Quite honestly, the image of that large needle entering my spine just scared me. Sure, I have no problem with regular needles, say to draw blood, but a needle through my spine, just couldn't do it!
Epidural enthusiast or not, I'm sure we've all thought about the possibility of natural childbirth and for those expectant moms who will attempt a natural labor, here are some tips that might help when planning to give-it-a-go:
- Work with a mid-wife. Mid-wives are available at most major hospitals and care providers! Book a routine prenatal visit with a mid-wife then decide on the medical professional you feel most comfortable with.
- Tell your doctor exactly what you want. Doctors may feel intimidating as they've done this so many times, but the more confident person always wins! Make it clear that you don't want to be pushed into using an epidural or other drugs unless there's valid reason and/or a true emergency. Sadly, I once had a doctor pushing to schedule a c-section/epidural because she had to "get back to her demanding afternoon patients on the west side." Ummm excuse me, wasn't I one of those patients? FYI: West side moms rock!
- Watch the Business of Being Born documentary: We forget that delivering babies is a business. Learn all you can about how it works before the big day!
- Be willing to adjust: If a natural labor turns out to feel too overwhelming, painful or dangerous do what is recommended by your physician. And don't feel bad about changing your mind! Natural birth or not, women are amazingly strong for simply going through the journey of pregnancy and labor! Our strength during this unique experience is powerful beyond words!
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