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My husband and I recently found out we're pregnant again, and he is very interested in unassisted childbirth.
We had a successful and beautiful homebirth attended by two midwifes last time, but I am open to the idea.
Just curious about resources and things to help me get my mind around the concept, as far as logistics and planning go.
Any links or book recommendations (beyond Shanley and Ina May) would be appreciated!

Two random questions that have been on my mind regarding UC.

1) I understand monitoring/cervical checks are not necessary. With my labor, however, I was glad to have someone check me during transition... I had already begun to push involuntarily and was causing my cervix to swell. Midwife gave me some arnica and encouraged position change, and we were back in business. How are things like that treated when you have nobody else? Did you/your partner check your own progress?

2) How did you find the energy and alertness to handle the immediate postpartum period? I felt like sleeping for days right after birth. Did your partner take over and get things cleaned up, vitals checked, etc.?

Can you tell I'm a sometimes-neurotic registered nurse? :)

Thanks in advance!
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Date:September 11th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
2. When I had my UC I was completely alone. I felt totally energized after the birth. I even had to get up off the floor and open the locked door for my birth partner (who was in the driveway when I was birthing) to come inside. I had a placenta smoothie right after birth and that helped with my energy levels too. Did vitals and all that jazz then.

My birth partner cleaned up, but there wasn't much to clean really. Just a couple chux pads and some blood on the hallway floor from when I got up to open the door.

She was born at 1am, and we slept til about 7am.
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Date:September 12th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
i also felt sooo high after my birth, i was taking care of everything inspite of the fact that i prob could have used a blood transfusion. hah.

we didnt have much clean up, since i was in the bathroom, threw a few towels in the wash and wiped the floor a bit.

and i never checked myself, i had an issue with that my first labor, i felt like being checked really set me back. so i just didnt, eventually i felt my contractions change, and my body started pushing on my own. i just went with it. with my first i did have a lip that my midwife held back while i pushed. (hurt like a bitch!!)
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Date:September 12th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
if you follow your natural urge to push, you do not cause cervix to swell :). It rather happens because you try to resist pushing (usually a bit of both happens at the same time).

Check this one: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/RuleOf10.asp

And yes, both times after birth the euphoria lasted for 72 hours, I couldn't even sleep, so much energy. Then the fatigue hits but thats another story :)
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Date:October 19th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I reccomend the Birth Book by Dr. & Mrs. Sears as well as Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz(Just read through the wierd stuff because there is very valid, helpful and supportive info). Of course Ina May is beyond wonderful and there are a few web sites I found through this community. I thoroughly educated myself in natural childbirth, midwifery and herbal remedies so I would be prepared for all contingencies.
My sister was supposed to be there for my support during the birth, however I was completely alone when I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. She decided to come out very quickly and was born before my sister arrived. I had so much energy after that I cleaned myself, and the birthing area, nursed the baby and swaddled her before my sister arrived.
Good luck with everything!
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