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    Senior Member Anna.425's Avatar
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    Most of all I think each woman needs to be comfortable with her own process so I try not to comment.

    I had my babies at home with a midwife. I always knew that would be my choice however DH was in the Navy with our first pregnancy. The hospital had some pretty midevil mandatory practices that I could not agree with. Homebirth got us around that. My personal belief is that birth is a natural process that doctors have made a medical one. If a woman needs medical assistance then whatever she needs is okay but if a pregnancy is natural and normal then let it progress that way. I also had a high school friend who was permanently paralyzed from a botched epidural. After that I knew that I could never sit still and allow someone to stick a needle in my spine. Both babies were born at home, neither had needless drops put in their eyes, neither were ever away from DH or I, DH was the first human touch they felt at birth. DS slept through the night at 2 weeks old and DD slept through the nigh at 3 weeks. They were peaceful, happy babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denise d
    Had one with both of my kids.... did not really need it for either.

    If she thinks she wants one, absolutely get one. I just recommend having an open mind and seeing if it is as bad as she thinks it will be
    I agree...I would wait to see if it's really necessary.
    I think a lot of first time mothers are amazed at how soon they "forget" labor pain. I wouldn't recommend it early in labor as it sometimes stops the process. But whatever she is comfortable with should be the guage.

    I am another who went through over 20 hours of pretty good labor with a pitocin drip added on to find out that my son was transvers with his head wedged in my hip. Finally got the epidural and my son was delivered with forceps ... yes I do know that they are not used now, but I knew my doctor was experienced with them with no problems and my son is just fine. I'm sure today I would have been whisked off for a c-section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nellie
    i would leave that to the doctors to say.all you can do really is be there with her and watch her who knows maybe your daugther will have a fast and easy delivery every woman is different in child birth only they can really say for sure whats best for her and baby.
    Yes, I agree. She is in Denver and I am in NH, just trying to stay up with the time. This is her show and the medical team will do what is best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    they didnt do them, that i remember, when i hsd mine. when my girls had theirs i thought it was the whimpy way to go. a nurse set me strait, all 8 grndkds came with epi. why be in pain if it is not necessary. these days the delivery can b a very pleasant experience. so why not? it is completely up to mom. i just heard about birthing in water, sounds interesting.
    On another note...when our second child was born, her birth was a c-section because she had sommer-saulted and stuck in a transverse lie (sideways position) and there was no way she'd turn back. One of my brothers-in-law told me I "took the easy way out"....Then his wife had the rest of their children by c-section...My SIL agreed...NOT easy, but safer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommaB
    A "spinal" and an "epidural" are not the same!!! I would not have a spinal, as I think this is injected through the spinal covering, while epidual just go into the space next to the nerve..someone with more medical knowledge than me can explain it!! I know severe headaches may result from spinals as well as other dangerous complications. I had 2 c-sections and 2 epidurals and hours and hours of labor before hand. Its a really personal decision, but there's no need to fear an epidural. Thay can turn a very negative experince into something very joyful. It all depends on the person having the baby!!
    The spinal canal is covered by 3 layers, called the meninges. The arachnoid, the Dural and the epidural. (Sorry if I misspelled). A spinal block puts the anesthetics directly into the spinal canal after the needle has gone through all 3 meninges. The epidural puts the anesthetic in the epidural space before it reaches the canal, in the epidural space. The difference here is minimal, but the epidural goes not as deep. In any event, at the lumbar level the spinal cord is almost finished.

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    you know i thought the same thing i took no drugs with any of my deliveries(that was the way back then 30 yrs ago) but as soon as i saw my daughter in pain i said take the drugs there is just not any good reason to be in that much pain. with that said with the second grandchild the baby came so quick 5 min after got to hospital there was no time and she said if she knew how much better she would feel the next day she would not have had the epidural the first time.

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    My daughter had an epidural with her first child five years ago, and it was terrible. It did not work at all. They said it was because her labor pains were in the back. She had a long, hard labor. The doctor was advising a C-section, but she did finally give birth naturally. She is a very healthy young woman, but she was in the hospital for a week due to high blood pressure and then pneumonia. I (being the Mama) think it was because she had just a hard labor. She is pregnant again now and due in May. I'm wondering how she will do this time - sure hope it is easier than the last time. - Cynthia

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    All my girls were late - had to be induced for the first two - no epidurals - no fun! I had a different OB for the 3rd - first he told me about the Castor Oil cocktail - 2 ozs each of oj, castor oil, vodka - to get labor started (my third was 10 days late, and I would have had to have been induced again). I had one, minus the vodka, at 8am - just got VERY cleaned out, no labor. Had a few sips of one with the vodka at noon - 1 hour later in good solid labor. He suggested an epidural - Yahoo - loved it. He had to interrupt my husband and I watching Wheel of Fortune to deliver daughter #3. No pain, lots of gain!

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    To me it isn't about what is trendy or in style for the time, it is about what is better for mother and baby. No drugs is better for baby. Recovery is faster and easier for Mom with no drugs. It's a natural process that is too often interfered with. That is different than when mother and child need medical intervention because there is a problem.

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    I took Lamaze classes with my first 2 and the third was such a surprise, 13 moinths after the second, there was no time. I never had any drugs, and I credit the relazation techniques learned at the class for being able to do all that without meds. I've used the same techniques over te years for other painful procedures
    I went from being in labor 20 hours with the first to practically having my daughter in the labor room
    With all 3 I went from being dilated 3 cm to 10 in 3 minutes, there was no time for pain meds

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