First a bit of background. We had two options for hospitals where my OB delivers. We first chose the one that had the most modern rooms and the best anethetiasts. But then the more I read about the natural methods, the more I liked the sound of it. Apparently, if you stay relatively calm during labour, it doesn’t get too painful. Natural endorphins kick in and the contractions are perfectly timed with rest periods. It only becomes painful if stress creates adrenaline that override the endorphins.
So we switched to the other hospital because it has a birthing centre -a separate section across the hall from the labour ward, staffed by midwives and all set up for natural labour -including big spa tubs.
Between my zen practice and my childbearing hips, I was all set and phyched up for giving it a go without an epidural.
But over the past two weeks, it’s become clear that the baby is breech (head is up when it’s suppose to be down) and not likely to turn. Also, it seems I have low fluids in the embriotic sac. This scared the crap out of us at first but then Charles’ Mum looked it up on a special medical site and found quite a few studies that show that with all else being normal (which it is), it’s not an indicator of anything wrong.
But what it does mean is that I’ll most likely have to have a c-section.
And of course, this week there are all sorts of articles in the paper about how much better natural birth is for the kid than c-sections.
So, I’m a bit bummed but getting used to the idea. And overall just totally grateful that I live in a time where it’s highly likely we’ll both be ok no matter what.