(Closed) Why not use pain meds for birth?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 62
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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@quierajen:  +1!!! Exactly my thoughts. You must have seen the business of being born!? It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I think I remember them showing “what leads to what”..

Post # 63
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I knew I would get an epidural. I have had terrible menstrual cramps up until after I gave birth! I was prepared for the pain, but I did not want to get to the point of no return. I am not afraid of needles, and I made sure to stay extra still and breath when the needle was inserted. The medicine is not magical. I was pain free from the waist down, but my sides were killing me until I pushed the baby out. After the epidural, I gave birth in 10 minutes or less. My doc said she would “turn the epidural off” if I did not push, so I pushed. I tore, and he was a big baby, so no surprise. I was fully awake and aware, I watched her sew me up down there. I could feel the tugging on my skin but without the pain, as odd as that sounds… This is a personal decision. Folks need to do their research. At the end of the day, labor is a mixture of your mind and body working together. My doc said labor does not need to be 18 hours long, it is about your ability to push (as long as the baby is not having any issues) and I think your preparedness and motivation. She said I could go through labor ten times, hahaha! She was a character, and I said heck no!

Post # 64
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d say do your own research because this thread is bound to get quite emotional. As for me I won’t be getting an epi for many of the reasons other ppl have said. I just don’t think it’s the best thing for me or my future baby. 

one thing to think about: a friend of mine had an epidural and then when whee baby was born he had trouble breathing (not related to epi) so he had to be airlifted to a hospital with a better nicu over four driving hours away. because of the epidural she wasn’t able to be released from the hospital for six hours while her baby was four hours away at another hospital. Her husband ended up going with the baby which is what I would want but I can’t imagine being by myself waiting trobe released while that was going on. 

at the end of the day, all your want is a healthy baby. epidurals are unnecessary and I am afraid also of the spiral of interventions. I’ve also never had to have any kind of anesthesia and I don’t think 6cms into labor would be the place to find out how I tolerate them. 

Post # 65
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am sorry, but every woman who has given birth to another human being should feel a sense of accomplishment!!! It is amazing, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the event. I also do not get this eating and drinking thing?! Many women either vomit or have a bowel movement during labor due to pushing, so I don’t see how having a three course meal is a good idea. I could eat as soon as I gave birth with an epidural. I needed to focus on pushing not having a turkey sandwich… The pain will distract from food urges, I am pretty sure.

Post # 66
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The biggest thing I can say is that every single woman should do her own research. Talk to as many people as you can, read as many books as you can. Absorb as much information as you can find and make your OWN informed decision. 

Just like one diet is not for everyone, one birth plan does not fit all. I think most of both sides of the information has been laid out here so I won’t repeat what I know. But I do want to repeat that every woman should do her own learning and her own thinking. Don’t make any decision a based on one person’s opinion or even this entire thread. Read. A lot. And then think and then read more. And then go forth, based on what you know now.

Post # 68
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Brittanyg20:  Just one point, a midwife can’t give an epidural, a CRNA or anathesiologist has to give it, a midwife can order it. It is only an option for a hospital birth. 

Post # 69
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Bee Keeper

@solidarity:  If I wanted children, I would want a natural water birth, no meds, if possible. My personal reasons for this would be:

1) I have endometriosis. At the age of 11 I was suffering with pain so severe that I was left bed bound/delirious/vomiting etc. As a result I now have a very high pain threshold ; couple of examples would be going to work for 6 hours on my feet, on badly broken toes, and falling asleep during a Hollywood bikini wax because I found it ‘relaxing’ light. I genuinely feel I would be able to cope without pain without drugs. 

2) The only things that eased my endo pain were warm baths and breathing exercises; nothing else worked, not even strong pain killers (I’ve had morphine in hospital for much less severe pain, so believe my when I say my endo pain was so bad that even morphine likely wouldn’t have made any difference). As a result, while I do think painkillers have their merits, and have used them to deal with long-term, less severe pain, for me personally there are other much more effective methods out there. 

3) I like to be in control. I strongly dislike the idea of anything which could make me either feel less in control mentally (eg strong drugs that space you out) or physically (eg an epidural). 

 

A drug-free birth isn’t for everyone; but nor is a medicated birth. Different people have different pain thresholds different people cope with pain differently, etc. I feel very strongly that women should not feel pushed either way and should make their own choices. I also feel strongly that women need to have a flexible approach to childbirth : by all means, plan on a drug-free birth but understand that when it comes to it, you might not be able to cope, and that doesn’t make you a lesser person. Similarly, by all means plan to have as many drugs as possible ; but understand that, for example, by the time you decide you want that epidural it might be too late to do it. 

Post # 70
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Bumble bee

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@solidarity:  You should check out Great Expectations. I found it to be the best, most comprehensive and neutral book regarding pregnancy/birth.

Post # 71
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish I could have had an epidural.  I had pitocin two weeks before my due date, because I was high risk.  If labor and delivery could’ve have been less painful and horrible, my daughter might have had a sibling. 

Post # 72
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We were made to survive delivery. Our bodies naturally do amazing things to prepare us for a baby.  I would rather be in connection with my body and trust that it is capable than use meds as a crutch. 

I am more terrified of a giant needle going into my back than i am having a baby come out my hoohaa.

Post # 75
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Buzzing bee

@NocturnalNymph:  I don’t quite understand how you’ve decide that there is judgement in my post where I simply put ‘+1’ to another bee’s opinion…

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