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post #101 of 113
Honestly, the shirt offends me. I usually have a high tolerance for pain - I had the majority of a root canal done without novocaine because I dread the needle more than the pain involved with the dental work. When it came to childbirth the pain was more than I could tolerate in a coherent rational way and I opted for the epidural even with my intense fear of needles. I wanted to be clear headed and with it for my births - my epidurals made that possible.

I guess that I just don't understand the need to mock other mothers and their birth choices.
post #102 of 113
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Originally Posted by TCMoulton View Post
Honestly, the shirt offends me. I usually have a high tolerance for pain - I had the majority of a root canal done without novocaine because I dread the needle more than the pain involved with the dental work.
So, it is possible...the dentist refused to try - he was too afraid I'd jerk away or something.
post #103 of 113
As time goes on, and more family and friends tell me I'm going to need an epidural because I'm too sensitive to pain and I won't make it through my homebirth...

..the more I wish I had one of these shirts to stave them off.
post #104 of 113
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
So, it is possible...the dentist refused to try - he was too afraid I'd jerk away or something.
Definitely possible but quite painful. I have a crazy fear of novocaine needles and it was worth the extra pain for me. I didn't jerk but I did cry.
post #105 of 113
meh. I did end up with an epi because of exhaustion/pitocin. I'm not a sissy, but if I saw someone wearing that, I don't think I'd be so much offended as in disbelief. If someone has to put others down to make themselves feel good about their "choices" (because medical interventions aren't always a choice)- that's pretty sad, and they must not be very enlightened or peaceful people. It says much more about their own life than anyone else's.
post #106 of 113
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Originally Posted by bri276 View Post
[...]It says much more about their own life than anyone else's.
I agree.
post #107 of 113
I saw that shirt and told a friend about it - I think it's awful! What a horrible assumption to make that all women who get epidurals are sissies! That is name-calling and it is awful!

I am a doula so I definitly believe that epidurals have to be very carefully used but I can't believe that someone would call a woman a sissy for using one.
post #108 of 113
Just thought some might want to lend support over here :
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...94#post9419294
post #109 of 113
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Originally Posted by TCMoulton View Post
Definitely possible but quite painful. I have a crazy fear of novocaine needles and it was worth the extra pain for me. I didn't jerk but I did cry.
I'm sure I would have, too. I was over an hour in the chair, with a triple-root tooth. I was ready to cry just from having my jaw wedged open for so long. I'm sure the pain would have been bad...but I really, really hate novocaine...
post #110 of 113
I don't really find it offensive...it's just kinda lame. I'd never wear it.
post #111 of 113
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
I read the works of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read and think that his works were a load of misogynistic hooey. I've had four births, all different, but all involved some degree of pain or another, with no major complications. It didn't seem prudent to listen to a man tell me how birth "should" be, seeing how he has never gone through it. Personally, I don't think telling women birth shouldn't be painful if they do it right is the path to more natural childbirths. This is probably for another thread though.
I. totally. agree.
post #112 of 113

It's all in the perspective.

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post #113 of 113
I'm actually not offended by it. But I can see how others would be.
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