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Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Re: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

The Bump Expert

This is a personal decision with no wrong answer. Some of the reasons why women choose to go "natural" include a desire to avoid medical intervention and to minimize baby's exposure to medications. Maybe they want to make sure they can feel contractions as they push, to help get the timing perfect. If that doesn't sound like you, there are safe meds to help with the pain. Over half of the women who have hospital births choose epidural anesthesia. It allows for a steady flow of medication through an injection near your spinal cord, preventing you from feeling most pain below the waist. If you get one, know that you may not be able to walk once it's administered and you may still feel its effects for hours after delivery. Some other options are a spinal block (similar but lasts only a couple of hours) and a local anesthesia. If you do opt for a med-free birth, it's important to know some pain-management techniques. Take a natural-birthing class so you'll know what to expect every step of the way.

Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

I am very disappointed with the answer from the bump expert. This response tells readers about what meds are available. If a women is considering going naturally it is more appropriate to recommend things that will help her to achieve that goal such as the Bradley method or Hypnobabies not epidurals and spinals!

Sharon21 |

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I agree. The only advise is to take a birthing class to learn about natural birthing techniques. Thanks for nothing.

alisonbarc |

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I agree. This is a disappointing answer. The response fails to mention any resources.

Xles10 |

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well most dr's dont know a lot about natural births and techniques. it would have been better to ask a natural birth expert.

Texas77again |

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I agree what a terrible response. There is nothing that discusses different natural birth techniques. This answer should be revised to give both perspectives.

Mrs.Handy |

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This answer doesn't address the fact that any medical intervention comes with serious risks, but especially a needle being inserted less than an inch from your spinal cord. Yikes.

GoldenPeaches |

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Sadly, this response does not suprise me. Women who choose to birth without unnecessary interventions are often on their own to figure out what resources are available to them. The most important thing a woman can do if she wants a med-free birth is to choose a care provider who supports her.

LindseyJW |

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OMG! I am an advocate for natural birth and I too feel strongly about making resources available for women who are interested in unmedicated delivery. I recommend Ina May Gaskin's books, they give wonderful accounts of natural child birth form the mommy's perspective and discuss all of the hot button issues surrounding natural child birth. Unfortunately, if you are seeking answers and resources about natural child birth you have to do a bit of digging. Check amazon.com for books and dvds! Good luck mama!

Emmy Lou |

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Is there currently a Bump expert that can give a more unbiased answer? I'm having a hard time getting information from either side that does not use scare tactics. Does anyone know of any good resources that are informative and as close to unbiased as possible?

Moxie777 |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

This answer was completely one-sided, and unhelpful for those trying to get more information on natural childbirth. Very Disappointed!!

LizOller |

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wow! that sure helps! I don't think any answer that sets out to discuss natural childbirth should include options on pain meds. that makes no sense.

youngcalimom |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Hi all, Check out two good documentaries--"Pregnant in America" and "The Business of Being Born." Also, I plan to deliver naturally and am going to take the Bradley Method classes. I hope this helps!

susiesal |

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I agree with susiesal! The documentaries are amazing and you will never look at the hospital birthing system the same. Hypnobirthing and Bradley classes are also very informative. Another piece of advice would be to check and see if there are any midwifery centers near your area. They have a wealth of unbiased information that they could point you to! Trust your body and good luck!

owygle |

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Moxie777 finding information that is itself unbiased will be difficult to find. The opinions of people on either side of this topic are strongly held, each believing the other to be extremely dangerous. I agree with Emmy Lou that reading Ina May's books is a great resource for natural births. May is a wealth of information with many years experience. Also do little digging on the World Health Organization website. The documentaries susiesal mentioned are both good, though from a natural birth perspective. I preferred "Pregnant in America" as the couple also travels abroad, seeking the habits and opinions of people in other countries.

Journey27 |

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I am currently taking Bradley classes, which are very helpful. In addition, I have to agree that the documentary "Pregnant in America" in very informative. My first pregnancy I was not very informed about the effects of different drugs used. I was like most people who believe that what they are giving in the hospitals would be completely safe. This pregnancy I am opting for a VBAC delivery, which my doctor is completely in support of. He is also pro-natural birth...hard to find that in the medical field today. I would recommend for all pregnant mama's to just educate yourself and learn to be your own advocate. You will know what is best for yourself and your baby.

giamarie05 |

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This is all???

babym122111 |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

I'm agreeing with everyone else, this answer is really not even addressing the topic. I clicked hoping to learn more, because as other have stated resources seem to be limited about natural birthing.

nannerzmom |

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I actually like the answer. If you really ENJOY pain, more power to you. I will stick with an epidural.

angruz |

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I'm planning on employing a doula to help me out :)

sprklinbluiz77 |

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I think the biggest problem with this expert is that she is an OB/GYN. Of course she would advocate more towards meds, she is a specialist who is trained to look at labor and delivery as a medical emergency! It bothers me to no end that doctors fail to explain the risks of all of these "safe" medications. As a registered nurse who has experience in labor and delivery (but has since gone to intensive care) I have seen first hand what these meds can do. Epidurals slow down your conractions, dilation, and effacement. They also drop your blood pressure, and cause bladder spasms. Because of this you are going to need an IV which will allow a continuous flow of normal salene to keep your blood pressure up, but can also put you into fluid overload. If your contractions slow, they will start you on pitocin which is an artificial hormone that causes your uterine contractions to become longer and stronger than natural ones. This can put a lot of stress on your baby and cause heart rate issues which usually end in a cesarean or forceps/vacuum delivery. As for injectible meds like morphine, demerol and nubain, they all cross the blood/brain barrier and can get into your baby's system causing him/her to become sleepy and cause a drop in heart rate. This can also lead to cesarean or assisted birth. Think about it, you aren't supposed to have a glass of wine or soft cheeses, but narcotics are ok? For me, it's not about being a "hero", it's about having a delivery that will give me the healthiest baby. People say that they would die for their children, going through a few hours of natural labor is a piece of cake compared to that. No one ever died from labor pain!

lauren_22 |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

My wife had a methadone treatment and she couldn't use any type of painkillers for the birth as she risked relapsing. She was so afraid of giving birth with no assistance. But all that passed away. She only remembers the face our child had and not the pain leading to that. I guess it's just one of those things, the love for your child is greater than any pain you can experience.

denfletcher |

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I actually found this answer helpful to me. How would you expect them to give you resources? My resources here in VT are, obviously, much different than someone else's in another state. Plus, every mother is different and there may be other health risks involved with each person. I think it was necessary to leave an open ended answer.

AdoblerA |

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I've been talking to a lot of women about this, including my mother, and I've already prepared myself for a natural delivery. My doctor also suggested that it's better. I had an epidural anesthesia when I had my surgery at the Seattle Plastic Surgery Center and I lost all feeling, I couldn't even raise my toes or feel someone pinching me, so I can't imagine delivering my baby like that.

Tabatha Lupien |

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I agree with lauren. I remember the stories my mother used to tell about my birth and I remember her laughing and joking about it and her stories taught me that I need to accept that pain so as to have a healthy baby. I've been an alcoholic for a long time and after going to a dual diagnosis rehab I've recovered completely and I'm trying to conceive, and all that matters in this life for me is delivering my baby safely, no matter the pain I'm going to be in.

Hillary Shindler |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

"Maybe they want to make sure they can feel contractions as they push, to help get the timing perfect." Wow! What a horrible generalization with this expert answer! How about, Maybe they want to minimize their risk of a C-sect, or maybe they want to minimize the slippery slope of interventions and the adverse affects it has on their babies and themselves. Or maybe because they are strong, educated women who know that natural birth is right for them and do not want to give up the most powerful and empowering day of their life to their doctors. I wish The Bump would be more open to giving more honest information about natural births so they can help other women make better birthing choices and help limit the American epidemic of C-sects and unnecessary interventions during birth.

jennjenn5158 |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Also, I think everyone should watch the documentary The Business of Being Born. It's very informative and was more than enough to reinforce my decision to go with a natural delivery. You can watch it instantly online on Netflix if you happen to have an account, but I'm sure it's available to rent or buy at most movie rental stores.

KelseyBear23 |

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Sometimes going med free allows for the baby to be able to help you push itself out unlike with a medicated birth that makes the baby a little groggy. Also, the techniques to handle the pain can make it seem almost as if there is no pain at all. I personally know some women who have had natural births and they never felt any pain at all. So having a natural birth does not mean you "like pain" as some are saying. It has nothing to do with that at all.

AnanaFox |