(Closed) Interesting article on epidurals

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I read that the other day and liked it. I had a natural birth because I cried thinking about a needle going into my back.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with you that the author didnt address the side of effects of epidurals so I dont see this article as being true to the title of THE TRUTH ABOUT EPIDURALS

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Very interesting article. I’m constantly being bombarded with the horrors of the epidural, how the baby would be all drugged up, the mother wouldn’t be able to push, it’s more likely she’d have to get a c-section.  I vaginally delivered a healthy, pink screaming baby in 20 minutes flat and felt great after. Good to see an article that doesn’t play to the oh so popular horror story angle.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@paperumbrella: Its an interesting read but it did not provide enough scientific information.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree it’s not very scientific and the author speculates about flaws that may or may not have effected the outcome of the studies she read, but I definitely agree with her statement that women should not be pressured either way. I like this as a “my experience in making my own birth decisions” article, but wouldn’t use it as a resource in determining the safety of epidurals. Although I like her style, do your own research and draw your own conclusions… I think the title is terribly misleading.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Cool article and honestly helped ease some of my fears.  I am in the no pain is a gain camp.  I have seen enough “a babys story” on TLC to see the difference between a natural and medicated birth, I will take the later.

One thing that I am scared of is the narcotic they give you, I don’t want to be loopy at all.  For those that had Epi’s did you ever feel “drugged up”

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@panterapeach: You can turn down the (I forget what it’s called) IV thing that administers strong pain meds intravenously. I did not feel drugged up with the epi. You only feel it from the waist down. It let me sleep after 24 straight hours of laboring, and feel refreshed when I woke up to push. Experiences can always vary, but it’s not like taking an IV of morphine to your veins or anything.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Moja Milosc: I liked it because the writer was telling people to do what they thought. I wouldn’t rely on a Slate article to give me everything about epis simply because she’s not a doctor, nurse, or scientist. It just seems that there are so many people saying you must have a birth this way because it’s best that it’s nice to see an article saying do what’s best for you.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

It’s surprising how little research is done on such a common intervention.  

Here were my side effects.  The epidural or something associated with it absolutely stopped my contractions, there’s no question in my mind about that one.  I went from having nonstop contractions on the monitor to zero contractions.  Baby’s heartrate changed pretty soon after the epidural and I went on oxygen. I did feel a little loopy at first but felt pretty normal after a bit (maybe 1/2 hour or so).  I got itchy, but not all that itchy.  So much fluid retention in my butt and legs once they started IV fluids.

Labor was a lot easier after I got it, I could talk and joke.  3 pushes and baby was out and breastfeeding went easy as pie.  

That’s why I checked forums so much because pregancy ad baby research I think is super sub par, even for common interventions.  So reading people’s actual experiences helped me make an informed decision.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@panterapeach: Nope. I just felt pissed b/c I thought the pain would go away…nope. No sleep for me! But then I had back labor, maybe that’s why.And I wore the little pump more meds button out.LOL (IV?)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@panterapeach: only time I felt ‘out of it’ was with the contractions – I had crazy back labor, baby was sunny side up. The contractions were so painful I felt like I was going cross-eyed, I was stuttering, I felt like the room was spinning. I got an epidural and all that went away but I could feel my belly tensing up with the contractions, I could feel myself push but no pain. Good thing too because of his position, he needed to be vacuumed out and I needed an episiotomy (a mediolateral one, so I was cut sideways – yikes). Because of his position my other option was csection, I was only able to deliver vaginally because of the epidural. So I had a great experience with it. Oh, and I never felt a needle in my back, not even a pinch. 

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