I am very much the 'leave me alone to get one with it' kinda girl so my first was a homebirth and my second was a water birth in hospital (couldn't afford the midwife for home the second time). So I avoided an epi because if you are in the right headspace and your body is working right then interventions just get in the way. I wanted to give my body the best chance to do it by itself. I honestly don't think I could give birth out of water though. I mean, I guess I could if I had to but I don't want to imagine it. That being said. My first was born after 5 hours of active labour and my second was born after about 2. He was out within an hour of arriving at hospital. So who knows what decisions I may have made if my labours went for ages.
As for internal exams. I have never had one. I have serious hang ups about strangers being near that area so I requested no internal exams unless desperately needed and discussed beforehand. At both hospital and home the midwives could tell by how I looked how far I was in the process so they weren't needed. It definitely helped me to stay calm as it took that stressor away from the equation.
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08-08-2015 22:30 #91
09-08-2015 17:51 #92
Everyone is different. What was right for one may not be the right choice for another.
I had 3 epidurals. None of my babies heart rates dropped. I was up and about pretty quickly with 2 of them, the other time it took longer as the epidural wasn't done correctly. I really hoped not to have had the epi with ds3 but due to a back injury and the pain I was in I didn't have a choice. I also delivered in a private hospital and never had an out of pocket bill.
09-08-2015 22:32 #93
09-08-2015 22:39 #94
can I just ask, what pain relief is available with water birth? gas and pethidine I'm guessing?
another idiotic question, but with gas/peth and assuming the water is working for you, how much pain is there still? like is it excruciating or manageable?
09-08-2015 22:46 #95
The water didn't take away my pain at all...but it made it managable and enabled me to more fully relax between contractions. I had been unable to relax at all between contractions out of the water as they were too close together.
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I had an epi with DS. Labour started at 11:30pm and I had to go to hospital straight away for monitoring (VBAC). Tried the wireless monitors but they still restricted my movement because every time I changed position they would need to be readjusted to find baby's heartbeat again. Drove me crazy and completely ruined my headspace. Then after 5 hours I had a examination only to be told I hadn't dialated at all! So by 5am I was exhausted having had no sleep and no end remotely in sight! Anesthetist was there within 15 minutes and popped it in. Amazing! I didn't need a catheter as he gave me a 'walking epidural' so I could still stand and walk to the toilet etc ( with assistance - I was a bit wobbly especially towards the end) and could still 'feel' the contractions but they were painless. Best decision I ever made! Baby was born 15 hours later - pushed him out with no assistance. I never thought I would have an epi but so glad I did.
So I would suggest going into the experience with an open mind but do as much research as you can to make an informed choice about what is best for you. Good luck!
10-08-2015 05:33 #99
Water doesn't make the pain less, but it makes you a lot calmer and able to get in a good headspace to cope with it. So much of a natural birth is about setting yourself up to be in a good headspace. I still found that once you hit transition and contractions are on top of each other - I usually lose my grip a bit because you don't get a second in between to prepare for the next one - but by that stage it's almost over so nothing can be done anyway lol. I found that once baby is coming out things calm down again and once fully out the feeling of relief is intense and immediate. Then you feel kind of euphoric which like the best drug in the world! Feels amazing
10-08-2015 05:34 #100
I was induced with ds as he was overdue. After 10 hours of back to back contractions i had only dialated enough for the mid wife to squeeze a pinky in. I hated the actual getting of the epi but i loved that i could relax. By that stage i was exhausted! I ended up having an emergancy c section due to bubs going into acute distress so i cant help with the birth.
Unfortunately 24 hours later i had a shocking head, neck and backache. The midwives kept saying it was the way i was feeding so i put up with it for 3 days, it was horrible and pain killers didnt help. Turns out it can occur when the DR puts the needle in too far and it punctures a hole in your cord, so you leak spinal fluids. I went in for what was essentially another epidural, except they take blood fron you and inject it into the epi site to 'patch up' the hole.
Pain was gone within hours. So glad i did the patch as the headache was really very delibating.
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