I think I’d like to have a natural delivery, with no pain medication. Did you and how did you make it through?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I had no pain medication during any of my labors. I think it’s impossible to have a healthy, natural birth when you’re lying on your back and tied up with IVs and monitors. Lying down is the wrong thing to be doing. My secret to making it through labor was walking. I walked until I didn’t think I could walk anymore, and then I walked some more. Along the way, my midwife checked me. I kept walking until I thought that my poop was coming out, but in fact it was the baby. I didn’t want to have the baby in the hallway, so I got into bed and pushed.
Also, I think you have to have your mind ready for labor. Understand that it’s going to be hard, but of course you can do it.
It also helps to have someone who you really trust in the room with you during labor. There’s going to be a point when you’ll think to yourself: I can’t do this. That’s when you look into the eyes of that someone you really trust, and you put your soul in his or her hands, and you keep pushing. And then you have the baby.
–Hana R. Solomon, MD, is a mom of four, ages 35 to 19, board certified pediatrician, president of BeWell Health, LLC, inventor and entrepreneur of Nasopure Nasal Wash systems, and author of Clearing The Air One Nose At A Time, Caring For Your Personal Filter.