Originally Posted by IwannaBanRN
Like I said "hopefully". I imagine if I don't tape it, they'll keep saying "well I bet you were begging for an epidural the whole time". Mostly my older sister that'd have that attitude, but it'll also be nice to look back on. :)
Ugh. Begging for the epidural. Yes, it happens in unmedicated births. What people (specifically the ones who want epidurals) don't realize is yes, childbirth is hard and painful and intense and unfortunately we've been programmed to think *an epidural will take all of that away* and furthermore that we *deserve* to not feel any pain. So it's normal to beg for it and still go through with an unmedicated labor. There's nothing wrong with begging for it. It just shows how successful culture has been at wiring us to think we aren't good enough to birth our own babies without assistance. We all know, though, that an epidural doesn't just take away the pain, it strips away the experience and it affects the hormonal interplay between mother and child during birth and in the hours after. I also think my baby deserves not to be all doped up more than I deserve not to feel pain. We also know that we *CAN* do it. Our bodies are more than capable. Begging for an epidural during labor doesn't diminish the beauty and wonder of an unmedicated birth. I think those women (the ones who find it necessary to pick on us unmedicated birthers) just think that we're in it for some prize or bragging rights. Like it's something we're going to hold over everyone's heads, like we're better than them. That's so not true. It's not about recognition and bragging rights, it's about the health of our babies and ourselves. But whatever, they can feel insecure in their decisions all they want
/ end rant.
Sorry, I guess you struck a nerve. LOL!