(Closed) Anyone deliver without an epidural?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I didn’t get to deliver w/o an epidural my first go round b/c I had to have a c-section… boo for hospital births =(

I will be going the completely natural this time with a midwife!!

In prep for the natural way last time though I got a great book called Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way

It was fantastic is helping you learn how to relax and let your body do the work it needs to. If you’re wanting to go the natural way for labor & delivery I would highly recommend looking into the stats on your hospital & cities c-section rate… by law your dr. has to have this info, so don’t let them tell you they don’t know. I would also get a birthing plan done sooner than later and MAKE COPIES, as hospitals tend to loose these.

Educate yourself HIGHLY on pitocin, it’s effects, and the things hospitals push on laboring women…. b/c these things OFTEN lead to unneccesay “emergency” c-sections.

Another option is also to look into a midwife…. their cost is WAY less and they tend to know alot more about natural childbirth than doctors, as most doctors have never seen a natural birth.

OH… and here’s a GREAT tip I just learned from my (soon to be) midwife… eat! And when you get to the hospital tell them you are SOOOOO full! <– this will buy you about 4 hrs before the push for surgery, as they cannot take you back to surgery with a full stomach unless it really is necessary and not just to keep them on their schedule.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m also interested in hearing about the experiences of those who delivered without an epidural.

From a medical perspective, it may be helpful to keep in mind that it is great to make birth plans, but sometimes emergencies happen, and unfortunately following the intended plan can not safely happen (ex. the baby is not getting oxygen).  Please keep in mind that you should pick a medical professional (whether an OB/GYN or a registered midwife etc) that you feel comfortable with and trust.  You want to be able to trust that person if things do not go as planned.

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my bff was drug free for her daughters birth – it was always in her birth plan but she also knew sometimes these decisions are taken out of your hand and she was prepared for that as well, thankfully she didnt need any drugs and was amazing

she was very quite during the labor (bradley??) and very focussed – she had 2 birth partners and we both knew our jobs was to support her and her birth plan. natural water breaking, no drugs, wanted to stand up during the labor, wanted to breast feed etc – she did have some stitches after the labour but everything else she was delighted with

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i love this post and i cant wait to see more answers!!! i am not currently ttc right now…. but ive decided i would like a drug free, natural birth when the time comes 🙂

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m really curious about this too! I was always dead-set on getting an epidural, but then I watched The Business of Being Born, and now I don’t really know what I want, although I’m leaning towards natural (with the understanding that if medical intervention is needed, I will fully accept it). 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@FutureMrsMcK I saw that too, of course 6 years after having my son….which given what I know now I probably would’ve gone with a midwife the first time round…. midwives can see when medical intervention is needed but it’s not like with the hospital where the affects of things like medication they give you end up being the cause for the intervention needed.

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@runsyellowlites: I had to register to post this, but please, PLEASE do not intentionally eat before coming to the hospital, or suggest to others that this is a good idea. As an anesthesiologist, I really do not care if you want an epidural or not for your routine birth, but I REALLY, REALLY do care that your risk of aspiration (which is already elevated simply given your pregnant status) just skyrocketed because you intentionally ate before arriving to the hospital, and now you or your baby needs an emergent C-section. Aspiration leading to prolonged intubation and ICU stays and, most seriously, death, is a very remote, but very real possibility during an emergent C-section, and I would think every woman would want to do everything possible to avoid this. I would also closely scrutinize the motives of any health care provider you gives you the advice to eat a meal to prevent a C-section. I definitely agree that there are more birth interventions than are medically necessary, but there are many better ways to avoid them then by putting you/your baby at increased risk.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had an epidural with my first son and also with my second son 13 yrs later however that one did NOT work.

 I’d love to offer advice on how to prepare but unfortunately I was completely unprepared for going natural. I guess the biggest advice I can give is to be as physically healthy as possible. I was not and I became exhausted very quickly. Exhaustion and pain just made me want to give up.

The end result is the most precious thing you will ever lay your eyes on and you WILL forget all about the pain.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had a natural birth with my daughter and had no problems, I don’t know if I really have any advice though… I just went with the flow!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@paperumbrella: Hmm… I’m just curious about this. While I understand your reasonings behind not eating- my birth center actually has a full kitchen for women to bake/ eat while in labor. It was something I was considering doing while laboring because baking relaxes me/ keeps me occupied. Would you recommend against that?

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@firsttimemom: Well, let me give you a non-answer. 🙂 Is the risk of aspiration during an emergent C-section low? Relatively, yes. Is the risk of requiring an emergent C-section low? Depends on your medical history (have you have previous C-sections, do you have lots of kids, have you had abdominal surgery before, have you had a healthy pregnancy, etc.). Is the risk of aspiration elevated when a patient has a full stomach? Yes.

So really, it depends on how much risk you are willing to assume. If your pregnancy has been otherwise healthy, and your provider has no reason to think you will need a C-section, and baking is relaxing for you, maybe that is a risk you are willing to take. For me, I would avoid eating before labor if possible (of course, sometimes labor naturally starts right after a big meal). My main point in my previous post, was that it is not a good idea to intentionally eat in order to avoid an unnecessary C-section- there are many better, less dangerous ways of doing so.

ETA- I forgot to say good luck and happy babymoon!! 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t had a child yet, but I know that my mother had 3 of her 4 children naturally. My brother (the oldest) is the only one who wasn’t… this was back in 1976 (he’s 11 years older than me) and back then they did something called a “Saddle Block” that paralyzed you from the waist down for a few days. 

Very easy, painless child birth, but not so fun after the baby was born. 

After that experience, my mom refused any medication they offered her. She and I have talked about this recently with my younger sister having children, and while she didn’t stop my sister form inducing or having an epidural, she agreed with me that my sister should have waited to induce. 

(Long story short on the induction: Dr. told her she had low iron, and if the baby was too big from waiting an extra week, then they *might* have to give her a transfusion… Her due date was July 5th. Coincidence? I think not.) 

I personally plan to try for a natural birth when I have children. I know it will be hard (I’m a wuss) but I’m going to try. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had two kids naturaly. My first I was all for drugs, but when I went to talk to doctors two said because of my small size, and reactions to pain killers (I get LOOPY and have to take very small doses) I had a very high chance of C-section. I talked to a naturalpath midwife who delivered in a birth center. She said she was very sure I would be fine. She is trained in turning babies, and her husband is a MD, so he consulted when I had low iron and fought with me to raise it high enough to stay at the birth center. 

I would say PREPARE!! The biggest issue I think is getting too overwelmed. I told my mom during labor that it hurt all right, but it was just floods of anxiety and emotion that was really the issue. I learned how to count meditate, (in one, out two, ect all the way to ten. then start over. Fiance kept me on track even if I threw pillows at him)

Another is you HAVE to move to be comfortable. Laying on your back is one of the most painful positions for me and many I talked to in birth class reunion. Most of us even though we didnt plan it, had water births. I LOVED being able to be in any postion with out pressure points anywhere on me. Only issue is we didnt plan it the first time and I pulled Fiance in so quickly he only got his pants off, and had to hang out in his boxers and shirt.. lol… he gets people who ask why he let me. “WOuld you tell a crazy hormonal women who was shoveing out a 6 pound baby no? I would been killed in my sleep!!” He helped keep me floating and massaging me when I would let someone touch me.

I took a natural class (even though I missed all but the first, going into labor 3 weeks early… opps) and I learned how to instruct Fiance on how to push on my hips, when to help me move, and get around. I would say it helps your peace of mind, and better prepares you on things, but most of the time I was just wingging it and did fine.

Back labor is HORRIBLE and my kids were stubborn. The more I relaxed and let Fiance do a position hip thingy we learned and it was alot better.

My Dr actually all but did force me to drink juice and water. She said the more dehydrated and low on sugar you are the more pain you feel. Also holding your breath restricts oxygyn and make it all more painful.

Sorry so long, but I was a converted naturalpath…lol

OH!! Bonus, I saw my medical bills after and it was about 1/5 my friends in a hospital… didnt realize how expensive hospitals are!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

oh!! Also, I got to go home within 5 hours after, and a mid wife was on call to come over for anything (she said even if it was just to let me cry or sleep) and even though I never called, she checked on me in person 2X a day, and called 2X a day to make sure BFing and all baby stuff was going good. I dont know if all midwives are like that, but it made me feel so much more capable and comfortable at home.

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