(Closed) EPIDURALS MAY PREVENT POST PARTUM DEPRESSION

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Post # 31
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

kes18:  I was terrified of induction and luckily didn’t need any Pitkin! That makes sense though with not being able to move. I had a complete opposite experience personally. I had a pretty quick labor with an epidural. Got it as soon as I got in my delivery room (I was at 4cm) and 5 hours later was ready to push. It was an awesome experience – I could relax and just enjoy it all. totally respect people who go unmedicated – you couldn’t pay me to do it!!

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

I haven’t had kids yet so I can’t share any personal experiences. But based on the fact alone that birth is a natural process, I find it hard to believe that any sort of pain medication would be BETTER for you.

Having a root canal is not a natural process, therefore I feel is an unfair comparison.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This is interesting.  I’d like to see lots of other factors investigated.  I don’t mean to offend, but in my circle of friends, one chose natural delivery at home with a midwife due to its cost effectiveness.  She had PPD (of course, this is anecdotal and I’m not saying it supports the link or anything).  But what I’m wondering is what other factors contributed to choosing a natural birth – my friend believes her PPD was intensified by their stress over finances and going back to work almost immediately.  Those same financial problems were what pushed her in the natural direction in the first place.

Post # 36
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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jily:  So you haven’t actually read the article? Might be a good idea. I prefer tp read the primary research rather than rely on secondary sources and other people’s interpretation of research. But I’ll do some more looking. It’s certainly an interesting idea but I’m very cautiou about correlational studies, especially those that don’t well control for known confounding factors like c-sections.

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I see two issues right off with the study (I did not pay the $59 to read it but I read the abstract and few other opinion pieces about it.) The sample size is very small and the study was done in China. I’m not well versed in childbirth in China but some basic googling tells me it can be very different that in other cultures. Plus, I may be very skeptical here but they enrolled 214 women and exactly 107 requested an epidural? I’m curious about how participation in this study as a women who had essentially committed to natural birth effected this number. I suspect it’s possible the women may have felt obligated to stick out the natural route when they may have gone with the epidural had they not been participating in the study. While not technically as reliable I think a retrospective cohort study could provide some good information on whether or not an epidural is relate to PPD.

Did anyone pay for and read the study? 

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

jily:  I’m really surprised they found length of labor was shorter for women who got epidurals since so much is said about epidurals possibly stalling labor. It’s an interesting topic for sure! It would be nice to see a study done soon with an adequate sample size. I also wonder if induction plays any role in PPD?

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing! As someone who is almost certain will need a ceasarian, I struggle when some of our friends (we aren’t pregnant so they don’t know this) go on about how they would NEVER use drugs, childbirth is meant to be natural etc etc one of whom included having a ‘drug free birth’ in their birth announcement. It’s good to hear the other side of the story, that it may not all be bad, and move away from the all negative perception of pain relief and the idea that a woman who goes natural is ‘stronger’ And went through a ‘real’ labour. 

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