Monday, June 29, 2009

Natural Child Birth

Some of you might think I am crazy, but I think this is a great idea. I had a natural birth with my first and a walking epidural with the second. I don't think I felt that much pain until I was about 5 centimeters. I went from 5 to 10 in a matter of minutes with both kids. So, I am going to check with insurance and see how the epidural is covered. If it's 80/20 I may opt out again. We'll see when the time comes. I am paying so much money to see a specialist every week right now. The total bill will be around $5,000 if everything goes well from this point. If this birthing option mentioned below was available here, I would try it. Do you think I am crazy? Has anyone else had a natural child birth?

FROM NBC: C-section rates are skyrocketing - and so are the costs for delivering a baby. Now one south Florida hospital is hoping a spa atmosphere might coax women into taking a more natural approach. Diana Gonzalez has the story. The lights are dimmed in this special labor and delivery room ... There is soothing music and pictures ... Flameless candles next to signs with encouraging messages.

The new natural birthing suite at Memorial Hospital Miramar was conceived by two nurses.
Registered Nurse Luisa Shulruff said, “ We can give them all the support that they need so that if they have the courage and if they have the will to try to have birth unmedicated that we are here for them." Sandra Droira said, “In this fast-paced world that we have today where everything has to be timed and programed, I think we are losing that allowing nature to take its course." While a growing number of expectant moms are scheduling c-sections, labor inductions, and epidurals... Eliza Pearo has signed up to give birth here without any medications.

Eliza Pearo:Expectant Mom
"Nope. I understand that it's going to be painful but I think it's natural and I'm ready to deal with it." Dr. Eric Freeling, Medical Affairs Director: "It offers the patient the ability to deliver in a natural, calm ambiance ... but also have the backup of the hospital and all of the equipment and the technology and the expertise that the hospital has to intervene if there's an emergency situation."

Operating rooms are just down the hall. So is a level two Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. But Eliza is hoping none of this will be necessary when she gives birth to Naya. Eliza Pearo: Expectant Mom "I believe in my body and I believe having a child is a natural process and when possible you shouldn't interfere with nature."

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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