Post # 47
Lets not turn this into a thread full of judgement. This about providing stories of experience to those that are planning to go natural or plan on an elective cesarean or don’t know what they are going to do even.
Post # 48
+1. A lot of women I know, and have seen on this thread, that plan on going natural are actually married and are very educated…. everyone should do what is right for their pregnancy. One thing that did happen when I got the epidural, LOs heart rate dropped and they put me on oxygen to get it up again. I wasn’t too scared when it happened, I have read about that happening and I trusted the nurses. She was fine obviously, but it is another thing that can happen with an epidural.
Post # 49
I’m just saying there is no right or wrong way. Not trying to start an argument. There are different ways and what’s best for everyone is different.
Post # 50
I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a moment.. and contradict almost everyone comments that I’ve read.. Yes C-section is a major surgery, but just like you’d choose to get a hernia repair or you’d choose to get breast augmentation I feel like you should have the choice. And natural births are not without their fair share of complications whether immediate – breach, cord wrapped around the baby’s neck, difficult/prolonged labor, tearing or episotimes and yes even death from a natural birth or long-term incontinence, vaginal prolapse there are pros and cons to either way. To each their own and I feel like that should be a choice made between your doctor and your significant other.
Post # 52
My little guy did most of the work! I was watching movies and not feeling any pain; the nurse asked if I was feeling any pressure, and I said maybe, but I wasn’t even sure of that. She checked and his head was right there! She freaked, got the doctor, and I had my son 20 minutes later.
Post # 53
That research had a lot of limitations.
“These data are limited by a lack of information on other forms of pain relief. The group of women who did not receive epidural/spinal anesthesia is a heterogeneous group who may have received other forms of pharmaceutical pain relief, used nonpharmaceutical methods, or did not use formal pain relief.
Women who received epidural/spinal anesthesia during labor but ultimately had a cesarean delivery were excluded from the analysis. Thus, this analysis likely underestimates the proportion of all labors that involve epidural/spinal anesthesia.
These data are only representative of the 27 states included in this reporting area and are not generalizable to the United States as a whole.”
Considering that the data are not generalizable to the US as a whole, I definitely wouldn’t use those stats to generalize women as a whole (especially considering this international board!).
I agree, there is no right or wrong way – every woman’s body is different and not everyone experiences labor and delivery the same way.
Post # 54
I hate you…. haha kidding. That is awesome.
Post # 55
i’m just gonna wing it. i know i want to try natural, but i won’t refuse an epidural if the pain gets too bad.
Post # 56
As of right now my plan is to get an epidural. I’ve been told due to health reasons I may have to be induced early. I’m 17 weeks now . I had diabetes pre pregnancy (it’s very much under control) and the doc has said due to my diabetes and the risk for having a bigger baby I may have to go early. I’d like to keep my baby in there as long as they need to so we’ll see.
Post # 57
I have no qualms about getting an epidural. I’m kind of a wus lol. Although I have hypertension already (not pregnant) so I have no idea if that will affect my need for a c-section or not. I don’t think you can have an elective caesarean here unless you already had one previously.
Post # 58
We just started TTC, but I’ve thought long and hard about this subject. I plan on using a midwife and to have natural water births in the hospital with no pain relief unless there are complications, which require otherwise.
Post # 59
There is a similar study with similar results based out of Canada: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22918025
And other first world countries.
No study is perfect, but that’s why we have sampling theory.
I’m not trying to promote the use of epidurals, I’m simply trying to highlight some scientific research on what the actual rates of usage and correlations with maternal characteristics are.
Post # 60
Planning a natural birth. Epidurals can mess with the mum and baby and make it more likely that forceps or vonteusse are needed.
Post # 61
” 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.”
same here! i hate needles and i really don’t want one stuck in my back like that. i’m planning for a natural birth but i’m open to other options if it’s needed.