julies1949: I LOVE you. No hating here. Some envy, yes, but that is awesome!
I *attempted* a drug free birth…so please disregard if you feel, but I can share experience on the other pain meds used.
First, I was induced due to my daughter being IUGR (I had kindey issues that caused a lot of stress on my body, which made her stop growing). At 38w 4d, I had gel inserted to ripen my cervix.
I went back to the hospital 6 hours later. I had made no progress, so they inserted more gel and admitted me for the night.
I wanted to avoid pitocin and a c-section more than ANYTHING, so I walked the hospital stairs for HOURS. That evening, while they were monitoring me (I didn’t feel like I was having much for contractions), my water broke, and things got crazy FAST. When my water broke, I was 3-4cm. The nurse told me to try to get some rest, but things were so bad that there was no way I could sleep.
I tried the shower for pain relief, and it did nothing. They brought me a ball, but I didn’t get to use it before the felt it was time for me to go to L&D.
Things were so painful at that point that everything I tried to deal with the contractions was NOT working. I didn’t realize I was progressing so fast, and thought “if I can’t deal with pain like this at 4 cm, how the hell will I get to 10???”
So I told the nurses to order an epidural (they knew I didn’t want that so, they got me to try nubain and gas first).
Nubain..worked minimally. Once I had used that max of that, they gave me gas, which the nurse told my DH, “it does’nt really do anything, it just gets Mom to focus on her breathing” lol
When my epi arrived, no one had checked my progress since the first check after my water broke. While he was prepping me, I felt my body want to push, but honestly, I wanted relief so badly, that I didn’t say anything.
When the epi was in, they checked me and I was at 10cm….so the epi was pretty well turned off as fast as it was in, and I had to wait an hour to push, since I could feel NOTHING.
That labour, from the time my water broke, was 6 hours.
I’m pregnant again, and I am most-definitely aiming for a drug free birth. I know what I am in for, and it’s incredibly painful, but I know I can get through it now, since I got so close last time.
Good luck with your birth! I hope it goes how you want 🙂