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    I have to say yes it made me feel empowered just using gas but not everyone can get through labour with just gas . It's every women's choice and not for someone to judge. My GF and I laugh because her epi went in around 5cm dilation and I stayed at home as long as possible and was walking across the hospital car park at 5cm. She thinks I'm mad, I think she underestimated what her body could do and we are totally fine with it. Neither of us would change a thing!

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    I am not allowed an epidural ever due to medical conditions but i laboured at home with panadol and heat packs, when i went to hospital i was 8 cm dilated :/ (i had NO idea i was in real labour)

    the idea of a needle in my back scares me worse than the idea of no pain relief.

    I dont get why some women make it a competition though

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    I was adamant I wasn't going to have an epi after my dad had MAJOR problems after he had one and telling the midwives and doctors i didnt want one under any circumstances but after 28 hrs of failed induced labour I ended up having a csec and therefore having to have one. So if anyone says I'm 'such a girl' for having one I think I'll punch them in the face.
    I think it's so disrespectful to put someone down or criticize them for their birth/labour choices because you never know the whole story and as long as mum and bub are completely happy and healthy WHO F#*KING CARES!!! Women need to stop being so b*#chy!!!

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    Ugh. Disgusting comment. People can be so opinionated & judgemental.
    "i went back to work when my baby was 3 months old so should you"
    "i only put on 5kgs with my pregnancy, so why have you put on so much?"
    "oh dont buy that pram its sh!t, get a 3 wheeler"
    Everyone is different! Women should respect fellow mothers and their choices. What business is it of theirs anyway?! :what:

    Sorry for the feisty response haha

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    I have a girlfriend who calls me a wimp for having the epi (after 28 bloody long hours) She said her labor was a breeze and it was over in 8 hours.. When i explained how much more trouble mine was she laughed it off and told me it couldnt be that bad.

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    The way each woman chooses to birth her child is an individual choice, be it drug free or a c section at 38 weeks!! I wanted to have a drug free birth, not because I thought I was tough and didn't need it but because I was terrified of an Epi!! I had a 3 day labour 2 days at home, day 3 and half way through 4 in the hospital, first 2 days contractions were a steady 5/10 min apart so quite manageable with the big break but day 3 were 2 min apart for a full 24 hours, I had the pethadine which helped but on day 3 when they told me I was still only 6 cm I begged for the Epi!! My anesthetiser threaded something through and pierced my membrane and had to stop. I felt like I had been hit by a truck after the birth of my baby girl and when I see my friends who have had the Epi looking so happy and full of life, I think to myself, I was so exhausted I didn't really get to enjoy those first moments, it took a couple days for me to start feeling slightly normal!! Yes I felt empowered but I would give that up for those first moments back!! Each there own, everyone do what's right for them and don't every judge because, no one knows what someone else has been through and why they are choosing their choice!!

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    I never had one, I just used the gas. I am very proud of myself and would have been disappointed if I had have had an epidural.

    But, that was concerning ME. I completely get why people would go for an epidural - child birth is ridiculously painful! Do whatever you can to get through the experience.

    I guess you could say I felt empowered, but I felt that way about giving birth in general, I think. Very "I am woman" haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bell & Bug View Post
    I do feel empowered that I had a drug free birth with DD2, but that's how I feel about my birth and that's it. I don't really care how others birth and what drugs they did or didn't take, and my empowerment doesn't apply to anyone else and their birth.
    ^^this. I will add I find a needle in my, or anyone's, spine quite frightening so maybe the person that made the comment came from that angle?

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    This is why I refused to do a birth plan. When ever any body I asked I said "I'm going with the flow" I'll do what my body needs. Ended up having a epi after no sleep and hours of hell. Bub ended up stuck and I got a emergency c section. No disappointment and no judging

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    No I don't judge or even really think about a woman using pain relief. Personally I am far more terrified of a needle in my spine than labour pain so the decision is made for me!


 

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