Yesterday we made it public knowledge to just about everyone we know that we are having a baby! We received SO MUCH support…it straight up melts my butter 🙂
I can’t believe how close we are to our “first try”…I am so excited!!!!!
D&I have been reading up on epidurals vs. natural birth and birthing centers/midwifes vs. hospital births…after doing a lot of research I am so overwhelmed with the information and a little scared. I can’t believe how much the drugs they give you affect the baby! We both decided (although in the end Devan has final say…obviously) that we want to go forth with a natural birth and if insurance can cover it we’d love to go to a birthing center or have a home birth. Unfortunately because of insurance we may not be able to get exactly what we want, but that is okay – no matter what the day will end with me snuggling up with my baby!
FYI for all of you interested in the research we’ve found…here are a few of the statistics I’ve come across!!
Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta,
Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to
a new report from Save the Children (April 2006). This is the second worst newborn
death rate in the developed world.
The five countries with the lowest infant mortality rates in the March of Dimes
report — Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Finland and Norway – midwives were used
as their main source of care for 70 percent of the birthing mothers.
Another report by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, coordinator of Integrative
Psychiatry and Systems Medicine at the University of Arizona College of
Medicine Program in Integrative Medicine, comparing 1,046 home births to 1,046
hospital births found negative outcomes consistently higher in hospital births.
These included a fetal distress rate six times higher in hospitals, a respiratory
distress rate 17 times higher in hospitals, babies requiring resuscitation 3.7 times
higher in hospitals, maternal postpartum hemorrhage three times higher in
hospitals and 30 birth injuries in the hospital compared with none occurring
during the homebirths.
These stats are just one in MANY statistics…and I haven’t even gone into the side affects that can occur when getting an epidural. Women have been giving birth naturally since the beginning of time…I know that Devan can do it too 🙂
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/epidural.html <—- here is a link about epidurals, as you can see the CONS outweigh the PROS…I never thought I would even consider natural birth until I learned all of this…I can now say that I would do anything to avoid drugging up my baby or putting myself or he/she at risk. I just do not think it is worth it — no matter how much pain I am in!
Here are some other side effects:
Mother: Short term
* Dural puncture
* Hypotension (29%)
* Nausea, vomiting, shivering (frequent)
* Prolonged labor
* Uneven, incomplete or nonexsistent pain relief
* Feelings of emotional detachment
* Respiratory insufficiency or paralysis
* Toxic drug reactions
* Slight to severe headache
* Septic meningitis
* Allergic shock
* Cardiac arrest
* Maternal death
Mother: Long term
* Neurological complications
* Backache (weeks to years)
* Postpartum feelings of regret, loss of autonomy
* Fecal and urinary incontinence or bladder dysfunction (inability to urinate)
* Paresthesia (”pins and needles”)
* Loss of perineal sensation and sexual function
Scary stuff right? I’m married to an amazing, strong woman so I know that Devan can get through labor without an epidural and I will support her no matter what she chooses, even if in the end she screams “GIVE ME A *&%@!#@ EPIDURAL!!!” LOL.