I am planning a second VBAC in the hospital (last birth was a successful HBAC), and I am due in 2 weeks. I know epi's can have neg effects on labor, but one of the reasons I am not having another home birth is the horrific pain I endured last time. I am convinced my labor/pushing (6 hours of pushing!) was so long because I was sooooo exhausted after enduring such horrible pain. Even my doula says she is pretty sure my exhaustion made everything so difficult and drawn-out.
I want the option of pain relief. I know the risks of epi's and interventions, as my first was a c/s after failed induction. But part of me has this gut feeling that if I had something to take the edge off, I would not have been so exhausted last time. My doula doesn't like the idea and has told me she has only had one VBAC client that had a successful VBAC while using an epi. On the other hand, I have a good friend who had 2 successful VBACs at the same hospital with the same practice (doctors), using an epi AND being induced!! I also know many women who have had very successful vaginal births using epidurals.
But I would really like to hear some reassurance from some moms who had successful VBACs using epi's. The thought of going through the same pain again terrifies me. None of the "natural" methods worked to ease my pain during my HBAC... it was horrible (I'm just being honest here!)!! I don't trust those natural methods to help me this time again. Baby seemed to be posterior last time (even though I was doing Webster's with a chiro weekly) and appears to be posterior again this time (and believe me, I've done everything, including Spinning Babies etc... mine just seem to like this position) so I totally expect the same level of pain. I know that fear of the pain will set my labor back unless I know I have access to some kind of relief.
So please, some successful stories of VBACs using epi's, and if you could please provide some detail (when you got the epi and for how long, ex. did you turn it down before pushing, etc)?
Thank you so much!!