Gals you were great with all the encouraging comments from my last post. Thanks so much!
Alright, since I am so obsessed with all things naturally-birth related, I wanted to expound a bit on why I am considering/planning a drug-free birth. First a little personal history. During my first labor, I took a dose of demerol. HUGE MISTAKE. It didn’t help a bit with the pain, stopped my contractions, and made me loopy. This led to pitocin, which led to super-strong contractions, which led to me yelling at JD in my demorol-induced crankiness to find a nurse and get me an epidural. That’s about all I remember actually . . . sad, isn’t it? For Jonah and Jesse’s labor, I refused any IV drugs and opted for just an epidural. When I received the epidurals, it wasn’t really for the pain at the time, as much as fear for what was to come. With that being said, here’s some of the reasons for why I want to go epidural-free.
- God made my body to birth babies. It is natural. Women have been surviving this for thousands of years and I’m pretty sure I could survive it too.
- Every friend I’ve spoken who chose to go epidural-free has not regretted it. I spent last night talking with Martha, who’s had three natural births. Yes, we discussed the pain, but we also discussed how to focus through it, how to learn what works for me to get through the toughest contractions. As my time draws closer, I want to spend more time talking with those who have chosen this route so I can be as prepared as possible.
- I can get up much, much sooner. I hate waiting for sensation to come back and having to have help moving my dead legs around.
- I don’t want a catheter. After each birth, I ended up with a urinary track infection. EACH TIME. With Jonah, I didn’t catch it earlier enough and it developed into a kidney infection. Yeah, that’s real fun to deal with when you are postpartum. (I’ve never had a UTI any other time, just after labor)
- It is cheaper. I’m cheap. (BTW, did you know how much money the hospital makes off of each epidural? A lot. That’s part of the biggest money maker of the birthing process . . . no wonder the nurses are so quick to offer it.)
- I’m planning on having a doula! I’m very excited about this! I really appreciated what Faith had to say in the comments of my last post about having the support of a doula and/or midwife. (I did look into having a midwife, but JD just wasn’t comfortable with that, plus it appears that most midwifes in KS do homebirths. I am definitely not ready for that. The hospital I’ll be delivering at does have nurse midwives though. I need to call and see exactly what that means . . . )
- Several of those I’ve talked with or read about have described the birthing process as empowering, incredibly high, etc. Frankly I’m wondering if I’m missing something. By my nature, I’m not super-emotional. I tend to be pretty even-tempered, so I don’t know if I’ll experience that emotional high, but what if?
- I have easy births. So far, my babies have quickly descended into the birth control and entered the world with little or no pushing. To be honest, if I had to push for hours like some of you, I don’t know if I would be quite so eager to attempt this.
I’m sure there are more reasons that I am not thinking of at this moment. And just so you don’t think I’m completely one-sided on this, I do have concerns. Most concerns deal with after the baby is born though. And in case you are worrying about me becoming an elitist about this, don’t worry a bit. This is a personal choice for me that after three other births, talking with others, and reading a LOT of info, that I want to experience.