Labor & Delivery

Questions and stories about giving birth, including induction, natural childbirth methods, getting an epidural, c-sections, VBAC and more.

We’re expecting our first girl in about 5 weeks although we’ve been told we may need to be induced early at 39 weeks (the baby is measuring an average size though). What are people’s experience of getting induced early and any tips/advice?

  • Michelle
    Jan 12

    I was induced two different times. The first time I was told to come to the hospital on a Monday if my daughter didn't make her entrance before. I got induced and had my water broken for me at 8am I had her at 5pm. I had a natural child birth there was some really hard contractions and at times wishing I had done an epidural but glad I didnt. My second was the same if I didn't have h... More

  • Stephanie
    Jan 20

    I was induced with my daughter and full disclosure, I really regretted it. I am 22 wks with our little boy now and I am set on going into labor naturally, unless it is harmful to baby boy. My daughter was born with terrible colic and to me, just did not seem ready. They scheduled me only 3 days before my original “due date”, but I wish I would have let her come on her own. I don’t know why they... More

Anyone want to share labor and delivery stories? Just because I’m bored!

  • Erin
    Jan 02

    Gigi that is a HELLUVA cool birth story! Damn!

  • GiGi
    Jan 03

    Haha thanks Erin! It’s diffidently one we won’t forget.

"There’s a space on the hospital’s template form to write down your “cultural traditions.” Okay. Our cultural traditions include nude gay beaches, a lot of glitter, and rejecting the gender binary. Is that the place to explain that my partner doesn’t identify as a woman? Should we give them our VHS tape of Gender Trouble and ask them to watch it in advance?" https://www.thecut.com/2017/12/giving-birth-outside-the-gender-binary.html

  • Katie
    Dec 14

    I think the suggestion in the comments that they hire a duola is a good one. They shouldn't have to, of course, but given the current climate the lbgtq+ community currently faces, it can't hurt to have an experienced advocate in their corner.

  • Caitlin
    Dec 15

    I love this post! At our birth ed classes, they used the term “birther” rather than “mother”. I know this doesn’t really matter to 90% of the population, but for me it made a huge difference in feeling welcome as a queer parent.

For those of you who had the experience of giving birth in both hospital and a birth Centre, which would you recommend ? Please avoid scary stories but would love to hear an advice , thanks

  • Kelsey
    Jan 12

    Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge is AMAZING!! It is like a birth center in a hospital. They were so caring and kind the whole time we were there and had very nice clean amenities 😊 I delivered there with a midwife from Westside Women's Care in Arvada- I highly recommend them for your prenatal appointments! They are so so so lovely- you can choose midwives or doctors.

  • Rachel
    Wednesday

    I ended up giving birth at saint joes with the midwifes and it was great! They were very supportive on my needs. I took hypnobabies course and my course instructor as my doula and t was amazing . I was able to give the natural unmedicated birth I wished for. Recovery was so much easier! Note that hypnobabies is different from hypnobirth. I found hypnobabies a lot LOT BETTER !

I'm 8 months pregnant next week. I'm really anxious about labor and how everything will turn out.

  • Joey Carlton
    Oct 19, 2017

    See if your doctor or midwife will do perineal massages during labor. I had a 21 hour labor and almost 2 hours of pushing... the stretching/massaging kept me from tearing AT ALL. Hallelujah. I didn't need stitches and I felt normal (down there) within 3 days. I credit my midwife helping me stay stretchy and open during labor, for sure.

  • Joey Carlton
    Oct 19, 2017

    Also, they always say you'll forget about the pain right after and it's all worth it. I never believed them. But it's true, you feel 10000% better as soon as the baby is out. You will have so much adrenaline and within a month youll likely be ready to get pregnant all over again no matter how bad your labor is. 💗😉

I’m 34 weeks and super nervous about labor and birth!!l I tend to have anxiety normally and am worried that it will be 10x worse once the time comes. Any words of advice? Thanks 😋

  • Melinda
    Oct 19, 2017

    Both my births ended up as emergency cesareans, my twins 6 weeks early. My most trusted piece of advice came from my mother-in-law and still holds true with so many things today, years after giving birth. “It won’t last forever.” When I worried about labor, she told me “it’ll hurt and it will be miserable, it might feel like it’s lasting forever, but it will stop. The pain will stop, you’ll hol... More

  • Sabrina
    Oct 19, 2017

    I was scared to death of delivering the first time. I was 37 weeks, and loosing a little bit of fluid. I thought it was just from pressure on my bladder, but after it happening all weekend, I figured I should call my doctor to make sure. The nurse told me to get to the hospital and have them check to make sure it wasn't amniotic fluid. Turned out it was, and there was a risk of infection. I... More

I was amazed to discover the US is sliding backwards on maternal health stats. How can we not be supporting our moms?!? https://hunterwalk.com/2017/08/02/we-are-one-of-just-13-industrialized-countries-with-a-rising-maternal-mortality-rate-christy-turlington-burns-on-fighting-for-healthy-mothers/

Best post partum clothes to wear out of the hospital and day after?

  • Arina
    Sep 23, 2017

    I remember someone suggesting to bring a dress to leave the hospital in case you get a C-section. Also all I wore for a month were nursing tanks. That milk needs to be accessible.

  • Taylor
    Dec 15

    Nursing bra, maternity leggings, warm slippers that can be worn outside, and a loose, comfy top. And a jacket if it’s cold where you are (:

Anyone have a natural birth? With my first I didn't, and with my second I am going to try to. I am so scared though.

  • Vanessa
    Jun 27, 2017

    I just had a natural labor and the main takeaways were: 1- have a great partner in the room that will remain calm and cater to your needs and 2- a lot of it is mental. My husband made a playlist and I sang through contractions- having a distraction helps. Theres this move where someone can squeeze your hips a certain way and it will relieve pressure during contractions too- a nurse could demons... More

  • Bliss Mama
    Jun 27, 2017

    Both were unmedicated and I had a balloon induction with the first and 22hrs of hard labor. That was brutal. Went into my 2nd open to drugs if the pain was too great. 2nd one was fast and I was able to maintain control through most of the contractions. Don't be scared, it's normal to be fearful, but scaring yourself isnt going to do your body any favors. Also, great nurses make a world ... More

Did you know that your zip code may affect whether or not you'll have a C-section? I work for a healthcare company that used insurance claims data to build a C-section predictor tool for pregnant mamas. This tool helps you understand your chances of having a C-section based on geography and key health factors that are possible to know before the delivery (like if you're pregnant with twins, or have any known complications). Check out the tool here and let me know what you think: https://amino.com/c-section/predictor/ Also, full report on our C-section data is here: https://amino... More

Going to the hospital at 5:30am for my c-section. Dropped off my daughter at my in-laws and started crying. I'm gonna be a mess come kindergarten 😂

  • Diane
    Jun 05, 2017

    Congratulations!!!

  • Heidi
    Jun 13, 2017

    Awww! Love how they are eyeing each other! Adorable - congrats!

#LongRead and had me in tears, but an important story. The US has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. It's incredibly scary but important we shine a light on it. https://www.propublica.org/article/die-in-childbirth-maternal-death-rate-health-care-system

  • Sarah
    Sep 19, 2017

    OMG, so incredibly sad and scary! 😭

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2017

    I have a two year old and expecting a second one any day now and I’m totally freaked out 😭😭😭😭😭

Any personal stories would be great. Whether yourself or someone you know. I'm 32 weeks with twins and am considered high risk bc of my age and bc I am having twins that resulted from fertility treatments. I have been feeling a lot of pressure in my um...area. So the Dr checked and I am 2cm dilated and 50% effaced. She gave me a steroid shot to ensure, if babies come early, that their lungs are as developed as possible. My first daughter was to term so the Dr said that was a good indicator that I can carry the twins to term. Well she wants them out at 38 weeks, which 37 is full term... More

  • Alexis
    May 14, 2017

    My daughter was a 32 weeker, and I was given steriod shots to help excelerate her lung devlopment. It was effective immediately; she was born screaming. Only stayed in Nicu for two weeks (no oxygen or complications) just to gain weight. She is now 20 months and tall for her age 33 3/4 inches. Her dad (an identical twin) and I are both preemie graduates! Your twins will be perfectly fine if born... More

  • Ali
    Nov 12, 2017

    I just had twins 9 days ago! I delivered at 37 weeks 1 day! The plan was to be induced at 38 weeks. But baby b didn’t do so well on her biophysical ultrasound that day.

What was your birth experience like? Did you give birth in a hospital? Did you get an epidural? I know you can only control so much but would love to better understand how you made your birth choices, if any?

  • Jennifer
    May 05, 2017

    @kayla I took epidural and pushed my baby out within half a hour with no forceps or vacuum. I pushed so my baby could come out sooner lol

  • Taylor
    Dec 15

    I gave birth in a hospital, with an epidural, best experience ever. I loved that I was able to enjoy the time I was in labor while working hard to bring my baby girl here. One thing I wish didn’t happen was my episiotomy. Of course, you can’t control those things but my baby was going to struggle coming out on her own if I hadn’t gotten one. I like the comfort of knowing that the staff in a hos... More

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