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    As a grandmom-to-be I am wondering about epidurals. My DD thinks she would like one STAT when she enter the hospital. Now back in the day many took Lamaze classes and had the baby without drugs. I was one of those and am wondering about the safety both for Mom and baby. Thanks for any insight.

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    I didn't want one, but I wound up getting one after I was in labor for 20 hours and felt like I just needed to rest. It relaxed me enough to the point I had my daughter an hour after I got the epidural. Without it, I probably would have had to have a C-Section. My daughter was 10 pounds 2 oz at birth and I didn't feel a thing.

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    I would not want to have a tooth pulled with out any meds.
    Natural birth was not for me:)

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    As one who once taught LazMaze classes, I can tell you this is the way to go. Why suffer? It does not harm the baby and can allow the Mom to cooperate better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I didn't want one, but I wound up getting one after I was in labor for 20 hours and felt like I just needed to rest. It relaxed me enough to the point I had my daughter an hour after I got the epidural. Without it, I probably would have had to have a C-Section. My daughter was 10 pounds 2 oz at birth and I didn't feel a thing.
    I finally got one too with my 10lb 2 oz baby girl but still ended up with a section. She's a slim 5ft 9in blond beauty now at 24 :)

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    I had 2 and one natural. Epidurals are safer there are risk like anything but rest assured let her do what she needs to do. Why be in pain when you can actually enjoy giving birth.

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    My daughther had an epidural for all three of her children and got along fine. On her first child as one of the Drs. was giving it toher she was doubled over and trying to sit still and was in labor and the Dr. sort of barked at her to 'sit still" , as my hands were going for his throat my daughter gave me the LOOK-DON'T do it Mom, but we both survived her birthing! he he he

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    I had an epidural with my youngest child - 27 years ago. She was born via c-section. No problems with her or with me.

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    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

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    My DIL had babies both ways, one with and the 2nd one without. Now that she's due with #3 (got to get those kids another hobby) she says she doesn't want one again. She said she really didn't like not being able to feel her legs and having to have help with them the first time around.

    I don't think they will do one STAT on her...she has to be dilated to a certain point before they do them or it could wear off before the baby is born.

    Congrats.... I think its harder on us watching& waiting than it is on them.

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    I chose an epidural for my first one after 8 hours in labor and it was a good thing. I needed an emergency C-section and it took 5 minutes for the baby to come out from the moment the decision was made. If I had chosen not to have one they would have had to either knock me out of give me the epidural, wait for it to work, and then do the C-section. If I had not have it, I may not have a beautiful 23 year old daughter today. For my second one I asked for it the second I walked into the hospital and had an emergency c-section again. To me it was more of a preventive measure.

    They say that there are too many c-sections done, but in my case I couldn't give birth naturally because of the shape of my bones. The third one was a c-section immediately.

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    Typically, you have to be dilated to a certain point before you are given one, it can stop your contractions.
    Also, if you are too far along (dilated) when you get to the hospital, they may not give you one LOL if they think you are going to deliver fairly soon :roll: :D:D:D

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    She can get one safely but it won't be STAT lol
    They won't give it to her until she's ready. That depends on dilation.
    I loved having one. They gave me it when I had my second baby.
    I could "see" the contractions on the monitor but didn't feel them :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Typically, you have to be dilated to a certain point before you are given one, it can stop your contractions.
    Also, if you are too far along (dilated) when you get to the hospital, they may not give you one LOL if they think you are going to deliver fairly soon :roll: :D:D:D
    I wish that was always the case. With baby #2, I got the epidural and then they checked me. I was 9 1/2 cm dilated. I waited for 5 hours listening to the heart monitor ebb and flow with every contraction. It was the most nerve racking 5 hours of my life.

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    Sorry I am totally against them! I had 5 boys weighing up to 10bs 13 oz without and I do not remember much of labor~~I think they make newborns drowsy!! I just think natural is the way to go! Just my opinion.

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    I had one with each of my three. on my third the first dose wore off just as it was time to push. I felt everything but it wasn't too bad. the second dose kicked in right after birth in time for the stitching. if ihad another baby I would still get the epidural.

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    Child birth is a personal thing. Everyone's experience is different. Some women seem to shoot out babies without a thought. Some women suffer and need meds.

    All you, as a Grandma, can do is trust the doctor your daughter picked to do the right thing.

    According to my mother, it is much, much harder to watch your daughter go through pregnancy and child birth than to do it yourself.

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    I had natural childbirth --- if I were to do it again -- I'd have an epidural......and a Mai Tai.......and morphine........and and and............ :)

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    Dee, you crack me up! hahaha

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    I am torn about giving advice, after 4 overdue babies and being adament about natural delivery, but having to be induced with all 4, I will say this. If I had to be induced again ,I would have one hands down,if not I would try without it. My Dr. told me that induced labor is stronger and usually more painful.My first was after 3 days of on & off inducing, delivered 8 hrs later,second was at almost 8cm, third was almost two late and 4th one I finally decided that my body liked to stay pregnant and needed all the help it could get , so I got it at 3 cm and WOW what a difference, I told the tech to give me just enough to knock the pain , but that I could still feel, he nailed it. I was able to rest in between contractions and work when I had the contraction and could still feel a little, I got it all, that time; the mirror,one of the new beds with the hand holds in the bed center and was able to truthfully enjoy the whole birth process. That said I do believe that it makes the babies groggy because with my third where the epidural was almost to late , he was more alert and nursed stronger and longer compared to the others. Sorry so long and hope it helps. :-D

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    I like the Mai Tai idea! LoL! I had 6 kids and had all but the 2nd with an epidural. She was el'natural. I had no problems with any of it.

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    I don't like the thought of someone sticking a long needle into my spine!!! although i dont' remember my son's birth. heaven knows what they gave me. but it wasn't a spinal. I hadn't slept for a week due to labor pains. perhaps i fell asleep? Hmmm.

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    It is understandable that you are nervous, but it is your daughter's decision, not yours, so do be careful what you say. (This goes double on issues about breastfeeding!)

    As for your own worries, there are upsides and downsides for everything but, in the vast majority of cases, epidural is very safe, and the knowledge that it is available is enormously reassuring to moms-to-be who have been frightened by Hollywood depictions of childbirth or other horror stories which people just cannot zip their lip about..

    There is no real reason to worry because, if your daugher is contra-indicated for one, she won't get one, no matter how loudly she screams for one (I was that soldier). I have delivered with and without and I think it is a great thing that there is a choice for women. Some people suffer greatly in giving birth, some don't- she may not have one on the day, but it sounds like it is important to her to feel that one will be available, so I would advise you not to undermine that- she has very likely weighed up the pros and cons herself with her care providers before making her decision.

    Enjoy your grandbaby.

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    totally against them too! had one.....22 years ago but it was terrible. In later years another doctor told me that from what i described they went further in than they should have and basically I had a spinal.....and was not kept laying down. I suffered for weeks afterwards with almost unbearable neck and back pain and a new baby. I had 4 more completely natural and they were a piece of cake. Complications with #6 required emergency c section and being knocked out.

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    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.

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