Originally Posted by mrs*kewpie*pie
i think in looking at wether its bad for baby or bad for mom you've got to remeber that mom and baby are one unit....so if its bad for mom, its probably bad for baby too
Also, three things I think I didn't see mentioned (could be wrong), that I've seen happen:
1 - I don't know how often this happens, but certainly I've seen it more than once: the epidural just doesn't work on one side and they have to go back in to fix it. Meanwhile, mom is not only having contractions but also tied down to the bed and can't move at all to alleviate her pain. This really, really sucks.
2 - At the pushing stage, they turn down the epidural so you can push. Then, mom hasn't built up any level of 'comfort' with her contractions, and they surprise her, and she hasn't been using any techniques to cope (because she didn't really need them) so she's totally unprepared and pushing is excruciating and stalled... snowballing of interventions.
3 - Mom thinks the epidural is her "backup" in case natural techniques don't work, so doesn't really prepare for birth with breathing and perineal massage and talking to other moms, etc., so she's unprepared... just the opportunity to have one in this case undermines natural birth sometimes, IMO.