…that time I was given an epidural and it was just okay. Right after receiving the epidural I felt like a champ and was so excited that my epidural was…
…that time I was given an epidural and it was just okay. Right after receiving the epidural I felt like a champ and was so excited that my epidural was…
…the delivery of my third child. I had an epidural with my first delivery that only worked so/so, on my next delivery I had a natural birth unintentionally (as the…
My mom delivered all eight of her children med-free. Immediately after giving birth for the first time she said, “that was fun, I want to do that again!” When I was younger I thought she was either lying or crazy (or maybe both).
My first birth was with an epidural and it was not a good experience and I vowed I would never have one again if it was not absolutely necessary. Then after I gave birth med-free with my second, I finally understood what my mother meant. It was such an empowering, beautiful, and natural high experience!! I am so happy you were able to have the birth experience you wanted and prepared for!
I found your post through instagram after clicking on a hypnobabies # that I used. I used hypnobabies as well. My baby is 2 months old now (our first) I finally just got done writing her birth story on my blog and wanted to do a similar post to this explaining to people what it is and why I chose it. This post is perfectly written! I’ll probably include a link in mine since you have done such a great job of explaining! I’m new to the blog…do you have your birth story written here? I love finding other women who have used it and had a wonderful experience as I did!
Thanks for the great post!
Thank you for this post. I just clicked on your link and purchased this program. I have been reading Hypnobirthing and found your article on pinterest and think this will be the indepth guidance I am looking for.
Really great post Camille! You’re a tough cookie! 😘
…point you know that I have been skeptical of so called “pain free” childbirth. I weighed the pros and cons of an epidural vs going natural; I’d done both and…
What a beautiful birth story Camille. I chose natural birth with 7 of my children, but I have to admit I wasn’t as in control at times as I would like to have been. I’m so happy you tried this and it worked so well for you.
I love a good birthing story and you are brave letting us see your photos – and your babies little screwed up face (and I mean that in a lovely way) is just breathtakingly beautiful.
I have 3 teenagers and have never had a epidural, I tried a tens machine with the second 2 which was ok, I had pethidine with my first but didn’t like how it made her so sleepy.
I think this Hypnobabies things sounds great, I do remember concentrating on curling and uncurling my toes with our youngest and finding just having something to concentrate on like that really helpful.
I think it’s great to have choices and I’m really happy it worked out so beautifully for you this time.
Hi! Katie Bastian gave me this link, and your story is absolutely beautiful. I’m almost 18 weeks along in my first pregnancy, and I’ve been seeing a normal doctor, but I’d really like my experience to be like this. I plan on delivering at a hospital, but I want it to be natural. When did you first talk to your doctor about going natural? I’ve loved the couple doctors I’ve seen so far, but I have this fear that they’ll be annoyed with me. Also, how far along in your pregnancy did you start preparing for your birth experience? Sometimes I feel like I’m already too late, and other times I think I can put it off. What would you recommend?
And thank you for sharing this inspiring story! 🙂
Beautiful story! I’m training with hypnobabies and I’m due in 6 weeks – so inspiring 🙂 I wanted to ask – did you take the pitocin shot afterward (for bleeding) or no? I know you mentioned your bleeding after delivery being less, but didn’t which option you went with.
My OBY/GYNE has their pregnant patients rotate through their 4 doctors and 1 nurse practitioner throughout the patient’s pregnancy. I ended up having the doctor on call that I had only seen once. Not that this was a problem, but I went 8 hours laboring without seeing her. I saw her when we first arrived at the hospital 1 hour after I lost my mucous plug, I believe. The nurses examined me. I was not dilated. The nurse did something called a ROM plus test to try to see if in fact my water had broke. (Sorry for the confusion, between water breaking and mucous plug). The doc came in a half hour later and examined me. Hurt like hell! I was getting to the point where I thought okay I will go home if you are not going to admit me. The nurse showed us to our birthing room. I went 12 hours with one nurse telling her I wanted to go natural. I did have her put the saline lock in. We had not seen the doc in a long time (turns out she was at her son’s soccer game). The nurse said she was not at the hospital and I said I wanted to see her. She came in around midnight I think and she said the labor was not progressing enought and that I needed strongly to consider IV, Pitocen, Epidural, etc. At that point I caved and was so mad. It was also the new nurse on duty and I told her I would get everything: the IV and epidural. I was so fed up. She started my IV and I started to pee immediately as she did. I think an hour later the doc tore the membranes. I think she did this twice actually. This was my first birth. I told my husband it felt like a gallon of fluid being released. It was such a release!!! Then they said of course for me to stay in the bed. All of the labor pains were in my back. I remember telling the doc and my appt with her that I was unsure what the contractions would feel like and that I thought I had had one earlier on in the pregnancy. 2 hours or after the membranes being ruptured ( i think it is the correct term) there was debate about whether I would get the epidural. Mostly my husband wondering. But me just thinking in my head if I wanted to. I felt like i needed too and so the anesthesiologist came in and i do remember the labor “waves” coming quickly. I had seen epidurals being placed before. I literally was hugging my nurse and not because they kept telling me to arch my back, but because I just remember the need to hug her and thank her. The actual placement of the epidural sucked and I still have a small bruise there and get some pain there on occasion. (I am 4 weeks postpartum). I remember 2 sticks of the needle. The first being the lidocaine numbing as they say, but I definitely (I think) felt the actual insertion of the epidural needle. She then asked if I felt numb and the medicine was starting to set in. It took about an hour for it to actually set in and I could not lift my legs hardly at all. This was frustrating as I wanted to lie on my side. I also had the monitor belts on the whole time and there was interference with the readings on the machine (pretty much the whole time and me and my husband pressed the silence button). Finally the nurse returned and said you are about to have this baby. I was pretty much hysterical -no other way to put it- but soo soo ready. She checked my cervix and said I was about there and I was pushing just by force of nature/habit. The doctor was not there yet so I didn’t want to push to much. As soon as the doctor walked in I knew all I needed to do was bear down. As the baby came out it was such a relief, it did not hurt at all. They plopped little babe on me and I was so happy!
That is my birth story. I had debated hiring the doula that taught our lamaze class but we did not opt to hire her. Next time I would definitely consider hiring one. I also would also consider having a nurse midwife birth my baby!
Hello! I know this is an older blog but I was hoping you could tell me which Hypnobabies tracks you bought? I am 18 weeks pregnant with my first child and all I’ve ever wanted to do was a natural birth. Your story is absolutely inspiring! Just from reading your story I am excited to try the hypnobirthing method!
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I haven’t delivered yet, but we decided to go natural with this baby (due any day now) and are using hypnobabies. So far I love it. I have horrific back pain throughout my pregnancies. So bad that there are days that I can barely walk. I also usually get horrible migraines. With hypnobabies I have been able to use the relaxation and hypnosis to completely get rid of the migraines and eliminate most of the back pain. I’ll let you know how it goes with the delivery.
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I’ve had three kids and I’ve tried to have epidurals each time. Once I was too late for the epidural and had to go natural. I’m all for the the drugs. Why suffer any more than you have to?
I had an epidural after laboring with my first for nearly 15 hours sans medicine. Apparently, he was also “sunnyside up” and they’d been trying to manually turn him around. After the second time that (horrible thing) happened, I decided I needed the epidural. It was given and I was told to relax in preparation for the actual birth. I spent the next 30 minutes or so waiting for it to “kick in”. The pressure and contractions were so bad that I was vomiting. I continued to feel everything. I even felt the ring of fire. I could feel my legs as I grabbed them to help myself push. Later I assumed that the epidural had just been there to “take the edge off”, but after reading how women are supposed to respond to it, I realize that I don’t think it worked for me.
It definitely sounds like it did not work at all! Are you planning to have more children? If so, you might want to consider other options or make sure your anesthesiologist knows your history of complications should you decide to try one again.
I’ve delivered 3 of my babies vaginally and had a epidural with each one. I received the epidural about 2-4 hours before delivering each time I was dilated to at least 5-6 cm. With my first and second I felt everything. Instead of numbing my lower body it numbed my upper. Each time Doctors, nurses and anesthesiologist was shocked because I had complete control of my lower half and it was aberrant that it just wasn’t working. I set straight up in hopes the medication would move down but it didn’t help. With my third we was prepared for other pain management options. The anesthesiologist suggested a combo of a epidural and a interracial one placed in my lower spine one in my upper. This did give me pain relief other than a window they called it in witch I felt pain in my lower stomach in a single area. Then with my fourth baby I received a epidural only because the anesthesiologist didn’t do combos. After laboring 12 hours and me screaming with the epidural the nurse finally tried to consult me about my pain she couldn’t believe with the max amount of medication allowed that I would be feeling anything but I was feeling everything in my lower body again. And I was having trouble breathing where my upper body was numb. I knew something was wrong this time for 2 hours of screaming and crying begging them to do something this pain was different than the other 3 so they finally check me dialated to 8 cm they realize the baby hasn’t moved down at all so they did a ultrasound and found him breech. By now my body is shaking uncontrollable from the pain. So emergency C-section it is and with my condition inability to numb up they would be putting me under for the surgery. I was so upset wanting my fiancee with me. Seeing that I was going to be unconscious they wouldn’t let him be in the room with me. Now I’m 9 months pregnant with my 5th and its been less than a year scents my c-section I’m going to be having another c-section and I’m terrified that if I’m awake I’ll feel everything. But I would love to be conscious and alert and have my hubby with me seeing this will be my last baby. Any advice or suggestions? Having a baby is such a wonderful gift. I would love to be able to enjoy the delivery. Instead of fearing it.
You have been through so much! Because you have experienced an emergency C-section are they planning for you to have a planned c-section this time around? I know that decision will be made in large part to how your incision was made and if they were able to deliver the baby with just one incision or two. I have family and friends who have planned c-sections for this very reason and have a wonderful experience with it. Maybe this would be a good option for you as you haven’t had a great experience with epidurals and c-sections are done using a spinal block.
If you were further away from your due date I would refer you to Hypnobabies as that is what I did with my last delivery and had such an amazing experience using no drugs at all. Unfortunately this takes time and preparation and with you being in your ninth month you probably wouldn’t have time to prepare adequately.
Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes. The best part of any delivery as you know is the reward at the end. I will send prayers and positive thoughts your way! You can connect with me on facebook “Camille Gourley Walker” or through instagram camille_mymommystyle. Good luck!
Don’t worry too much! My epidural didn’t work whatsoever but my C-section was a very pleasant experience. I started to feel some pain halfway through and the anesthesiologist was floored, but he gave me IV pain meds to make up the difference. He said my body didn’t react well to them but I didn’t know any better… I felt just fine other than being freezing. Being awake during the procedure is no biggie… You can’t see anything and the meds make you slightly drowsy. I hope all goes/went well!
I had a combination epidural like you explained… The doctor had a lot of trouble with insertion and tried many times. I was in bliss for half an hour from the spinal block and then when it wore off, there was nothing but pain. The epidural didn’t work… And the anesthesiologist couldn’t fix it because he was in a c-section. It was worse than anything I could have imagined. I had an awful nurse who kept yelling at me, saying the pain wasn’t that bad and that I needed to quiet down and put on my big girl panties because I was scaring the woman next door (this is the same nurse who ignored my complaints of a headache when I was discharged… I ended up in the ER 3 times from a spinal headache that wasn’t diagnosed until 5 days later). I ended up having a C-section because baby boy wasn’t going anywhere and he wasn’t doing well with me screaming in pain. I screamed so badly that when I saw my doctor 2 weeks later he asked me how I still had a voice! Between the horrible labor and botched epidural that made one day’s pain a week’s, I am grateful that I will be able to have a C-section right away next time! The “normal” post C-section pain is very tolerable… Difficulty with movement is more annoying than anything.
I had epidural with all 3 of my kids. The first one worked 100% and it was amazing, I basically slept until I was at 10cm and then pushed for about 1.5 hours. No pain, no discomfort. I had to look at the monitor to see when to push.
Both second and third baby hurt so bad. I got epidural at 4cm for all 3 of them. It took away the contraction pains but when they started to drop and go through the birthing canal it was the most excruciating pain I ever felt. The epidural didn’t work on it at all. The anesthesiologist came several times to up my dose and nothing worked. Luckily this only lasted for about 30 minutes and then instead relief once baby got out.
I thought he didnt do it correctly the second time. But then the same exact thing happened with my third. I am a red head too btw. I just don’t understand how it can work 100% the first time and then not the second and third time.
I would just like to point out I was given an epidural which failed to work properly. I was later rushed to theatre and given a spinal by another anaesthetist which also failed to work properly. This meant I just needed an injection to numb my vaginal area and just hope the forceps worked. Not trying to scare anyone but it does happen. I’m currently pregnant with my second and I’ve been booked in to see an anaesthetist while pregnant to discuss my options. It really was traumatic for me hoping second time round it’s easier
Sorry to hear about your trials… I just wanted to chime in that my first epidural didn’t really work (the doctor tried to insert the catheter twice, and kept giving me more meds, and it only resulted in my arms and legs being numb – but I could still feel everything in my mid-section and as I delivered – and it made it really hard to push. UGH.
I was pretty terrified when it came time for my second – but I asked for it early, told him I had trouble with my first one, and it was like A DREAM. (I had a baby girl and was ready to name it after this man!!) It was clear that he didn’t want to talk badly about the first doctor, but it was clear that he just did a great job (and possibly that the first doctor could have been better). I feel that if a doctor is willing to TAKE A CATHETER OUT OF YOUR SPINE AND TRY AGAIN, there’s something to be said about it being placed correctly, etc. My first birth took me 24 hours of laboring and over 3.5 hours of pushing. With intense pain, vomiting, etc. My second was like a dream – slept through a lot of the labor, pushed for maybe 30 or 40 minutes. Barely felt a thing – and she was 2 pounds bigger than my first!! I’d say if you’re having issues, ask if you can see another anesthesiologist!! Best of luck to you all.
With my first, the epidural wore off after about 20 minutes. The resident re did it a few times during my 26 hours of hell plus a spinal and nothing worked for me. I had been induced bc my water broke. Also baby was sunny side up. By a 9 cm I just couldn’t take another minute and was begging to be put out, I also felt extremely hot like on fire, begging to have water dumped on me. it was taking hours and I wasn’t dilating further so I had c section, they had to put me out. The last couple contractions on the operating table were unbelievably painful, there’s no way I could have done any more. I ended up getting a spinal headache the day we went home. Had to go back in for another epidural to take it away.
With my second I tried a vbac as I thought it was the residents fault it didn’t work with my 1st. But it didn’t work again! And baby was sunny side up again!! So i opted for c section. The spinal also didn’t work enough to numb me when testing me before cutting so they had to put me out again.
I am now going in tomorrow to have my third. It will be nice that its planned, I won’t be in labor… We’re hoping the spinal block works this time and I can stay awake and see at least one of my kids being born! I so hope so. But I’m nervous about feeling pain during it….
How did it go this time Lindsay? I am sorry you had such a horrible experience and had to go through c-sections not even being awake. ugh. I am hoping this time around was a lot more peaceful and happy! Send me an update!
Hi! I was hoping to go natural mostly because I have had bad experiences with anesthesia. I don’t ever get numb for dental work and I felt stitches in my finger despite being injected with the max local anesthetic. Unfortunately I was at 7 cm for 12 hours so the dr started prepping for an emergency cesarean. The anesthesiologist gave me an epidural…didn’t work. Tried again any gave me another one. Nothing. Then spinal. Absolutely nothing. No effect whatsoever. So
He approached me and said “at this point you have a choice, you can go under general anesthesia but it will be risky for you and the baby or you can endure the pain of the cesarean. I felt everything…And eventually blacked out. It was terrible:
Oh my goodness! I am so very sorry to hear this! i CAN’T IMAGINE going through that! Do you want to have more children?
I have had only one child. I had an epidural at the beginning stages of pain. It worked for about 10 minutes, so they gave me another. This one numbed only the right side of my body so they told me to lay sideways and let it numb the other side. It did not and I was in so much pain. They decided to give me another because i was in excruciating pain. Well, needless to say, that didn’t work so they asked if I wanted another one. Of course not! I didn’t want to hurt my baby so I endured the pain and had a healthy baby girl. The doctor’s told me that if I have another baby, to tell the doctor that epidurals do not work for me and to ask for the pill combination. I do not plan on having another baby but they never told me why the epidurals didn’t work. I had “carpet burn on the right side and had stitches on the other side. I had to take a pair of socks to the bathroom with me for a month to bite down on as I peed, as it hurt so bad. Years later, I had a kidney stone and they gave me the liquid morphine. That didn’t help the pain in any way. When I asked for more, the doctor said no. I heard her talking and she thought I was a drug addict. She told me that there is no way that I could still feel pain. Only when she was out of the room and heard me crying telling my husband to tell her that I don’t do drugs, did she allow me another round. That didn’t work either. I could barely lat still during the MRI but was embarrassed that she thought I wanted only drugs. Does anyone else have this problem? I rarely go to the doctors as it is (maybe three times in my entire life) unless I am in dire pain and can barely walk. Now, I feel like I can’t go at all without them feeling like I only want drugs.
When my first daughter was born my water broke at 1 am with zero contractions. I want to the hospital and the nurses immediately placed me on pitocin. Contractions were very hard. I was dialated to a 3 and had been in labor for 10 hours. I finally requested an epidural. It did NOTHING! I was in labor for another 14 hours with no pain relief. Than 3 more hours of pushing only to be told I was going to have a ceserean. My daughter was finally born. Fast forward 18 months later at a different hospital with daughter #2. I decided to try VBAC. Contractions came normally this time but two weeks late. My nurse broke my water about 2 hours in and contactions came full force. I was dialated to a 4 and requested an epidural. AGAIN it did nothing! I complained to the nurse and a different anesthesiologist came in to take that one out and put another in. Again, it did absolutely NOTHING!! Labor ended in another cesarean. Either I am extremely unlucky with anesthesiologist(which is extremely unlikely) or something is different with my body.
Im speechless after reading all your comments about epidural not working!!! Mine didn’t work either! It was a traumatic experience for me, first child, 36hrs of labor, 1:30hrs pushing, got my epidural with 7cm dialated, the doctor broke my water and contractions were unbearable. I was screaming so much and the doctor told me to “control my paint, stop screaming” I wanted to punch him. I tried the epidural first time in between the worse contractions and it didn’t work, he tried again and nothing… by this point I didn’t even know that could happen. The nurse and the anesthesiologist were very sarcastic thinking that I was lying. By this point I just wanted to squat and start pushing but I had to push laying flat down because I had the “epidural”. After a 4th degree tear my baby came out healthy and beautiful. Now Im 4 months postpartum and when laying on the ground I can feel both spots where they tried the epidural. Anyone else still feel pain were they fot the epidural? As a woman I really feel that we should talk more about our experiences.
Thank you for sharing!
You’re so welcome! I agree! There is not enough talk about this! Thank you for adding your voice!
I had 3 kids, my first 2 epiduals did not work, very little. When I told the anesthesiologist with my 3rd baby I’m not sure he believed me. UNTIL, I was a hour in and refused the catheter because I could freely move my legs ans pee using a bed pan lol. It definitely wasn’t working. And this was not a one time placement thing. 3 times it did not work for me. Novacain does not work well at the dentist for me. It does eventually work after about 8 shots of it. Luckily though I had a great anesthesiologist because he came back and checked on me several times and ended up giving me several other medications into my epidual until one of them finally worked. I have no clue what it was, BUT for anyone who has this issue, push for relief because there are other meds they can give that will probably work for you. I thought I was doomed with my 3rs but the experience was ridiculously better!
My epidural wore off. They reinserted the catheter, and then the same. It was bliss both times for around fifteen to twenty minutes, and then straight pain.
That’s awful! Nothing worse than the yo-yo of pain! I’m sorry!
I was given 2 epidurals in a row with my first kid and neither one worked at all. Ten years later, hoping it was the anesthesiologists fault, I got another with my second child. It didn’t work at all. I felt everything with both kids. Wondering if I should even bother trying for my third kid. I seriously doubt it would work, therefore isn’t worth having a needle jabbed into your spine for no relief…sigh. Is it me, or the anesthesiologist? I don’t know!
Have you considered prepping for unmediated child birth? I did hypnobabies and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Let me know if you have any questions I have a whole series on YouTube.