So, here's the thing. My first birth ended in an emergency c-section due to fetal distress at 40+6, which I honestly believe was exacerbated by the fact that I was strapped to monitors and had the urine catheter in from the moment they broke my waters as soon as I got in the labour room. Admittedly, yes, the waters were filled with meconium, so obviously DD was distressed while I was labouring before that point, but I feel like it wouldn't have been necessary for the c-section had I been able to move around.
Anyway, I'll be at a different hospital this time around, and I've been offered a VBAC, but I've been informed by a midwife that I'll be strapped to the monitors again if I do so. Given my feelings about my previous labour, obviously I'm concerned that being strapped down will lead to the same conclusion.
First labour, I only had gas + peth (which did nothing for me), and I really didn't cope well with the pain. I kind of want to do this labour with stronger pain relief, and I was wondering if anyone else had had a successful VBAC with an epi?
It would help to know if I have that option available, if I can't walk around anyway.