Natural Birth In A Hospital With No IV Or Stitches
Author: Mollie M.
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Testimonial ID: 10354-OR
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I was able to have my third child all naturally in the hospital. I was 39 weeks and 4 days into the pregnancy. The baby weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. I required no stitches either.
I followed the book "Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children" by Debra Raybern.
For my prenatal diet, I did the following:
1. I used the AlkaLime supplement nightly for balancing my PH, which helped to prevent acid reflux and heartburn.
2. I drank 2 ounces of NingXia Red twice a day.
3. I drank distilled water with Lemon essential oil added daily.
To prepare for labor, I did the following:
1. For one month prior to labor, I used ClaraDerm Spray daily on my perineum after using the bathroom to help prepare to stretch and not tear.
2. I tried blends with Jasmine essential oil in them to encourage labor. They did help start labor, as I had 5 days of labor contractions 10 minutes apart. I was able to sleep, talk, drive, go shopping, and go to church through all these pains.
When my labor picked up to 6 minutes apart, we drove an hour to the hospital. The contractions had then moved to one minute apart. I was having more pain and was having to focus on breathing through the contractions. Once in the hospital, the nurses checked, and I was 100% effaced and dilated to 4 cm.
I then had my husband apply the "labor blend" of essential oils suggested in the Gentle Babies book to my ankles and to the top of my belly:
4 drops Helichrysum
4 drops Fennel
2 drops Peppermint
6 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Clary Sage
Then my water broke about 5 minutes later (never before had my water break on its own). The nurse then entered and said that I was progressing faster. She checked and found that I was at 8 cm dilation, so she immediately made a phone call to my doctor.
Then within 10 minutes I was ready to push. The nurse came to check, and she had to grab another doctor from the hallway to deliver. My labor went so fast that my doctor did not make it in time to deliver my baby. I checked in to the hospital at 7:15 PM, and my baby boy was born at 8:59 PM.
The doctor on call delivered the baby, and he could not believe that I did not tear; nor did I need to be cut. This doctor also remarked about how healthy the umbilical cord was and that I was a healthy mama.
I asked to not receive the IV to help reduce the size of the uterus; the hospital staff honored my request since I was doing so well. I was also able to get up from the bed and take a shower afterwards to feel refreshed and clean. I was released within 24 hours of giving birth.
Note: I used ClaraDerm Spray after birth to help with any perineal discomfort.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: delivery, pregnant, episiotomy, postpartum, birthing.
|Supporting Scientific Study|
|"The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."||Link|
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