Epidural vs natural childbirth

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I've delivered 3 children without any pain medication. (even one where I had to have pitocin). I'm pregnant now with my fourth and being that I'm a bit older this time (36...my youngest child is 7) I'm considering an epidural. I've always had a fear of needles in my back and the longer recovery time. However, I've had several friends say they wouldn't go through labor again without one. I'd love to hear from Moms who have done it both ways and get comments and stories.

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Danielle - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had an epidural with my first two children. My oldest son was already 10 days overdue and I had to be indused. The labor was long and drawn out.In fact, all 3 of mine were induced, each time with a faster delivery. The epidural can slow the process a bit. I have a pretty low blood pressure level and my blood pressure drops to scary after the epidural.
Epidurals have a different effect on everyone. With both of mine, about 10 minutes after the injection, I regained feeling on the left side of my body only, So the pain wasn't at the fullest but I could still feel the contractions. My last child was induced but no meds to assist. They simply popped my water and made me walk around the unit until I couldn't stand it anymore. It was too late to have any pain reliever. I must say it was awful, but over fairly quickly. I myself didn't notice a longer recovery between the epidural and natural. I healed quicker with each child. I don't recommend them cutting if they can help it. Cutting only made matters worse for me. I ripped after cutting. It's kind of similar to a sheet of paper. It you pull on a sheet of paper, it had to pull it apart. If you put a small cut in the sheet and then pull, it rips all the way apart.

Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2009

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I want to thank everyone who has responded so far! I have confirmed my original thought that I want to try doing it natural like I've done in the past, but remain open to the epidural if things get to be too much for me. As for answering a few questions, I can't say that each birth was easier. They were all so different. I think my first and biggest baby was the easiest of all! She was the only one without the cord wrapped around her neck, and the only one who didn't get delivered with the aide of the vacuum extractor. And I have to say I've been blessed and have delivered all 3 without an episiotomy or tearing!! Doc says I was made for giving birth (aside from my terrible morning sickness in the beginning that lasts till about 16 weeks). I just pray that this little guy comes fast and easy and doesn't get tangled up in the cord! I'll be trying to make it through another drug-free delivery... I hope my husband can handle it. I didn't mention that he has never done this before... my first three kids are from a previous marriage, and my DH is a bit scared of what will happen in the delivery room. I've told him all about my previous births and he's a bit squirmish about it! I've signed us up for a childbirth class, mostly for his benefit. I hope it helps aleviate some of his apprehension. Anyway, I'm confident he'll be fine, and that he'll be loving and supportive like he always is. I think he'll see it as an amazing experience, like every other first for him in this pregnancy, the sonograms, feeling the kicking, seeing my belly move of its own accord! He calls the baby the little alien inside me! I can't wait for him to meet his son!



Again thanks for everyone's advice, comments, and stories! I love hearing about other mom's experiences!!

Nicole - posted on 05/27/2009

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I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.



My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.



If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)

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Milly - posted on 02/22/2013

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I would suggest Hypnobirthing! I realise this is an old thread but any soon to be mums asking the Epidural vs natural childbirth question, should consider getting touch with the www.hypnobirthingassociation.com They are so helpful and offer a real alternative to the hospital experience.

Ashley - posted on 05/27/2009

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dont do it My first son was born all natural at a birthing center and it was great my twins they practically forced an epidural on me it is more painful than labor and it didnt even take with me I felt every contraction.

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I was 36 when I had my first and I went drug free. You can do it! Especially since you've already had 3....did your labors get easier each time? That's what I've heard but I don't know as I only have one. But I say go for it naturally Momma! I mean, unless you had horrible, painful birthing experiences with the other 3...if that's the case then I say get the epidural. Whatever you feel most comfortable with. I know we're planning on trying for another soon and I plan on going natural again....age is just a number :) Good luck.

Rachael - posted on 05/27/2009

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Oh I forgot to mention I was induced.I did shiver some,too. I'm probably would've have it again.

Rachael - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had an epidural after 4 hours of natural then it was turned off during the delivery. I believe that my body needed the rest in between.I napped and played video games. I had a rough delivery, the cord was wrapped around her neck and through her legs,I ripped to a stage 4 which is almost through to the rectum and the stitching up was horrible. I think this is your decision and you will know what's best for you. Try without and if you need the rest have one.I still had some numbness the next day but they gave me a shot of demerol during stitching,so that may of had something to do with it.I hope you have a quick labor and a wonderfully healthy baby.

Tina - posted on 05/27/2009

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I recently gave birth to my daughter about 12 weeks ago and I received an epidural. I was an induced mommy, so I got pitocin as well, but my epidural experience was not a good one. I actually received the epidural too early and it was very worn off by time hard labor came. So, in essence I gave birth naturally. The actual administration of the epidural was not really bad, in fact I remember the worst part was the stinging of the epidural catheter being inserted. It lasted maybe 10 seconds. When drugs are administed it is so cold in your back it feels like ice water in your veins! Looking back, I wish I would have never had the epidural, but I would never knock anyone for getting it.

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I only have 1 baby so I can't say which is better natural birth vs epidural, but I can say that giving birth to my son, naturally, was the most incredible day of my life. My water broke at 8:30am, my partner and friend brought me to hospital, they checked me out, told me to go home around 11:30am. Around 12:30pm I started feeling the contractions, stronger and stronger, so we went back to hopsital around 1pm. I got to the hospital and I went into the shower. My mom got there around 2 and got me focusing on breathing. Around 3pm I sat on the bed and stood up and said "I have to push!!!" So mom told me to breathe, breathe breathe, breathe with the contractions. I laid down and I breathed with the contractions and my son was born at 3:38pm. My partner was there with us, we held our son together for the time together and there was no more pain. And the pain I did feel... the only way I can describe it... bite your pinkie fingers for 10 minutes, then hook them together and pull apart as hard as you can, and keep pulling... that's the pain I felt between my legs. That same kind of pain, that same intensity and the same relief when the pain disappeared lol

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.

My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.

If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)


It was third one, my son.  My water broke about 10:30 at night so I went in, but had no contractions what-so-ever.  After a little while, Doc decided on pitocin, but I still went through 14 hours labor with him because the little buggar had the cord wrapped around his neck and didn't want to decend into the birth canal.  They ended up assisting the birth with the vacuum extractor.  I always say he was the easiest pregnancy but the hardest delivery.  He weighed 9lbs 4oz...but that's nothing.  My first  daughter who is now 16 was 9lbs 8 oz!  Her labor and delivery was 12 hrs start to finish, only an hour or so pushing.  Second daughter, was only 8lbs 5 oz (a small baby for me!) but I was in mild labor at home for about 2 days before it got intense and by the time I got to the hospital, 2 hours and with a little help from the vacuum extractor she came out with the cord around her neck!  I am proud to say that I've gone through all these without pain meds or episiotomies, and so far am leaning towards aiming for natural but open to the epidural if it gets too bad.  This one is another little boy, so I hope he isn't as stubborn as his big brother, and being a little smaller would be nice too!!  LOL

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.

My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.

If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)


It was third one, my son.  My water broke about 10:30 at night so I went in, but had no contractions what-so-ever.  After a little while, Doc decided on pitocin, but I still went through 14 hours labor with him because the little buggar had the cord wrapped around his neck and didn't want to decend into the birth canal.  They ended up assisting the birth with the vacuum extractor.  I always say he was the easiest pregnancy but the hardest delivery.  He weighed 9lbs 4oz...but that's nothing.  My first  daughter who is now 16 was 9lbs 8 oz!  Her labor and delivery was 12 hrs start to finish, only an hour or so pushing.  Second daughter, was only 8lbs 5 oz (a small baby for me!) but I was in mild labor at home for about 2 days before it got intense and by the time I got to the hospital, 2 hours and with a little help from the vacuum extractor she came out with the cord around her neck!  I am proud to say that I've gone through all these without pain meds or episiotomies, and so far am leaning towards aiming for natural but open to the epidural if it gets too bad.  This one is another little boy, so I hope he isn't as stubborn as his big brother, and being a little smaller would be nice too!!  LOL

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.

My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.

If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)


It was third one, my son.  My water broke about 10:30 at night so I went in, but had no contractions what-so-ever.  After a little while, Doc decided on pitocin, but I still went through 14 hours labor with him because the little buggar had the cord wrapped around his neck and didn't want to decend into the birth canal.  They ended up assisting the birth with the vacuum extractor.  I always say he was the easiest pregnancy but the hardest delivery.  He weighed 9lbs 4oz...but that's nothing.  My first  daughter who is now 16 was 9lbs 8 oz!  Her labor and delivery was 12 hrs start to finish, only an hour or so pushing.  Second daughter, was only 8lbs 5 oz (a small baby for me!) but I was in mild labor at home for about 2 days before it got intense and by the time I got to the hospital, 2 hours and with a little help from the vacuum extractor she came out with the cord around her neck!  I am proud to say that I've gone through all these without pain meds or episiotomies, and so far am leaning towards aiming for natural but open to the epidural if it gets too bad.  This one is another little boy, so I hope he isn't as stubborn as his big brother, and being a little smaller would be nice too!!  LOL

Morag - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had an epidural with my first. It saved my life and hers. If I hadn't have had it they wouldn't have been monitoring me as closely as they were, they wouldn't have seen her suddenly go into distress, and got the resuss team in before she was born...and after where I started to hemorrhage they were able to put a full spinal block in in under 5 minutes and rush me to theatre. After I had her I promised myself though that it was so horrific (not the epidural but the birth itself) that I would never have another child ever again.

Fast forward 8 years later, a new partner and a bent arm, and I was pregnant again in a different country. Spain doesn't have entenox.. no gas and air... Apparently babies born in pools drown, and TENS machines are dangerous and electrocute babies. After a couple of hours, two drips of pitocin, I asked for an epidural as it was the only form of pain relief they could offer as I couldn't have pethedine either. It turned out that there was an emergancy and the doctor couldn't give me the epidural in the end so another couple of hours later, I gave birth completely naturally with no pain relief. It was awful...all I remember was it being horribly painful, but the minute I gave birth I looked at my husband and said I wanted another one.

With my first labour, I clearly remember everything that happened because I had the epidural and wasn't in pain. With my second, the details are blurred because I was in so much pain that was all I could concentrate on. I think its natures way to make us have children. The pain obscurres how horrible labour can be and all we remember is the wonderful feeling of having that beautiful baby placed in our arms for the first time.

In your case...if you have delivered 3 children without any pain meds, I would assume this one will sorta fall out of you... ;) You are very experienced, you know what labour is like... there are complications to epidurals and I think you'd be fine without:)

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.

My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.

If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)


It was third one, my son.  My water broke about 10:30 at night so I went in, but had no contractions what-so-ever.  After a little while, Doc decided on pitocin, but I still went through 14 hours labor with him because the little buggar had the cord wrapped around his neck and didn't want to decend into the birth canal.  They ended up assisting the birth with the vacuum extractor.  I always say he was the easiest pregnancy but the hardest delivery.  He weighed 9lbs 4oz...but that's nothing.  My first  daughter who is now 16 was 9lbs 8 oz!  Her labor and delivery was 12 hrs start to finish, only an hour or so pushing.  Second daughter, was only 8lbs 5 oz (a small baby for me!) but I was in mild labor at home for about 2 days before it got intense and by the time I got to the hospital, 2 hours and with a little help from the vacuum extractor she came out with the cord around her neck!  I am proud to say that I've gone through all these without pain meds or episiotomies, and so far am leaning towards aiming for natural but open to the epidural if it gets too bad.  This one is another little boy, so I hope he isn't as stubborn as his big brother, and being a little smaller would be nice too!!  LOL

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I think it depends on the situation. I have two boys, two completely different experiences. With my first I had to be induced at 39 weeks because of pre-eclampsia. The pitocin kicked in quick and by 5cm I was feeling the urge to push, hyperventilating and feeling like I was dying. Because of my BP I had to lie in bed on my left side so this makes it harder in general too. Since I was having trouble catching my breath, I was worried about my baby not getting enough oxygen and so decided on the epidural. For him, this was best. My body was already worn out from the pregnancy and with the epidural I could allow the contractions to push him down the birth canal. And pushing was a dream this way. I did tear but he was my first and was 8lbs, 7oz. Overall labor was about 8 hours start to finish.

My second was a rapid, spontaneous labor. My water broke at 2:30am and by 5:40am my son was born. Contractions were so much easier and while uncomfortable they weren't mind-numbing painful until transition (don't remember too much of that stage!). Pushing was not fun! Though it did go quickly. Of course he was 10lbs, 9oz. Again, I tore but it could have been because of the previous tear.

If I could choose again, I would go natural but if necessary, I wouldn't hesitate on getting an epidural. (BTW, almost due with my 3rd and due to size, there's a little talk about inducing - which labor did you go through with pitocin and not have an epidural?)


It was third one, my son.  My water broke about 10:30 at night so I went in, but had no contractions what-so-ever.  After a little while, Doc decided on pitocin, but I still went through 14 hours labor with him because the little buggar had the cord wrapped around his neck and didn't want to decend into the birth canal.  They ended up assisting the birth with the vacuum extractor.  I always say he was the easiest pregnancy but the hardest delivery.  He weighed 9lbs 4oz...but that's nothing.  My first  daughter who is now 16 was 9lbs 8 oz!  Her labor and delivery was 12 hrs start to finish, only an hour or so pushing.  Second daughter, was only 8lbs 5 oz (a small baby for me!) but I was in mild labor at home for about 2 days before it got intense and by the time I got to the hospital, 2 hours and with a little help from the vacuum extractor she came out with the cord around her neck!  I am proud to say that I've gone through all these without pain meds or episiotomies, and so far am leaning towards aiming for natural but open to the epidural if it gets too bad.  This one is another little boy, so I hope he isn't as stubborn as his big brother, and being a little smaller would be nice too!!  LOL

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I have only the one so I can't give you my opinion on which is better natural birth or epidural but I can tell you I had a wonderful experience with the epidural. It didn't hurt at all and I was sooo scared that it would. It was very easy to have done and took only a few min. I could still feel the contractions but it was way more managable for me and I was even able to get some much needed rest and I was able to relax which helped move things along. When it came time to push I felt every contraction and knew when to push (some moms say they didn't know when to push because of the epi...I am thinking their drips were turned up to high)



I even felt it when the doctor was stiching me up...that hurt, lol....Jayden was born at 8:26am and I was in the shower cleaning up by 9:00am. I even walked down to my room from the birthing room. So I am def keeping an Epi in mind for my next one. I would like to try it natural but I am not worried if I can't hack it I can turn to the epi.



Mind you this was all just my experience and just because it was such a good one it doesn't mean that all women will have the same results. Just thought I would share it with you just to let you know there are some very good experience out there.

Nicole - posted on 05/27/2009

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Oh, reading others stories I forgot to mention... With my epidural, because I had to lay on my left side, I lost more sensation on one side than the other so I still felt the contractions and could "feel" my body working but the pain was much more reduced. Moving around after was a bit difficult but I was so swollen from high BP and fluids and just plain pregnancy exhaustion. BTW, with my second he had compressed a nerve making it difficult, sometimes impossible to walk after and the nurses kept saying an epidural does that to you. Drove me nuts as I had no pain meds with him and it was his size that made it difficult to walk! :)

Jaimi - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have three children, 10 yrs, 8 yrs and 2 months.. I had an epidoral with my last one, Also i was dethly afraid of nedles and especially getting one incerted into my spine, With the last one, I was induced and the pain was much more aggrasive then I remembered with my two labors. It was nothing.. I was in so much pain from the contractions, I didn't even feel the needle, I remember a little shot and that was it, I felt nothing after that. It was not as bad as I was ecpecting, but it did not relieve me from pain completley, Also I was afraid of being numb, But I could still move my legs, As soon as I got the epidoral I felt the pressure to push and I think it was because I relaxed more from the epidoral that I was able to finish dialating, I also used the epidoral to get a tubal done and I did not feel anything and they also gave me a relaxor so I wasnt' even worried about it, And believe me, I was freaking out about the surgery for nine months before hand. It was fine, I say you've sufferd enough, You deserve an easy labor.

Jaimi - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have three children, 10 yrs, 8 yrs and 2 months.. I had an epidoral with my last one, Also i was dethly afraid of nedles and especially getting one incerted into my spine, With the last one, I was induced and the pain was much more aggrasive then I remembered with my two labors. It was nothing.. I was in so much pain from the contractions, I didn't even feel the needle, I remember a little shot and that was it, I felt nothing after that. It was not as bad as I was ecpecting, but it did not relieve me from pain completley, Also I was afraid of being numb, But I could still move my legs, As soon as I got the epidoral I felt the pressure to push and I think it was because I relaxed more from the epidoral that I was able to finish dialating, I also used the epidoral to get a tubal done and I did not feel anything and they also gave me a relaxor so I wasnt' even worried about it, And believe me, I was freaking out about the surgery for nine months before hand. It was fine, I say you've sufferd enough, You deserve an easy labor.

Minnie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I've had both an epidural birth and an all-natural waterbirth. I would never get another epidural for labor pain relief. I hated the loss of sensation. It felt like someone else was birthing my daughter. I hated birthing on my back with my knees to my chest. It was undignified, and I felt powerless. When they laid my daughter on my chest I had no emotion. I had not gone through toil to bring her into the world- no pain, no sweat, nothing. I had laid in bed, passive, while I ignored my body.

With my second daughter, I labored in a big jacuzzi. I felt the pain, sure, but it was mine, my labor, my work to bring my daughter into this world. I pushed her out and brought her to the air myself. No one else did it. I cannot describe the flood of emotions I felt as I cradled her in my arms.

I hate epidurals. They take the whole purpose of labor away from me.

Laura - posted on 05/27/2009

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i have one daughter, she was born back in dec of '08 and i had to be induced with the pitocin as well, and i went ahead with the epidural...i've heard horror stories both ways, but in the end i decided what was easiest for me to deal with...could i deal with a needle going in my back for a minute or two to be comfortable the rest of the time...yes i could. could i deal with being in constant pain for her birth no i couldnt. in the end you have to choose what makes you the most comfortable.

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My first two I had without anything and I decided to try the epidural with the last one....it didn't work! So, not only was I in labor pain....I was in pain from the giant needle that didn't do anything except numb my right butt cheek! lol Gotta laugh to keep from cryin'!

Patty - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have done it both. My first was with meds and second not. During the labor with second I wanted meds real bad but i am thankful I did not. I was in the shower on my own 20 minutes after the delivery. And the more children you have the fast they come out. I only had horrible pain for about 15 mins. I thought I was going to the ER to be monitored and as I was at the check-in desk my water broke. I had Her (# 2) before the nurses hooked me up to the IV's and took vitals. I hope this helps and good luck!

Patty - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have done it both. My first was with meds and second not. During the labor with second I wanted meds real bad but i am thankful I did not. I was in the shower on my own 20 minutes after the delivery. And the more children you have the fast they come out. I only had horrible pain for about 15 mins. I thought I was going to the ER to be monitored and as I was at the check-in desk my water broke. I had Her (# 2) before the nurses hooked me up to the IV's and took vitals. I hope this helps and good luck!

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Also, the labour goes by more quickly. Some people say you dont have the same experience, but with out the epidural, my experience would have been horrible. I would have been in to much pain to enjoy my child birth experince, which i was able to do.

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I had an epidural. I was in so much pain from the pitocin that i didnt care about the needle in my spine, which is what I had been afraid of as well. No one tells you that the doctors numb the area like they do with a cavity in your tooth. You dont feel the needle go in, and its the same as an IV so it is just a hair thin plastic tube. If you decide to go ahead with the epidural, you will wish you had done it the 3 times befor, lol. You dont feel anything, i didnt even feel my daughter crowning, I would give birth everyday, lol!

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I had my boys six years apart. I didnt have an epidural with either and I dont recomend having one. Really, if you have done it 3 times before, have faith. You can do it again. Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. I know people who have had epidurals and it sounds like a really sad experience. You basically are just laying in bed until you feel the urge to push and baby is there. Plus, I think that stitches are more likely with an epideral because you really cant tell how hard you are pushing. I deffinitly wouldnt want to have to deal with that after labor. All in all, I think that you should have faith in your bodies abilities and dont stress about it. If you are feeling stressed, you can have some pain meds and it will help you relax. You can do it, you are still young if you consider the fact that most women are living to nearly 90 years old now. -Proud anti-epidural mommy.

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I only have 1 baby so I can't say which is better natural birth vs epidural, but I can say that giving birth to my son, naturally, was the most incredible day of my life. My water broke at 8:30am, my partner and friend brought me to hospital, they checked me out, told me to go home around 11:30am. Around 12:30pm I started feeling the contractions, stronger and stronger, so we went back to hopsital around 1pm. I got to the hospital and I went into the shower. My mom got there around 2 and got me focusing on breathing. Around 3pm I sat on the bed and stood up and said "I have to push!!!" So mom told me to breathe, breathe breathe, breathe with the contractions. I laid down and I breathed with the contractions and my son was born at 3:38pm. My partner was there with us, we held our son together for the time together and there was no more pain. And the pain I did feel... the only way I can describe it... bite your pinkie fingers for 10 minutes, then hook them together and pull apart as hard as you can, and keep pulling... that's the pain I felt between my legs. That same kind of pain, that same intensity and the same relief when the pain disappeared lol

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I have only the one so I can't give you my opinion on which is better natural birth or epidural but I can tell you I had a wonderful experience with the epidural. It didn't hurt at all and I was sooo scared that it would. It was very easy to have done and took only a few min. I could still feel the contractions but it was way more managable for me and I was even able to get some much needed rest and I was able to relax which helped move things along. When it came time to push I felt every contraction and knew when to push (some moms say they didn't know when to push because of the epi...I am thinking their drips were turned up to high)



I even felt it when the doctor was stiching me up...that hurt, lol....Jayden was born at 8:26am and I was in the shower cleaning up by 9:00am. I even walked down to my room from the birthing room. So I am def keeping an Epi in mind for my next one. I would like to try it natural but I am not worried if I can't hack it I can turn to the epi.



Mind you this was all just my experience and just because it was such a good one it doesn't mean that all women will have the same results. Just thought I would share it with you just to let you know there are some very good experience out there.

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