This is a poll for women who have chosen or will choose natural chidlbirth, i.e. childbirth without epidural anesthesia or other pharmacological pain interventions. No epidural v. NCB debates, please, and bearing in mind the uniqueness of our experiences, let's keep it judgment-free.
Because women often have multiple reasons for making this choice, you may select multiple poll answers.
I'm readying for my third NCB, and I wonder if other women make this choice for the same reasons that I do. Among my top reasons:
1. Medical concerns. I understand that epidurals can lower blood pressure. Unlike a lot of pregnant women, I lean toward low blood pressure and really don't want it getting any lower during labor.
2. Freedom-of-movement concerns. OK....freedom in general! It seems like I would have to give up so much freedom in order to get an epidural.......freedom to stand or squat, freedom to have my baby out-of-hospital, freedom to decline interventions that suddenly become necessary during the epidural....
Anyway, I'm curious to hear from other like-minded moms: Why did you/will you opt against the epidural?