I know that sounds like a crazy thing to want, but does anyone know if you can request an episiotomy, or even better request a vacuum extraction?
With my first birth I found the pushing stage by far the worst and am now dreading it the second time around. For me, I still had the intense pain of each contraction, but combined with wanting to vomit, not being able to catch my breath between pushes and feeling like my body was overheating. I remember needing iced towels thrown all over me and still feeling so hot that I was going to die (is that normal?!). I pushed for 1.5 hours before the midwife said DD's heart rate was dropping and that they would vacuum and episiotomy her out on the next contraction. Pure bliss!!!
So my question... next time can I skip the hour or so of absolute torture and get straight to the vacuum or episiotomy?
info: My first labour was 19 hours, no pain relief, 9.5pound baby.