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My wife gave birth to our 2 boys at home with no medication. We went to 'hypnobirthing' class (5 times I think) and practiced at home a few months before delivery. Obviously I can't express how my wife felt exactly, but it seemed to be the length of labor that was hardest (physically tiring) rather than 'pain' (which came at the end). Hypnobirthing is ...


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This question is asking about giving birth without pain relieve, but all answers are addressing the idea of natural birth/without hospitalized care. Home birth Let me first address home birth as that's likely what you're thinking of. I dare say that home birth without a doubt in my mind is more dangerous for both the mother and the child. Now, I can back ...


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Bear in mind that pain relief can take many forms, from a "whiff of gas", as the nurses put it, to an epidural, with various oral medications in between. I had a small amount of gas with my first child. It helped me relax and speeded up the delivery. The effects of the gas do not last long, so basically, it's a full monty. The gas just takes the edge off ...


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Childbirth hurts. It always has. But the amount of pain you experience depends on many factors, such as the position of the baby, whether you have or haven't ruptured the amniotic membrane, your pain threshold, your anxiety level, your position in labor, and a host of other factors, many of which you have no control over. Can a first time mother do it ...


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Of course it can be done and it happens thousands of times every day. The key questions for you is probably "Is the the right choice for me and our baby?". This depends on a variety of factors, a lot of which are very personal, so only you can decide. A few points There is a fair amount if research out there on which one is "better". Unfortunately a lot ...


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I did it and would do it again! I felt there were more risks with epidural and other pain relief methods than doing it the old-fashioned way. That said, I would recommend to anyone doing it naturally to have a midwife, a doula, or a birth coach who has assisted a birth before (not your partner!), who can advise the best positions for pain relief and know how ...


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Women have been giving birth for millenia, mamals have been giving birth for millions of years. It is possible and it actually happens a lot. In my country most women do not choose pain relief. There are some complications possible, which is an additional risk. During the few days I spent around the delivery ward I've seen women who gave birth a few hours ...


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My wive gave birth to both our children without pain relief. This is in the Netherlands, I expect pain relief to be something cultural. I think the risks for pain relief are larger than not using it in most cases. Would the human species heve evolved succesfully if pain relief was nessacerry?


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A birth plan is normally something you'd bring with to the hospital / birth centre / whatever and discuss with the midwives / whoever is providing care. If you have some continuity of care from pre-natal care then you'd already have discussed this with the care providers in advance. It's a way of summarising and collecting details that are important to you ...


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I am not sure I can qualify this as an answer, but you sound like a man from your question, so let me comment on 2 of your non-missing elements: Made arrangements for who will catch and cut the umbilical cord Well, it won't be her! If it is her, then this is far from your first child. Have discussed what levels of pain medications to use Such a nice ...



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