I gave birth to my beautiful little boy last week and just wanted to share my experience with sterile water injections in case it helps anyone.
My ultimate labour was going to be drug free with a healthy baby at the end. However with a low pain threshold I realistically knew this was unlikely but wanted to minimise the effects on my baby from anything I did take.
So I went in there ok with using the gas if I needed it and had done some research on sterile water injections but was hesitant and sceptical if they would work or not. I mean how can four 0.1ml injections of water barely under the skin stop pain!
I had excruciating back pain because it was discovered when I arrived at the hospital he was posterior. After a couple hours I just couldn't handle the pain in my back anymore and the gas just wasn't helping.
My midwife knew I ideally didn't want to go down the pethedine injection or the epidural (not that this would have been an option in the end as I had progressed too quickly) so asked me if I wanted to try the injections.
I was very anxious about this as I had read the pain from them was not pleasant but decided to try.
The pain is described as that of a wasp sting. Not to scare anyone out of it but it felt like wasps on steroids. The actual injections were very painful. I think I was pretty much screaming from the pain.
But by the time they had finished (which is only a minute really) I was kind of sobbing saying it hurts. They told me its ok by the next contraction the pain would be better. However the back pain was already completely gone, it was the injections that were still stinging. But as they said by the next contraction the stinging had also gone.
Hubby said my expression changed completely and I finally was able to relax and focus on the contractions. I honestly believe without them my labour would have been much longer and I would have needed the drugs I so desperately didn't want.
My point to this post is not to say there is anything against having the drugs, as that is each individuals choice. It is simply to give my personal experience on an alternative option that if I do have another baby and have back pain again I would definitely use again.
Hope this helps someone.