I shared Joshua’s birth story with y’all and got such a great response. I have been putting off telling the story of my first two births for some time now, and finally had a reason to do it. Gabrielle over at Birth Beyond Bias asked for stories of traumatic births and I decided it was finally time to write everything down. She featured my story on her blog, and I would really love to share it here as well! I hope you will go over to Birth Beyond Bias and read more…she has some wonderful information and great stories!
With my first baby, I wanted a natural birth. I knew nothing about modern birth in America, only that I felt strongly that God created women to birth babies, and that if women had been doing this for thousands of years without medication, then so could I. I was met with opposition from my OB, who gave me all the typical excuses as to why natural birth was not a good idea. Some of the things he told me were:
- the baby will be too big
- it’s your first pregnancy, you could go so fast that you have the baby on the side of the road if you go into labor on your own
- if you want to avoid a C-section, we really need to induce early because he’s going to be over 10 pounds (I had been adamantly against having a C-section, and I feel like this was a huge play on my emotions, even though now I know that inducing gives me a 1 in 3 chance of having a C-section)
- induction is perfectly safe, I induce 95% of my patients (his response to me asking about the risks associated with pitocin; also, I should have noticed that red flag when he said he induces 95% of his patients, but I didn’t know any better).