can i have an epidural for my home birth?

Brooklyn - posted on 01/17/2014 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i would love to have a home birth, but i would also love to have an epidural. i always hear people saying, "i had a natural home birth." i have never heard of anyone saying that they had an epidural for their home birth. let me know if you know anything about this topic. thank you very much. my due date is september 21, 2014. super excited! ♥

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Corinne - posted on 01/17/2014

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I wouldn't have thought so, no. An epidural is administered by an aneithetist not the midwife, via a tap into the spinal column. I've never heard of one being given for a home birth and the most I was offered when I booked for home births, was gas and air.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2014

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No. Epidurals are administered by and anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist is only going to be available for you to use if you are at a hospital. For most people that choose a home birth they are wanting an unmediated birth.

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Amrita - posted on 01/19/2014

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i have 2 kids. I had taken during my first child, as the labour was for long and doctor finally said that if the baby doesnt come out now, we will have to do a c section. i was afraid i will loose my strength while pushing. so i took one but unfortunately, i had a fibroid in my womb (it doenst affect baby but creates pain). now this epidural didn't seem to work on me because of tht. so the place where i had pain, epidural didn't activate. so i had to bear the pain and pray to god to gimme strength to push when the time comes (when i get 10 cms which was not happening). anyway, so my baby ws out in few hours but i had absolute no side effects of epidural. yes it took exactly 6 weeks as they say to heal. my back did pain due to epidural for 6 weeks. but after that, till date, it has not bothered me. now i am a mum of 2. i did start exercising (just brisk walking for 20 mins) after 4 months of delivery. i guess that helped too. plz do not work out after delivery for 6 weeks if u have taken epidural and ask doc before u start working out.

so if u take epidural, just know, tc for 6 weeks, hav as much help as u can. And it MAY OR MAY NOT WORK on your body. there is no guarantee. epidural was a waste for me. i had decided i won't take for second one, and i didn't, and i was fine :) i wonder how women managed in earlier days. hats off. good luck and god bless.

TAKING GAS IS THE BEST OPTION HERE. VERY SAFE AND COMFORTABLE (PAIN WONT GO OF COURSE BUT IT WILL BE A KINDOF REPLACEMENT FOR EPIDURAL WITH SURE SHORT NO SIDE EFFECTS)

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2014

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I have had 3 very different births and not once did I wish to have and epidural.
My 1st was a 10.5 hour labor that ended with a vacuum extraction and 37 stitches as I tore all the way around. Yes it hurt but at least I could get up and have my shower as soon as I was stitched up without assistance.
My 2nd was induced and from the 1st contraction until he was born was 50mins. I had no pain relief at all and not even a graze.
My 3rd was about a 5 hour labor (2 hours at the hospital) and again no pain relief. I ended up with 5 stitches with her and could go home the same day.
For me the cons outweighed the pros for an epidural. I had done my research and I always insisted that it was a last resort.

In response to the OP, you won't be able to have one at home since a specialist administers then and won't do home visits.

Jodi - posted on 01/18/2014

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I never said it was the worst thing, and I said that it increased the risk of all those things, not that it is destined that way. I was pointing out that she should do her research (which, given the nature of her question, I would endeavour she has not done), not just make the decision based on the pain.

Danicia - posted on 01/18/2014

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reading through the comments, I just gotta say an epidural is NOT the worst thing that can happen during labor/delivery, nor is it destined to cause all the stuff Jodi was so kind to point out.
I received an epidural after 8 hours of labor ( I had been up for 36 hours by that point b/c I went into labor in the early AM before I fell asleep) b/c I was exhausted and was having a hard time managing my pain. my birth plan going into L&D was to try to make it without medical intervention and changed my plan within the moment. the epidural allowed me to take a nap, which actually sped up my labor (dialated from a 6 to a 10 in 2 hours) and helped me be revived to push. did I get a csection? no- I checked with my doc in advanced to see the csection rates for the hospital and where that ranked within my state and made it quite clear I wanted to avoid a csection to the best of my ability. did they give me oxytocin? no- the gave me Pitocin for 10 minutes, my baby didn't like it so they took me off it and baby chilled out and contractions went back to where they needed to. did I get an episiotomy? yes- b/c my daughter was angled up towards my urethra. even with the epidural I could feel the pressure/pain of her beginning to stretch my urethra and I am GLAD they cut me the other direction b/c a tear that direction would have been MISERABLE. an episiotomy doesn't occur b/c of an epidural, it happens b/c of the angle of your child on exit or b/c you are beginning to rip and they are trying to "help" you. talk to your doc on what you want in regards to an episiotomy and check if your doc does episiotomies as a routine procedure or if it's on a need-only basis. you will be so sore from a vaginal delivery you honestly don't even feel the stitches. and this was my first baby.
I get that i'm not the only epidural story out there, but not every epidural birth is a terrible wretched experience like some people like to make it out to be. I respect women who go without any medical intervention but that wasn't for me and we all survived just fine. with this pregnancy I am 100% planning on an epidural.
my recommendations would be to talk to your doc on hospital policies/your docs preferences on things like episiotomies, csection rates for your hospital, how long they feel comfortable allowing you to labor with/without intervention, etc. to see if they will accommodate to your preferences. I also was adamant about asking them the credentials of the anesthesiologist(s) they use in the birthing center, how many years they had been working there and how many epidurals they had performed (ballpark guess for that one). If you do not like the answers your doc gives you, change docs before you go in labor. Do what's best for you and I wish you all the best!!!

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2014

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You would be surprised what you can achieve. The thing is you have made up your mind to have it so as soon as you go into labor you will be thinking about it instead of seeing how you go.
It's best to go into labor with an open mind and a very flexible birth plan.
There are a lot of risks like Jodi has pointed out, I was judging, I was asking a serious question. To me the pain of childbirth doesn't warrant the chance of any of the side effects of getting the pain relief.
There are other pain relief options that don't come with the big risks.

Jodi - posted on 01/17/2014

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I'm not judging you, I'm just asking if you have researched the risks. Just in case you haven't:

Your chances of having to have a caesarian section are about 50%. This can be weeks of pain - it is major abdominal surgery. You are less likely to be able to give birth naturally.

You are 3 times more likely to have to end up on an oxytocin drip to speed things up.

Your chances of requiring an episiotomy are high, and if you don't have an episiotomy, your chances of larger tears are high because you have no muscle control and therefore no control over the birth process. These require stitches. Ever had stitches down there? I guarantee it isn't pain free.

Your risks of these are even higher if it is your first delivery.

These are all in addition to the negative effects the epidural can have on your baby.

So I was just wondering, given you seemed to be so keen on a home birth, midwives, etc, whether you had researched these things and understood the full implications of your choice.

Brooklyn - posted on 01/17/2014

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i always knew that i wanted an epidural. i hate pain. in this day & age we have the right to choose. i doubt that anything could change my mind. i don't judge people for having a natural birth, so i'd appreciate it if people did not judge me for wanting an epidural. thank you. c:

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2014

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I'm with Jodi, why are you so determined to have an epidural?
I would much rather put up with the bit of pain then have someone stick a needle into my spine and not even be able to go to the toilet on my own after it. There is also a greater chance of intervention as well.

Jodi - posted on 01/17/2014

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I find that interesting that you have already decided you want an epidural. Have you done the research on the risks to both yourself and the baby?

Brooklyn - posted on 01/17/2014

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thank you! looks like i am going to have to give birth to my first baby in the hospital. i definitely want an epidural.

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