What are your motivators for having a natural birth?

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Tuesday--January 26, 2010

QOTD: What goals do you have for the rest of your pregnancy and your birth?

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Wednesday--January 27,2010

QOTD: What do you think will be the most rewarding part of your natural labor and delivery?

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Thursday--January 28,2010

QOTD: Do you feel this has brought you and your DH or s/o closer together by making the decision to have a natural birth? Do you think it will make your bond as a family after the birth, closer as well?

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Friday--January 29, 2010

QOTD: What is one thing that your excited to do with LO when he/she gets here? Either now or in the future?

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Friday, January 22, 2010

*~*AuNaturals Friday Check-In*~*

Friday Fun QOTD: What are your plans this weekend? Anything fun or relaxing?

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*~*AuNaturals Thursday Check-In*~*

QOTD: Do you think you've bonded with your baby? If so, in what way. If not, why do you think you haven't?

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