I wanted to clarify the true risks associated with epidurals.
I am not anti-epidural (well I am for myself, but not for everyone else ) and I do support a womans right to choose.
I do however get very upset and concerned when women are led to believe that epidurals are risk free and safe. Honestly I am quite stunned that what has become such common knowledge amongst health care professionals and birthing mothers alike is now being dismissed.
I do not intend to cause offense with this thread. I do not expect anyone to justify their reasons for choosing one. The reasons are many and varied and they are all valid. All I want to do is share accurate information and prompt women to look further into these risks so that we can all say that we made truly informed decisions.
Here are some of the risks that you will never hear about in a parenting or birth book or any parenting or birth website, and certainly not from any medical profession. I even looked on an Australian Government website and the risks of epidurals were totally glossed over.
As you will see all the statistics/statements on this link have references to research papers/studies which can be looked up if you want further verification.
The author admits that the bias of this article is against epidurals, but that's nothing new seeing as any other article expounding the benefits of epidurals are bias in favour of them.
It is not my intention to alarm anyone, only to prompt women to find out the true risks of any choice we make. As I have said before I have also chosen to have an epidural so I am fully aware of the reasons why women choose them
Please if you have any other articles to add to this thread then feel free to post them. I will too.