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Have any of you seen the movie - I think it is "Baby's Momma" or something. I have never watched it - but just saw the part where the "doula" or something of that nature in a birthing class asked if any of the ladies were going to get an epidural "for their own selfish reasons" and the lady stood up and shouted "here!!!" or something of that nature.
WELL THAT WOULD BE ME!!
But in all seriousness - I don't want a natural birth, have never wanted a natural birth and can't imagine ever wanting a natural birth. Since reading these forums I maybe want a natural birth 1%
Am I a baby? Absolutely! Do I respect all of you fearless momma's who birth naturally? Absolutely! Do I want to join you? ummmmm, no.......
My reasons are just my own - I have the idea of what natural childbirth would be, and I don't want it - no matter what kind of rush you get. I get a rush when I have my babies!
My oldest sisters DD1 was totally natural. She watched my other sister in horrendous back labor, about to die, and then get the epidural - and you should have seen the look on her face! Like she was sooo pissed she went through natural birth! LOL
She went on to have I think - 2 epidurals.
Anyway - back to me - I have had two LO. My first ended up being an emergency C/S (didn't have the epidural yet - I had a spinal for the c/s)
My second birth - I went into labor because I was severly deyhadrated due to the 24 hour flu I had caught. Couldn't keep anything down and I dry heaved when I didn't even try to drink anything.
After already being sick for 20 hours I was in the hospital with HORRIBLE contractions which were making me dry heave EVERY SINGLE CONTRACTION! It was probably the worst expierience ever.........I got my epidural - and it was HEAVEN - I went to SLEEP! I finally got some precious much much much needed rest before having to push out my precious baby! If I didn't get that rest - I don't know what would have happened.......
So anyways, to answer the original posters question - not only do some people decide to get an epidural before the actual labor, but some of us (ME) decide on an epidural before even being pregnant!! LOL
If I had to have a birth with no pain medication of COURSE I would handle it (I mean, what choice do I have) same as a bad epidural.
Personally, I don't care if people judge me.............that's their problem, not mine. I don't judge them because they want to do it naturally, or do an unassisted home birth..........if something goes wrong when they have a baby due to their choices, that is on them - same as me with my choices!
Anywhoo - sorry if its a tad rambly - I need some sleep!