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Correct, but a straight cath, which is inserted just long enough to drain the bladder, retracted and the patient is then again cath free. A straight cath is different than an indwelling cath, which is left in place. A straight cath is not left in place. Also it depends on the hospital and Ob if you are NPO. The hospital's policy was NPO but my Ob said I could drink and eat while laboring, and I did.
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
However, our culture continues putting mothers and babies at risk by encouraging these choices.
The culture is not going to change on its own, however. Doctors will not suddenly and spontaneously release their grip on the ease of medical delivery to allow nature to work.
I have not had birth trauma like some of the previous posters, so I am coming at this from a relatively normal state of giving birth.
My first labour/delivery I begged my midwife for an epidural during transition and she helped me through it with other methods. We had agreed upon this before labour... I had a very fast transition and pushing phase - ended up with a fourth degree tear, pushing in a supported squat position.
Then I really wished I'd had that epidural. Never, EVER have I felt anything like that.
Due to spinal complications from a surgery fifteen years ago, and a laminectomy, I was counseled against having another vaginal birth. I visited two midwife practices, and we consulted with two OBs. Everyone was on the same page.
I ended up with a c-section this past December. I'm not sure which was worse - the fourth degree tear, or the section. I do know I recovered a LOT more quickly from the section. The tear took years to heal, and I still have some issues.
My poor girly parts!
To finish, I have ZERO judgement for women choosing epidurals. Who am I to decide who's pain is what? First thing we were taught about pain in nursing, is that it's subjective. If someone says their pain is a ten - it's a ten. End of discussion.
Do I wish that women were given more support and other ways of managing, coping with pain? That there was more frank discussion about labour pain? You bet, but we're just not there yet.
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