So, it's still really early and I don't need to make birth decisions yet, but as I am considering care providers in my region, I have found an interesting option and I'd love your feedback.
There is a nurse midwife who I have a first appointment with in late Dec. She does natural births with option of a waterbath in a hospital birthing center. When I made the appointment, her assistant made sure to tell me that she does NOT do epidurals, and did I still want the appointment?
This will be my first baby; I'm 35; and I've always thought I wanted to opt for natural childbirth. However, some women and doctors have told me that epidurals can really relax the mother and should be in the toolkit as an option. I have done all the reading about why epidurals aren't great (possible complications, trouble pushing, putting you on road to c-section, etc.)
I'm feeling uncertain -- I don't have an incredibly high tolerance to pain. What do you guys think of working with a no-epidural provider?