Natural birth, epidural or elective caesarean. What did/would you do??

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What did you/What will you choose??
    I had a natural birth : (13 votes)
    4 %
    I plan on having a natural birth : (117 votes)
    40 %
    I had an epidural : (27 votes)
    9 %
    I plan on having an epidural : (93 votes)
    32 %
    I had an elective caesarean : (6 votes)
    2 %
    I had a caesarean due to complications : (17 votes)
    6 %
    I plan on having an elective caesarean : (17 votes)
    6 %
  • Member
    360 posts
    Helper bee

    I said I plan on having an epidural (and any other drug they can give me ) becasue I want to elect to have a csection but apprently up in Canada you cant just elect to have one just because :(  

    5298 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I had an epi, I wanted to natural but couldn’t bear the pain any longer. 

    4974 posts
    Honey bee

    Not a lot of docs will do totally elective c sections anymore. It’s major abdominal surgery and evidence based practice shows not having them, and especially not having them before 39-40 weeks because mom is “uncomfortable” or wants to be done being pregnant at 37 weeks is better. Of course it doesn’t take much to make a doc have a c section because it makes easier. I right now want natural but I’m not totally object to epidural, I just don’t want a foley!! I will get a c section if it is actually medically required not because it’s convenient for the doc. 

    233 posts
    Helper bee

    @Quinlan:  I had a natural birth with no pain relief. Here you can’t have an elective ceasarean but I wouldn’t have chosen that as an option even if I could have.

    There did come a point when I asked for pain relief but I was too late. My whole labour was only 6 hours long,afterwards I was glad I managed without anything.

    1461 posts
    Bumble bee

    I wanted an epidural, but I wasn’t allowed one as I was high risk.

    11349 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I plan on having natural birth unless something goes terribly awry. I’m also really tired of hearing, “Oh, you’ll change your mind!” when I say that I won’t do an epidural. I don’t want a giant needle stuck in my back, sorry. I don’t even want an IV because I don’t do needles.

    @mrskrumpet: apprently up in Canada you cant just elect to have one just because :(  

    That’s a good thing.

    1647 posts
    Bumble bee

    I plan on being open to pain-killers if needed, but I have no idea how my body will feel/react to labor and delivery so it’s a “we’ll see” thing for me. Ideally, I would love to go without any interventions, but if the pain is unbearable, there’s no shame in wanting an epi or other pain relief!

    1473 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m planning on a natural unmedicated birth. Hell, I wanted a natural home birth but DH couldn’t get comfortable with the idea. I would say more but probably shouldn’t…let’s just say I work in OB GYN and medical staff don’t necessarily always have you and your baby’s best interests in mind. I’d say convenience often tops the list of priorities.

    643 posts
    Busy bee

    I plan on doing natural but I’m open to an epi depending on pain. I’m hoping to hold out so I don’t have to get one.

    As far as a c-section goes i’d like to avoid that at all possibility, but I guess we’ll see how it goes.

    1850 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @mrskrumpet:  That’s because it has a higher rate of complications. It’s *good* that they don’t allow for them.

    I had a natural birth. I intended to in the first place, and I was only in labour for about 4 hours start to finish so no time for anything, anyway. I’d plan on a natural birth for any future pregnancies as well, but things happen, so I’m open to however it has to proceed.

    6 posts

    I was planning onay vaginal delivery, but my baby was breech and I had a low lying placenta. The risks associated with a vaginal were not worth it. And yes I did try to push for that, but in the end it worked out for the beSt. 

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