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    I would never say that to someone, but I'm glad I managed both my births without epidurals.

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    I had an epidural in my first birth and it led to all sorts of other issues so it was really important to me to not have an epi in the following three births. I felt really really strongly about it and put in hours finding an OB and a hospital that I knew would be supportive and not push for an epi.

    And I will admit that I really did feel empowered after those drug free births, like I could do anything because I believed in myself but I certainly don't make any comment on how anyone else in my circle chooses to birth, I know they choose what is right for them, as I did for myself.

    And it goes both ways - when I was planning my drug free water birth my family, even my best friend thought I was "insane" to be saying no to drugs and was urging me to reconsider and "to take advantage" of modern medicine, but I am so glad I didn't.
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    Seriously? Comments like that really p*ss me off. If a woman wants to have an epidural, it's her choice and she shouldn't be made to feel bad about it. To me, birth is really not a contest to see who can go all 'natural' and who can't.

    Personally I did have an epidural and I friggen LOVED it. I asked for it very late and got it. I shudder to think what the whole experience would've turned out like without it to be totally honest. I felt 'empowered' by making the choice to have one when I did.

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    I've had 3 births and 3 epidurals. Wouldn't be able to do it without.
    I think anyone who does it drug-free is a birthing superwoman!!!
    But I liken labour and birth without an epi to driving around in summer without the aircon on- if it's there, why not use it, lol!

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    I cannot believe that this is even a topic of conversation! Why on earth does it matter how we birth our babies? As long as we have healthy babies at the end of it.

    For my first, i laboured for a total of twelve hours, in the 10th hour i asked for an epi and it was MAGIC!!!!!! I have such fond memories of my labour and birth, and I am proud of myself for going as long as I could without an epi, but I am also proud of myself for having the courage to say please give me an epi.

    There is no shame in using any type of support whilst birthing your baby. Why dont people give others grief for using a TENS machine or gas or pethadine???? It is always the epi that cops the most flack! It baffles me. We should just be proud that we birth beautiful human beings, and one year down the track you wont even talk about it anymore!

    Seriously we need to move on to a new topic of conversation. It's getting old now.

    that's my rant over

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    I LOVED my epi. LOVED it. I would get married and have children with epi if that was even a thing.
    Seriously. I had such a terrible labor and no drugs up until that point. So I did do drug free for a large portion of my labor. I chose not to continue doing it drug free because it was too much for me.

    If anyone ever gives me the impression that they think I'm weak for that or I didn't try hard enough, I'll take them on a week long pack march with me with full kit, ammo and a loaded weapon and see how strong and determined they are at the end of it .

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    Rude and very judgemental. I had two drug free births which were empowering to me, but I'll be the first to tell you circumstance played a big part in it. Add an extra 5 hours of so and I'm sure I would've been demanding an epidural!

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    I am absolutely terrified of epidurals. I am a big scared cat when it comes needles in my back. So i have nothing but respect for them.

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    Someone try and tell me I cldnt have an epi after already labouring for 32hrs (40hrs all up) or that I was a sook for having one.
    I still felt a sense of empowerment for what I had achieved - I just pushed out a baby!!!
    Your body, your choice! Whether c-section, epi, or "natural" - doesn't matter

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    Comments like that s*** me!
    I for one was overjoyed to have the epi after 24 hrs and still in labour


 

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