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

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What did you/What will you choose??

    I had a natural birth

    I plan on having a natural birth

    I had an epidural

    I plan on having an epidural

    I had an elective caesarean

    I had a caesarean due to complications

    I plan on having an elective caesarean

  • Post # 17
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

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    @kittyface:  Umm, can your 4 hour laboring magic rub off on me? 🙂 I’m scared I’ll be one of those miserable contractions for days women.

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    First baby is due in May and I’m hoping for natural. However, things like that rarely go as planned so we shall see.

     

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I had an elective c-section.  I had to have a c-section with my first pregnancy because my daughter was breach, and it was a positive experience without any complications so I decided to go that route again with my second pregnancy.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Planning on epidural here. For me it’s a wait and see approach due to my dr’s suggestion. She’s known women to be fine with a natural birth once they are in labor and those who choose to do one and opt out due to the pain. I’m open for anything, though but planning on meds right now. 

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Had a epi with the first one and will have it again with this one. I don’t do pain very well and I get reallly really mean.

    Post # 22
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @Quinlan:  That is him yes. That picture was taken last fathers day. 

    Post # 23
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am planning a natural birth in the birthing center of my hospital, but I am also aware that sometimes complications arise and am open to interventions ONLY if medically necessary.  I see a nurse pracitioner who is also a midwife, and I have a doula as well so I feel as well prepared as is possible.

    I prefer to avoid an epidural because I want to be able to move around freely, and labor in positions that allow gravity to help instead of hinder my progress.  I want to be able to use the whirlpool tub as well, and once you are hooked up to epi, you are often hooked up to fetal monitoring as well (and the fetal monitoring equipment can’t be submerged in water!)  They usually do intermittent fetal monitoring via doppler to make sure baby’s heart rate is still ok.

    I’m also afraid of slowing my labor with an epi, and having to resort to pitocin to get it going again.  I’m sure with an epi I wouldn’t necessarily feel the effects of pitocin-induced contractions, but the baby will and often times the baby’s heart rate will reflect distress because pitocin contractions (from what I’ve read/heard) are strong, intense, and there are shorter & fewer breaks between contractions.

    I’ve also heard of and read about women who ended up with hip injuries because their legs were being pulled back too hard and apart too far, but with the eipdural they didn’t feel that until afterwards. 

    With all those risks, I still think that if labor contractions are too much to bear, or if labor drags on and on and on to the point of exhaustion, I can see where someone would want an epidural (and they’d get no judgement from me at all). 

    Every birth is beautiful, and every woman who can GROW a HUMAN BEING is amazing and beautiful 🙂

    Post # 24
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If I choose to be a mom, I’m planning to request a C-section.  I have a condition called Vasovagal Syncope.  Basically, it’s passing out.  It can occur during times of stress, severe pain, needles, etc. 

    So I’m hoping that once they hear this, they will knock me out and cut me open so I don’t feel a darn thing!

    Post # 25
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I had an epidural, induction and an emergency c-section. I might schedule a c-section if I have another one, based on my history.. I don’t want to risk the baby’s health like that again. I am actually not sure I even want another…

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee

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    @DaneLady:  Yeah those were my reservations about an epi – I want to be able to try different positions and the tub for labor and not be confined to a bed or not be able to eat/drink!

     

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    @kittyface:  4 hour labor sounds great! Hope I can be like that 🙂

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    All the women in my family have had natural births (if they weren’t forced into a c-section for the baby’s sake). 

    I plan on this route. I would even consider at home and a water birth. 

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @mrskrumpet:  In my area, they dont even give epidurals!! You have to travel to a city hospital to get one. 

    And i dont think you should be able to elect to get a c-section unless it is needed for medical reasons.  They cause far more complications than natural births. 

    Post # 29
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I want a natural birth, but if there are risks or the pain gets too much to the point where I can’t take it then I would be ok with an epi.

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @DaneLady:  +1

    Everything DaneLady said!

     

    And yeah, elective c-sections are no offered in my province. The only c-sections available are those that are deemed medically necessary. Fine with me as I would always choose to avoid a c-section unless it’s an emergency.

    Post # 31
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @SnurfMurph86:  

    lol…

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