I would not recommend epidurals.

Kat - posted on 10/18/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi,It upsets me to know how many women swear by epidurals but they are not the answer to the releif of pain,yeah it might take away the intense pain of contractions and giving birth,but thats what its all about experiencing child birth-isnt it?Gas and air works just as good and only lasts for a few minutes and you dont have to recover from it,why dont i agree you ask,it is because my cousin at the age of 25 died from having an Epidural inserted into the wrong part of her spine and it killed her,she didnt get to see her baby . and a baby who doesnt get to ever know or see his mum.So please think before you jump in to having that pain release because it might cause so much more pain for that baby to grow up without his/her mum.Please consider wisely,if you need an epidural due to c-sections then so be it,but please if you get to have a natural birth, think about it.

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Brooke - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting kat:

I would not recommend epidurals.

Hi,It upsets me to know how many women swear by epidurals but they are not the answer to the releif of pain,yeah it might take away the intense pain of contractions and giving birth,but thats what its all about experiencing child birth-isnt it?Gas and air works just as good and only lasts for a few minutes and you dont have to recover from it,why dont i agree you ask,it is because my cousin at the age of 25 died from having an Epidural inserted into the wrong part of her spine and it killed her,she didnt get to see her baby . and a baby who doesnt get to ever know or see his mum.So please think before you jump in to having that pain release because it might cause so much more pain for that baby to grow up without his/her mum.Please consider wisely,if you need an epidural due to c-sections then so be it,but please if you get to have a natural birth, think about it.



child birth is about meeting that child that you have waited 40 weeks to see!! I had an epidural and im just fine!! unless you have experienced it then I would think you would have no knowledge of what it is really like..



In my personal situation I had to have one, I didn't want to but I had been in labour for 5 hrs and had only dilated 2cm, the contractions I were having were way to strong for the stage I was at. From the contractions I had no energy and the chance of me having to have a c-section were becoming more likely if i didn't get that epi, as soon as I had it I fell asleep and at 5:30am I woke up and started pushing at 6am. The chances of something going wrong are very low...



many women dont ask for one they are told to get one for medical reasons, most rather suffer through the pain if they think they will manage...



 

Iysha - posted on 10/19/2009

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I am so sorry to hear that and I understand you feel the need to warn other moms to be about the occurances that can happen when getting an epidural. Most of the time, the women who receive epidurals do just fine but, like anything else, there are big risks. Just getting pregnant is a risk in itself. You never know how things are going to turn out...you just hope for the best. Again, sorry for your loss.

Kat - posted on 10/19/2009

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Im not trying to scare anyone,im writing how i feel.Its like people have scared me to death over this swine flu to tyhe point my kids are noy going to school,but no one has supported me on that,so why knock me for saying how i feel.

Leah - posted on 10/18/2009

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That's so sad, but unfortunately it's a risk which people enter into when giving birth. There are a number of complications that could happen during child birth but we still fall pregnant.
I had an epidural because I had a c-section, but before I knew I had to have one an epidural was a big part of my birthing plan.
I have never understood "wanting to experience the pain of childbirth". No one is going to shake my hand and tell me good job for going drug free.
I don't think its fair to scare first time mums into not having an epidural. Their doctors will tell them all risks associated and the decision should be left up to them.

Tiffany - posted on 10/18/2009

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Not trying to be rude.. or 'knock' what you have to say.. but this is extreeeemely rare.. I dont think its right to put the wrong idea into peoples heads. And all I know is that I couldn't have given birth to my daughter without the epidural..

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I agree that this is a little harsh. I had no drugs at all, but I don't think it's fair to scare people. I understand that you are probably upset, but something like that happening is very rare and sounds like she had an anesthesiologist that didn't know what they were doing. Some woman have to have epidurals for c-sections and saying something like this will be frightening to them.

Donna - posted on 10/18/2009

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Women also die giving birth! I understand what your saying but some women DO actually need the epidural like i did and i have absolutely have no regrets, my baby was having a hard time getting out due to his head being turned to the side, 3 1/2 hours of pure pushing i'm glad i had the epidural as i wouldn't of had the strength do do it any other way.

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