When I was in high school I had a chiropracter who routinely ordered full-body x-rays for his new patients. We discovered from that x-ray that at some point during my childhood I had fallen and broken my tailbone in such a way that when it healed, it fused in a position perpendicular to the rest of my spine. It has never caused me any pain or discomfort, but it does point inward at an almost 90 degree angle. My chiro told me then that when I had my first child (assuming I delivered vaginally) my coccyx would break again and be pushed back into a more normal position.
Because of this information, for years I have assumed that I would NEED an epidural just to handle the pain of of my tailbone breaking, regardless of the other pains of labor. However, now that I am actually pregnant with my first, and I know alot more about the effects of drugs during labor....well, I really would rather not go that route. I really want to have a natural birth if at all possible, and I'm even considering my options for homebirth. But still knowing that I have this "obstacle," I question whether this is even possible.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Are there birthing positions that could possibly help me endure the pain? Obviously this is a question I need to ask my care provider (whoever that ends up being...but that's another story), but I thought I'd seek some input here as well!