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10/14/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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Steph on

I’ve always thought that laying down to push a baby out seems counter-productive in some ways! I ended up with an emerg c-section for my first baby, but that was after my archaic attempt to give birth naturally….was told to hold my breath and push…was told to lay down with feel in stirrups….was told to stay in the bed and not move around during labour…this was in a leading UK hospital at the time. It was so disappointing – considering I’d spent 10 weeks going to this really forward thinking pre-natal group!

Sam & Freya’s Mum on

I agree with the article, from my own experience.

My first baby’s heart-rate dropped quickly so ended up having to have an emergency c-section but with my daughter it went more smoothly thankfully and about 5 hrs from getting to the hospital to delivery here. I gave birth to her on all 4s, at the suggestion of the hospital midwife who knew what she was talking about as it was way more comfortable and quickly did the trick! A more positive experience than with my first child.

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