So I went to a routine OB visit today. Did the glucose tolerance test. While I was waiting for the hour to be up they showed me a video called "Keeping an open Mind: Analgesia in Labor" produced by a group called The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP)
It was so bad! It was basically a propaganda piece for epidurals. After maybe 3 min. of paying weak lip service to natural birth they spent the rest of the 35 min touting how great epidurals are. They constantly used phrases like "now she can relax" or "now she can enjoy her labor." There was not one shred of research or clinical evidence presented or referenced to back up any of their claims and a few downsides of having an epidural were glossed over. (spinal headache, tenderness at the site, and "only one woman in many many many thousands suffers nerve damage") The safety of the baby or any effects of the drugs on the baby were never mentioned at all!
If I wasn't already changing providers because of our move I would certainly be looking for a new practice now. If they're already trying to convince me to go with an epidural at 27 weeks how supportive of my wishes for a natural birth would they be in labor? This is supposed to be the practice most supportive of natural birth in our area? Yikes.