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Asked by hondagirl12

Q: Natural birth or Epidural?

Okay so this is my first pregnancy and I'm so scared to get a epidural because I hate needles!!! But I just want every ones opinion on either one and how your experience went. Thanks so much!! :)

This question was asked Aug. 28, 2012 5:54pm
Category: Labour & Delivery

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Answered by a member - Nov. 21, 2012 5:28pm
There's no way in hell I'd everrrr use an epidural. Birth is supposed to be so natural and besides epidurals are very bad for the baby. I never used anything with my first baby, now i am pregnant with my second and I won't this time either. An elderly woman told me "You created your baby now don't punish the child with those drugs for the pain you created". I kind of liked it even though it sounded a bit harsh haha

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Answered by Brittany0915 - Aug. 29, 2012 11:18pm
lol am i comparing a tooth to a baby...well not exactly! what im trying to say is alot of mothers feel guilt after childbirth if they get an epidural, including myself. I had epidurals with my first 2 and went natural with my 3rd. but i did have that guilt for caving and getting the pain meds the first 2 times around. after being hard on myself afterwards, my mother was quick to console me and said "hunny, people get numbed when going to the dentist these days, dont feel bad for doing the same for childbirth" but i will say i felt amazing after the drug free delivery, and will be doing it again! best of luck everyone,with whatever choice you make

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Answered by Brittany0915 - Aug. 29, 2012 11:18pm
lol am i comparing a tooth to a baby...well not exactly! what im trying to say is alot of mothers feel guilt after childbirth if they get an epidural, including myself. I had epidurals with my first 2 and went natural with my 3rd. but i did have that guilt for caving and getting the pain meds the first 2 times around. after being hard on myself afterwards, my mother was quick to console me and said "hunny, people get numbed when going to the dentist these days, dont feel bad for doing the same for childbirth" but i will say i felt amazing after the drug free delivery, and will be doing it again! best of luck everyone,with whatever choice you make

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Answered by jacksonwest - Aug. 29, 2012 10:32pm
well said hondagirl my apologies for the comment I will get off my soapbox now :-)

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Answered by hondagirl12 - Aug. 29, 2012 10:08pm
Okay lets not blow up my question by being rude or snide to other members answers so far I have really liked every ones answer for the most part, and this was just for me to get others opinions. Not for others to be mean and pick apart what others say. This is just my first pregnancy and I wanted to see what others had to say about their experiences.
And I liked Brittany0915's answer I know that getting your tooth pulled is nothing compared to having a baby. But I liked her example of it. It made sense to me!
So I hope you all have a great day :) Thanks

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Answered by maggie22 - Aug. 29, 2012 9:53pm
why dont you just see how you go???

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Answered by jacksonwest - Aug. 29, 2012 8:34pm
Of course i am not saying all doctors are money driven, but you can't say they are all perfect. I'm sure you're a wonderful doctor but that doesn't mean every woman shouldn't take the time to check out her doctor instead of just blindly assuming he or she is doing everything for the right reasons. I'm not sure if you're in the UK or Canada, but here in the states many things are driven by money, and because of that the best interests of people are not taken into consideration just what makes the most money. That is a fact.

Brittany so you are comparing a tooth to a baby?

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Answered by a member - Aug. 29, 2012 7:07pm
jacksonwest... I know that this is not an answer to the above question but you could not be more wrong about the so called money making motives of a doctor. Yes there are some drs out there that are scum but the majority of them are doing what is best for the patient. They do NOT make more money depending on the epidural or not (the hospital and the anesthesiologist or CRNA pockets the money for the epidural not the OB). Yes they make more money for a C-section (which they should) but it is also capped off by insurance companies. As I am sure you know and are trying to point out, C-sections are in fact on the rise. In general most women are older now when giving birth to their first child, we are more obese increasing the chances for gestastional diabetes and a large baby in addition to many other problems associated with obesity and childbirth which increases the likelihood of a C-section. My husband and I are doctors and I resent that implication that we are money driven.....

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Answered by Brittany0915 - Aug. 29, 2012 6:42pm
dont feel like a bad person or a failure if you go with an epidural. after all, how many people even go to the dentist to get a tooth pulled without pain relief??? compare that to childbirth... dont be too hard on yourself.

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Answered by redhead628 - Aug. 29, 2012 6:37pm
With my first I wanted to have her natural and they did give me pitocin. I also had back labor with her which makes the contractions even more painful. When the contractions were to the point that I could not take it anymore, it was too late for the epidural because I was 9 cm. My next 3 I had epidurals with. I have a really high pain tolerance but my other 3 births were so much better than my first. It's all a personal choice.

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