An Epidural-Free Birth Hospital Birth
After a 20 hour labor, Liesel delivered her son epidural-free at the hospital (and department) where she worked. Liesel battled an OP presentation during labor, with her biggest hurdle being back labor. She stuck it out at home until she was 5cm dilated, and then got admitted to the hospital where she had her doctor break her water. After many position changes, a few doses of IV pain medication, and pushing on hands and knees, she was able to successfully vaginally deliver her son epidural-free. She prepared for her birth by reading countless birth stories, interviewing her co-workers, and studying “Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth”.
Liesel is a labor and delivery nurse from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the mother of a fabulous 2-year-old boy and spends her weekdays caring for him. She works part-time at the hospital she delivered at, and the rest of her free-time blogging on her pregnancy/mommy blog! She started her blog in February of 2018 as a way to educate more moms on the internet about the birth process. After having such a fulfilling birth experience at her hospital, she felt that she wanted to educate other moms in hopes that more women feel empowered and educated about their births, instead of scared and anxious. She has always had a passion for educating women and thoroughly enjoys spreading knowledge and awareness about birth on her blog! You can connect with Liesel on her Instagram at @mommy.labornurse, or at her blog, mommylabornurse.com.
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth
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