\BHBBC: Was this your first pregnancy
Samantha: Actually my 3rd!
BHBBC: What type of birth were you hoping for? How did you prepare? Did you take a class?
Samantha: I was hoping for a non medicated all natural delivery.. I read up/watched alot of youtube. And recieved awesome informative advise from my Doula Mallory.
BHBBC: How did labor begin? How many weeks were you?
Samantha: I was awoken at around 3am with slight cramps, but I just knew it was that time! I was 39 weeks that day. And was actually scheduled for labor that morning!
BHBBC: What did contractions feel like?
Samantha: Honestly like bad menstrual cramps
BHBBC: What did you do during your labor?
Samantha: I used a birth ball and had my doula and husband message my back cramps with tennis balls. Seriously best thing ever!!
BHBBC: Tell us about your birth team. Did you have a doula?
Samantha: I did have a doula, Mallory! She was awesome, she made the environment so calming/relaxing. I wasn't anxious or scared like my previous labors. I wish I could have had her there for my other two! Highly highly recommend.
BHBBC: What did you think about during labor? Was certain imagery helpful? What helped you cope?
Samantha: Well it was my first time not having pitocin, so I feel like I was able to think clearly. During contractions I'd focus and when I wasn't contracting I was laughing and talking.. I'd have to say what helped me the most was the support I had from my husband, my nana the nurses and Mallory. It was truly an amazing birth.
BHBBC: How long was your labor? How long did you push?
Samantha: I believe 2 hrs. I dilated super quick and maybe pushed for 30 minutes.
BHBBC: What will you do different if you have another baby?
Samantha: Make sure to have a doula!!!!!!
BHBBC: What was your favorite thing about birth-day?
Samantha: Just the amount of love and support I received. And of course seeing my healthy baby.
BHBBC: What advice do you have for expectant parents?
Samantha: Try to have an all natural labor. No pitocin! And most definitely look into a doula. The amount of support I received was amazing!
Thank you so much, Samantha for sharing your story! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy and achieving your amazing birth!
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