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View Poll Results: Did you avoid alcohol while UTD but take drugs during labor?

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    I think this is something important that should be discussed, burying our heads in the sand and assuming women know the risks of drugs in labor is not helping anyone. A lot of women do go into labor thinking the hospital has their best interests at heart, only to fall victim to the cascade of intervention when they are offered pain relief and not fully informed of the risks...

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    I don't think thermo has said anything about dictating women's births. But there have been a few posts 'I had broken XYZ and I coped', as if 'I had it way worse than you and I still didn't have drugs'.

    I should add too every birth is different. One of my friends has fast posterior births and she says they are excuriatingly painful. Others have vertex easier births that progress not too fast or slow and their bodies handle it better.

    It's impossible to say my birth was worse than yours and I still didn't have drugs. It'slike comparing apples and oranges.

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    I didn't touch either.

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    I didnt drink nor did i have drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    It's impossible to say my birth was worse than yours and I still didn't have drugs. It'slike comparing apples and oranges.

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    Its not just women who are at fault here though, when was the last time you saw a midwife or OB reminding a woman of the risks involved with an epi? But the same midwife or OB wouldn't blink before telling the same woman not to drink/smoke/eat a ham sandwich.

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    I dont drink during pregnancy but then again i dont drink much anyways so it is no big deal for me not to.

    I had an epi with DD1, i found it really numbed the feeling of the knife being put through my abdomen....worked a treat i tell you
    DD2 i went with the spinal and golly be gosh that was just as good as the epi
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    I love all this discussion about 'I chose not to have drugs, but it's your choice if you want to...'
    You think your drug-free labour was your choice?? You think the rest of us sat there at 30 weeks and made an informed decision to break out the pethadine? Sorry. That is completely 'holier than thou' and naive as well.

    If those of you who were lucky enough to be blessed with a natural high pain tolerance (and you did nothing special to achieve this) plus an uncomplicated labour were not so lucky, how do you know you still would have had a drug-free labour? If you had a breech baby or a non-progressing labour, how do you know you would have been given the choice?

    You can only sit there and pretend that a drug-free labour is as much a choice as sitting around on the couch with a glass of wine because you were lucky. Those of us not so lucky find the comparison both ludicrous and insulting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SorenLorensen View Post
    I didnt drink during pregnancy but then again i dont drink much anyways so it was no big deal for me.

    I had an epi with DD1, i found it really numbed the feeling of the knife being put through my abdomen....worked a treat i tell you
    DD2 i went with the spinal and golly be gosh that was just as good as the epi

    GOLD!

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    I have nurtured both of my babies, inside of my body and out, I would never do anything to put them at risk and have made the best decisions for them at every step. So Yes when I got past 42 weeks with not a single sign of impending labour I had a 'drug' to induce me and another 'drug' to anesthetise my body so my babies could be safely brought earthside. Yes I would have loved to have had a 'natural birth' and had prepared myself for a drug free labour but in the end it wasn't all about me it was about my babies. I wasn't prepared to put them at risk for my 'ideal' birth and made the best decisions for them.

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