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Name/LJ name: Jenn/ jennberry

Age: 29

Number of other children (if any), ages: none

Other birth experiences: none

What you would like to learn from this community: I'm looking to gather positive hospital birth stories and techniques because many people I talk to don't seem to think it's possible. I want to be empowered by giving birth to my daughter, not a passive participant.

A little about you: My husband and I got married in 2010 on our 7 year anniversary. We live in San Diego, CA. Shortly after our honeymoon we started trying to conceive and four months later we got a positive result. I am excited yet nervous for the arrival of our daughter, Sophia, who is expected to make her grand entrance around Sept. 6.


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Aug. 19th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I just got the number of an acquaintance who is a doula from a mutual friend. I need to call her for any advice or to see if she would be willing to work with us. I've also made my birth plan very clear to my husband and our family that will be present at the time of the birth so that they can act on my behalf.
Aug. 18th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)

There are several positive hospital birth stories on my work website...


It's definitely possible!!

Aug. 19th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So very inspiring :)
Aug. 19th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I have had two natural hospital births. I can't call the first one positive. We got what we wanted, but everything was a fight. The second one was completely positive.

Really, the attitude of the nurses really matters and you have little control over that. I had a great doula who got us through the first one.
Aug. 19th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I had a natural hospital birth, and I think the key is to go into it very informed and sure of what you want. And have a midwife or a VERY supportive OB! There were several times when I just flat-out ignored the nurse's "orders", but I knew that if it came down to it the midwife would have my back.
Aug. 19th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Our hospital actually has a team of midwives on staff so I am hoping to have a good experience with them. We're also going to be very clear in what we want/don't want and try not to be bullied into making any decisions we don't want to.
Aug. 19th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
I was going to have a have a natural hospital birth, but I ended up needing a c-section due to pre-eclampsia. I wish you good luck though! :-)
Aug. 19th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you still had a good birth experience despite the change of plans. I know we've had to keep a close eye on my blood pressure, etc. because pre-eclampsia runs on my maternal side (both my mom and sister had complications due to it).
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