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My midwife group had a rate of about 50%.
Unfortunately, I presented with preeclampsia, and was induced at 39weeks because my blood pressure was 150/110 and they were concerned about me and the babe. I really really wanted to have a natural birth, even with an induction, but I was forced to have an epidural because once they cranked up the pitocin and my contractions started, my bp went up to 160/120 and they insisted that the epidural would bring it down. It held it steady, but didn't bring it down.
My birth experience was very difficult, and ended (predictably) in a c-section. But the only part where I really cried desperate sad tears was when I got the epidural. It was the moment that I was made to relinquish all control of my labor and birth, and I was horribly disappointed in my body. I had spent 9 months imagining bouncing on the birth ball, laboring in the shower, walking, etc. etc. and all that was gone the minute that needle went in. The hours of labor after the epi were miserable. I couldn't feel him move any more. Everyone who entered the room (midwife included) talked to the monitors, not to me. I was not permitted to move except for a few attempts to turn the baby by going on my hands/knees.
Between the pitocin and the epidural, my temperature also went up, which put me on antibiotics and put my baby in the NICU for observation for 3 days.
Thankfully he and I were both healthy, but it was very hard.
For the record, even after induction, epi, and c-sec, Nate was 100% alert and looking all around right after his birth.
Spiralshell -- Mama to David Nathaniel, born October 2009. And so you see I have come to doubt all that I once held as true. I stand alone without belief, the only truth I know is you.