Honestly, when it comes to birth choices, I don’t care what women choose so long as they have ALL of the relevant information on hand—good, bad, and ugly—to make that choice.
I share the OP’s concern that when it comes to epidurals, women are simply not getting that information from their obstetricians.Here is what ACOG has to say about epidurals
in their “patient education” pamphlet. Note that there’s no mention of what the American Pregnancy Association
is at least willing to tell you:
•slower labors (therefore Pitocin, “assisted delivery,” and other interventions in the long cascade)
•the lack of feeling while pushing
•the lack of freedom of movement to deliver the baby in any position other than lying down
•inability for many women to walk up to a few hours after the birth
These factors won’t make every woman change her mind, but they certainly did for me! I’ve chosen NCB because I wanted to avoid all of this, not because I’m some stereotypical hippy out for the quintessential Mother Earth experience. (Hear that, ILs?
) Regardless, every childbearing woman should have a right to ALL of the information.
Originally Posted by TCMoulton
But the way moms who choose an epidural are often described here at MDC is most certainly demeaning.
And yet on the flipside, it’s demeaning when my own choice for NCB is dismissed as me “trying to be a martyr.” I think that women in general should avoid turning the epi v. natural issue into one more fruitless Mommy War.