Posted tagged ‘natural delivery’

Pushing is Necessary, But Not Even Ideal

April 5, 2010

I just delivered my second child six weeks ago and I am pleased as punch to have experienced it naturally, differently and ideally.  With my first baby, the water (the amniotic sac) ruptured at home when I was 3cm.  Without the sac, contractions were very painful and uneven and eventually I needed pitocin.  At the end I was told to push – it took 3 good ones and my first came out and tore me good.  I tell people that I am grateful for the experience and pain of the second.  I felt a gush.  They looked and yelled that my sac was ‘bulging.’  Then the head came.  Two screams and she came out.  I still had to be sewn up.  The big deal is that at 8cm, only 90% effaced, I felt like pushing, like things were going to be coming out soon.  Everyone told me don’t push, don’t push, you’re not ready.  The great thing was that I wasn’t pushing.  It was just happening.  The next day as I was recovering, my nurse commented that it was ‘amazing’ that I was able to walk so well.  This suprised me for a couple of reasons: 1) this is the natural state.  delivering the baby with the water allows less friction on the baby and allows for faster delivery; the sudden expansion also allows for an instantaneous, elastic bounce back of the maternal pelvis.  the wildebeest on the Serengeti plain plops out the baby in one instantaneous gush and in  2 minutes both mother and baby are able to pick up and run away from predators; 2) I suspect that nurses are so used to seeing unnatural that they do not recognize the ideal, normal, natural state.  With the first baby, the pitocin mechanically used my baby’s head to open up the pelvic passageway – bad for  the baby and bad for me.  She ended up very colicky, which I think is headache.  It took a week for me to walk normally.

So now I am able to rethink: even without meds, the most natural ideal delivery has to occur with the sac intact.  Without the fluid frictionless buffer, intervention and longer recovery are more likely.


#1 Rule for Avoiding C-section!

December 19, 2009

“Go on honey, it’s okay, have some more.  You’re eating

for two.”  This supportive statement, however

well intentioned, is a one-way, fast-track ticket

to a C-section!  I chastise my husband, “No, I am

eating my usual, the baby and I are splitting the

meal! ”  The number one reason for C-section is FTP – failure to progress.  The baby is not coming out.  Why?  the pelvis is not wide enough to accomodate the great big giant melon of a head.  Bad things happen we try to force this.  The answer is prevention.  To prevent this, we should be eating the right foods in the right amount.  At 38wks, we did a 3D ultrasound of my second baby.  The estimated weight of my second was going to be 8lbs.  For an average (by American standards) sized 100% Vietnamese woman (narrow, slender hips)  I was hoping for a 6lber on  my first. Nope, didn’t happen.  Eight would even be unnaturally large.  Scared of complications and the dreaded C-section, I did some last minute changes to my eating habits.  No processed foods.  Only fruits, vegetables and noodle soups.  She came in under 8lbs, 2 ounces less than the first, 1/2 in shorter, with amniotic sac intact, shorter active labor and quicker recovery.  This was an ideal, natural state delivery and very close to a near perfect pregnancy (if only i had eaten zero processed foods, the baby would have been somewhere in the 6lb range.)