Originally Posted by charmcitymama
I should stay away from MDC. I had an epidural with my dd (it was wonderful!) and have been contemplating unmedicated birth for this next birth for various reasons. I am leaning away from it as I find some of these posts so offensive. Epidurals really are awesome! Last chance to sleep or get some rest before pushing.
Also, does anyone know anyone paralyzed by an epidural or a baby with brain damage? I have never heard of anyone actually having that happen, have you?
That doesn't make much sense...you don't want a natural birth because some people post offensive things? Part of being an educated informed mother is doing research on the effects of anything you consent to giving to your child--not basing your decision on whether you find people's posts offensive. Heck, if people did that, you'd see a lot more "I circumcized my son because people were so adament against circing here". The logic doesn't make sense.
As someone who had an epidural 40 hours into a 53 hour induction, I can tell you that epidurals are NOT awesome. I lost feeling (complete feeling) for everything below the epi spot--it was only supposed to be a walking epi. I got to sit on a bedpan on my bed in front of several nurses all forcing me to pee in front of them. Then, I got to push for 3 1/2 hours while my baby was in distress, swallowing merconium because I was pushing like heck and his head was tilted sideways and stuck. Could I feel that? Nope--I pushed when the nurses said to. By the end of the pushing, I was so exhausted I couldn't move, and the baby hadn't dropped down at all. The pushes were wasted--I had 2 nurses, my doula, and my husband all trying to hold me up so that I could get a little push out. In the end, my baby had to be taken out via vacuum extraction, which came flying off his head 3 times resulting in a huge knot on his head, probable neck and headaches (he couldn't move his neck for weeks)...oh, and nursing difficulties because he was in so much pain. Oh, and sensory integration disfunction, probably in large part due to his traumatic enterence into the world. Oh, and the episiotomy I had to have after the doctor tried to insert the vacuum, causing a 3rd degree tear (before the episiotomy). I *still* have scar tissue from that, causing a tear during routine pelvic exams.
Just for a little break before pushing. This time, I know it's just not worth it. My body can do it without the cascade of interventions...and my baby will probably be better off without it.