Charlene - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Im 33 weeks pregnant and at Birth class the talk was about pain relief and our options but the only thing that was discussed was Epidurals! I do not want a Epidurals as i have a absolute fear of needles, hospitals and Dr's! and I also want to experience birth as natural as possible.
To have a epidural, we were told of all the must have's that comes along with it like a must for catheter and drip and your legs have to be in stirrups as you cannot feel the contractions and push, all the things that i really would like to avoid as it strips you of the whole birth experience (or am I wrong?).
My hopes for a water birth, partly as a method of some pain relief during labour, was quickly dismissed by the nurses and my Dr as i am a first time mom, and to them it is just not allowed for a 1st time mom!
Is there any other moms out there that can give me some advice on other pain relief that is available, as it seems that at certain hospitals Epidurals are being forced down as the only way of pain relief.