Originally Posted by salado
I have had two babies and two epidurals. Why should I entertain the possibility of going natural with #3?
I had an epidural with #1 (I was hospitalized for 3 months prior to the birth and had every intervention you can imagine, except for a c-section).
I plan to go drug-free for the next because :
1. Labor really is a natural process, not a medical process, and I want to experience it
2. One medical intervention (an epidural is one example) tends to lead to other - pitocin, among other things. I don't want all of those interventions unless they'rea really NECESSYAR
3. It's better for the baby. The data is still out but it is known that epidurals greatly interfere with the baby's ability to latch on directly after birth. I've had enough problems breastfeeding; I don't want to set myself up for failure.
4. It's better for the baby, part 2 : I want my baby's entry into the world to be as peaceful and natural as possible... so I want to have a drug-free birth. As I mentioned, one intervention invites another (doctors and nurses can't help it, they just think in terms of medical interventions) and I want my baby to be born in a natural peaceful way, if possible.
Those are the main reasons. Heck, if these ladies here can do it, I can do it too!