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knowledge is power...some things you will be able to control, other things, not so much...i did NOT want a c-section but Baby B did not want to cooperate...best laid plans. was the first time but so not the last. they will be home TODAY for 5 weeks yippee yippee yippee. i'm sure they would say the exact same thing-but check with us in a week. re-entry not always easy.
having them drive in the driveway, safe & sound..priceless
same exact feeling the day they were born, healthy & hearty...priceless
you were meant to be a mother, also priceless

agreed...knowledge is power...I had a csection with our first baby because he was breech, my water broke so there was no option of a version. I was able to do a VBAC with our next 2 babies and the healing was SO much better than with the csection. I think the best mindset is that things don't always go the way we plan, but as long as the baby is healthy, that is all that matters. So happy for you, enjoy this journey :)

I've given birth 3 different ways, all very different. #1 was a long labor with drugs and an eventual spinal block. #2 was a semi-long labor with no drugs and afterwards I felt like I could have gotten up and walked out of the hosptial that day. That was the BEST birth. #3 was c-section(breech). Last two were repeat c-sections. I never had a problem with the sections and healed quickly from them.

You will find out that however your baby's birth goes, it'll be just fine. It's all just a means to an end. And that end is an adorable baby girl!


I agree with all of the previous comments. The most important thing is a healthy mom and baby at the end of the day. I'm an open minded OBGYN but I would never recommend a home birth far from a hospital. Things go well 99 % of the time but that 1 % can be fatal. Just not worth it!!
I'm a believer that if you have an open mind and go with the flow, you will probably get exactly what you wish for!
Good Luck!

Loved TBOBB! Thanks for the recommendation! Really opened my eyes that I definitely dont want to just turn up at the hospital and let doctors decide 100% what will happen. Now I'm on to read Ina May's book!

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