Getting an epidural is a personal choice you should make with education you receive from your doctor. Pain is subjective. Everyone experiences it differently. It's going to hurt more during labor than you might think, especially if it's your first baby. You don't know what to expect. Labor is usually the most significant pain a woman has felt. We ask patients to rate their pain from 0-10. First time moms may say their pain is a 10, even when they're 1 centimeter. They just don't know how bad it's going to get. Some women deliver without using any form of analgesia, whether that be IV pain medication or an epidural. They make it through. There are pros and cons to getting an epidural and it depends on the situation you want. A pro is controlled pain. A common misconception about epidurals is they relieve all sensation. A good epidural is one where you can feel pressure. You may know you're having a contraction and this helps with pushing. Women who don't want to feel anything are disappointed they still feel pressure when they're contracting. But it doesn't hurt; it takes away the pain. But epidurals aren't perfect. Sometimes you have to be re-dosed during labor and receive just a little bit more medication to keep you on top of the pain. We keep you on one side during labor; that's best for the baby. It doesn't have to do with an epidural. The side that's down will be more numb. The side that's up may hurt more, so we flip you over and give you more medication. One possible downside to having an epidural is you can't move. You can't walk around. You may have a little control over your legs to shift yourself in the bed, but you can't get up and walk. Some see that as a con. You need to have a catheter to drain your bladder but it goes and out when you're numb. There are also benefits to having an epidural. Many studies show that epidurals slow the progress of labor, which they can if you get it too soon. But, they can also speed up labor because if you can't control your pain and breathe properly-- in fact, if you don't breathe properly and take in enough oxygen and blow off the proper amount of carbon dioxide, it messes up the carbon dioxide and oxygen balance in your blood and that affects all of your organs including the uterus and circulation to your baby. It's very important to breathe properly. Make sure you're in control. If you're not in control, it's a good time to start thinking about an epidural because it can halt your progress. I've taken care of patients who have been 7 centimeters for 4 hours until they get an epidural and then 20 minutes later, they're 10 centimeters and ready to push and have their baby. There are instances where it can speed it up. Sometimes it slows it down if you get it too soon. Some doctors feel another benefit to an epidural is when it comes time to push the baby out, you're able to do controlled pushes instead of when you don't have an epidural, that instinct causes you to push as hard as you can with all your might and often times, that increases your chances of tearing. Recovery might be a little bit better after having an epidural. Now, as with any procedure, there's always risks. The biggest risks are infection and bleeding but many things are done to reduce this risk and we know that a possible side effect of an epidural is having your blood pressure drop. In efforts to decrease that effect, we give you a lot of fluid beforehand through your IV. This increases your blood pressure so when it drops from the effects of the epidural, it keeps it even. If it drops a little bit lower than we expect, there's easy ways to bring it back up and it's usually inconsequential to you and the baby. Possible risks of getting an epidural. One of the biggest ones is a spinal headache and this happens 1% of the time where afterwards, you could have one of the worst headaches you've ever had in your life. But, it's not permanent and there are easy fixes to it. There are also other risks that can be associated with the placement of it. The medication can go into a blood vessel that's in your back and the anesthesiologist is likely to ask you after they've finished with the procedure, do you have any ringing in your ears, funny tastes in your mouth, dizziness, those sorts of things. Those can be indications it's gone into a blood vessel instead of into the epidural space. The anesthesiologist would just try it again, place it in the proper place, and get you comfortable. In very rare circumstances, it can cause a little persistent numbness and tingling after the time period where your epidural should have worn off. This is about 1 in 10,000. It's rare. If you have more questions, ask your OB provider, the nurses, and anesthesiologist at the hospital. They'll answer your questions and assist you. If you have any other questions for me,ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/intermountainmoms and recommend us to your friends and family, too.
I hear many moms say that having an epidural gave them long term back pain after having the baby, freaks me out , going natural for this birth, also want to be able to feel everything down there and be more aware of my body, if it works for you then that’s great but I rather go through the pain then chance the risks
I gave birth three weeks ago and i went through majority of labor natural . I asked for a epidural at 7.5 cm due to the pains i was having which felt like really bad diarrhea pains and within no time i was told to start pushing . First time mom and was scared shitless but none the less i never screamed or became dramatic like the movies lol i calmly breathed and sighed/moaned through it all and sunday november 11th 2018 at 4:30am a beautiful boy was born. FYI i have absolutely no back pains and i feel like my pre pregnancy self .....well besides the fact i cant sleep longer then a hour cause you know.....i have to prepare feedings for baby lol
Ive heard the opposite with epidurals, that you are actually more prone to tearing when you have an epidural because you cant tell whether or not you are pushing correctly, versus when you don't have one you can tell if you are pushing correctly.
I regret getting my epidural because I was 8 1/2 centimeters dilatedh when I got one and my contractions stopped. I ended up having to get pitocin and the midwife had to break my water to get contractions going again.
I ended up pushing for 1 hour and tearing!
All I keep seeing is posts saying about having a baby naturally!..I got an epidural so you’re gonna tell me because of that I didn’t have her natural?...lol oh please shut up I pushed her out of my vagina don’t get more natural than that haha
I’m sorry but this channel is awful. Blatantly promoting fear of childbirth and the idea that you should just lay down and let medical staff push whatever they want on you so they can make your labor fit into their narrow definition of ideal. I’ve watched several videos and all are the same - making birth a medical event.
I had a home birth to avoid medical intervention. ♡ Yes it's painful but I was able to feel my leg muscles during pushing so I didn't tear. I could walk up and down stairs and sit right after birth. Easy recovery, felt perfect the next day, just tired. I'd rather have 1 day of pain, than weeks of an epidural tears recovery.
I just delivered naturally.
I must be odd cause I felt my body bearing down but I didn't ever want to push more than what my body was doing.
The doctors told me to push harder and I growled "NOOOOOOO."
It was amazing how calm everything was in between my last few contractions. There was no screaming, not a word from anyone in there. I could just breath and be thankful
I had an epidural and it was amazing. Doesn’t hurt at all when you have intense pain from contractions. It only took like 15 minutes, and it was a huge relief when all was done I could rest until ready to push and I felt everything just numb to the pain.
My god, you women! First of all, unless the baby doesn't come from your vagina - it's a natural birth. What you mean to say is “unmedicated”. Second, IF YOUR LABOR WAS GREAT AND YOU MADE THROUGH IT DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL BE LIKE THAT FOR EVERYONE. WRITE THAT DOWN AND REPEAT BEFORE YOU JUDGE OTHERS OR GIVE AN "EXPERT" ADVICE.
Natalie Green - exactly. Women who try to push the “natural birth” don’t really care about the pregnant person’s feelings on what’s happening to their body but idealize this mythical romanized past where they think things were better because it didn’t have the evil medical community or advancements in technology that have made gestation and birth safer for both the mother and baby. You want a home birth, that’s great, for you. You don’t want an epidural, that’s great, for you. Water birth or various positions? You do what makes you comfortable. Check out your hospital or birthing centres if that’s a thing where you live and see what your options are. But don’t try to guilt or shame women for wanting or needing medical intervention.
I was on my back my entire labor.. I couldn’t move my legs at all... until I was 7 cm. My epidural completely wore off around 7 cm and from 7-10cm I felt EVERYTHING... and I felt everything when I was pushing... hated my fuuuuuucking life. But she was my first; and I was only in labor for 11 hours and I pushed for 20 minutes.
I guess it depends on the hospital. I had an epidural with my first kid and didn't have anyone help me turn or get comfortable. I payed in the same position for 12 hrs and they told me when I was having contractions so I could push. I felt nothing. Not an experience I would want to go threw again.
I loved my unmedicated birth and will be doing that with my upcoming birth if at all possible. We were made for this, ladies! My recovery was amazing and ever since I've felt like I can do anything in life. It was a wonderful confidence booster for life. I have my birth story on my channel for anyone interested.
Before I went into labor, I didn't want an epidural and thought that people who got them just couldn't handle it. Karma got me on that one. When my husband was holding me up because I couldn't even stand during my contractions and the pain was literally making me vomit on the floor while he kept me from falling, I begged the nurse to get the epidural as quickly as possible. I was in labor for over 24 hours and the epidural allowed me to take a nap before the pushing started. I was so exhausted that I would not have been able to push if I hadn't gotten a break. I was able to be aware of what was going on because I was not distracted by the pain. I had ZERO side effects and I was able to eat and drink the whole time I was laying in bed. Even when I was pushing, the nurse was holding my cup for me to drink from. No one pressured me to get it. I told them before hand that I did not want one and when I asked for one, they made sure I really wanted it since I had told them differently before it all started. Everyone made me so scared to get one by only telling horror stories and they made me feel like I would be less of a mom if I got one. Shame on you for making people feel that way. Getting the epidural made my birth experience ideal and I would recommend them to anyone. It is YOUR baby, YOUR body, and YOUR choice. Don't let anyone let their opinion scare you or make you feel bad. Every birth is different too. Maybe my next one will be much shorter and I won't need one, but for this one I got it and I do not regret my decision at all. Maybe your birth was easy and if so, I am glad for you! Maybe yours was very hard and if so, I'm so sorry! Why can't we just let people make their own choices and leave them alone about it? Life is not a contest.
Abby Helm thanks for this info. I’ll be 14 weeks tomorrow and I have a low pain tolerance so it was never a question for me whether I’d get one or not! Lol but glad to hear that it did indeed make the process easier. Go you for even considering not having one! Lol and you’re right every single one of us is different and process pain differently. It’s every woman’s choice because she’s the one going through it!
Thats kind of what you get for thinking women who get epi's simply cant handle it. Everyone takes pain on different levels and handles things differently. For example im covered in tattoos and am scared shitless of real needles. Dont ever judge another mom for her choices.
I am both pro-epidural and pro-natural births and labor. I believe it's 100% up to each individual. I personally am hoping to have a natural labor because of an injury I sustained to my back. However I know this is not fully in my control, I may end up needing an epidural or even a c-section and I am happy with whatever is safest for my baby and myself. I know I need to have a flexible mindset, because in labor anything can happen. For me the hardest part has been wanting the support for a natural birth, and constantly encountering people who feel the need to tell me the worst, most horrifying scenario that they have ever heard of once they hear my decision to forego medicine with my birth. Even though, there are horror stories on both sides of the field! I just don't understand why people and other moms feel the need to try and frighten other moms in attempts to change their mind about how they plan to labor. At the end of the day we are all just hoping for happy, healthy babies and deliveries. I just try and respect everyone's decision, because it's just that, their choice to make. I do feel this video was presented in a pretty "epidural positive" attitude. I wish less Healthcare providers were so eager to discourage natural labor, especially since not everyone that has a natural labor chose to have one. personally, I know someone who was not allowed to have an epidural bc she has a spinal issue. and that too may be the boat I am in as well. I personally feel this video was pretty passively condescending to those planning on taking the natural route. Good luck to all the mommas with their babies and their labors, whatever route you take in L&D!
I just gave birth to a baby girl Sunday and I was told that a had a wet tap from the epidural my question is how long does it take for the headache to improve and how long does it take for the fluid that I lost to build back up please help worse headache ever
Lashawn Brown I had that and was laid up in bed for a week straight, flat on mg back even after 2 blood patches. The headache still lasted for a long time after that first week, but was manageable and not as crippling as those first 2 weeks. This was be worst pain o had ever felt in my life. I hope our spinal headache goes away sooner than later. Drinks plenty of fluids!!
My wife had a birth without epidural. We needed pitocin to progress the delayed labor. We avoided the epidural in the end. Best decision our family had made! No Epidural unless it is a life and death situation.
Why are people so anti epidural? Yes women have been giving birth for years without it but things have changed. Should we stop using cell phones because people went without it back in the day? Should we not use anything for pain when its available to us? So why is child birth any different. Pain is pain. Like what do people have to prove by not getting an epidural. Getting one doesn't make you less of a woman or mother. Giving birth is giving birth. These comments are so funny about how people use to do it back in the day. So what!!! This is a different time. With that being said if you don't want to not get an epidural that's fine but don't start talking about how they use to do it back in the day and they were fine.
Hi lovely, I saw your comment and I though is give my opinion. Women who give birth naturally don't do it to prove something. they do it because they are educated in the risks and benefits of epidurals. I beleive every woman has a right to choose her birth, so no hate. ♡ here's my opinion on why I had a natural birth, epidurals are great but they can lead to serious side effects. an epidural increases the chance of needing a C-section 40 to 60%. In America C-sections are 1 out of 3 births. Natural births normally have easier recovery because you can feel your leg and vaginal muscles and can feel when you are about to tear. most women who push on there own without nurses tend to not have any tears. I didn't tear at all with my baby. An epidural also blocks all communication to your brain including endorphins and oxytocin. the chemicals go into the bloodstream into the baby through the unbiblical cord which can drop the baby's heart rate, which is usually the cause of needing an emergency c section. All of my friends get epidurals and c sections so I have no judgements. Every women has a right to give birth how she likes, All women are equal and we are All Superwomen because we give life. ♡♡♡
Epidurals are such an American thing. The moms who didn't get epidurals "made it through"??? I have done three non medicated births, one induced, one a huge baby, and one at Home, and even though you think you will die from the pain, you won't . Hospital staff really push epidurals, but they really just want the $, and studies have shown you are 60% more likely to get a c-section when you use pain medication during labor versus none. They also like epidurals because it gives them more control over the situation. Again, the pain alone has never killed a woman, and women survived hundreds of years without them.
Regina Love I’m an LDRP nurse and we absolutely do not look at successful births as those that are more medicated! In fact, we have to keep our csection rate as low as possible, meaning we are to do all we can to avoid a section unless it’s absolutely necessary. Maybe the insurance companies feel that way, but doctors, nurses and hospital staff do not!
I got an epidural halfway through my labor I was up for 2 days it saved me I was extremely sleep deprived!..don’t make you weaker cause you get an epidural and just because you didn’t don’t make you better!..and no they didn’t pressure me into an epidural I’m the one that asked my nurse about it!..
My sister went to school for medical billing and coding. Her FIRST day in class they explained the difference between a "successful" birth and an "unsuccessful" birth.
An "unsuccessful" birth is equivalent to an unmedicated birth because the hospital makes less money.
That is disgusting!
epidural cost more and is the preferable option which the doctors prefer to give you (2000$)
I had totally natural hospital birth (1st baby) with no drugs and I survived. don't be scared of birth it's natural proces.
You do realize docs and nurses don’t pocket all that money, nor do we tally up charges during labor and delivery. We are doing our jobs, which is closely monitoring mom and baby. No one is thinking about money 🙄
Quick question. My husband would prefer I have a natural childbirth, where I know I'm a suck when it comes to pain. As much as I don't like needles, I feel that a epidural would be the best option. What should I do ? Does he have a say in that, or no since I am the one going through labor! thanks =)
Megan Stone lol NO. As a LDRP nurse, the only person who has a say in pain control in labor is the laboring mother. We would never in a million years not let a woman in labor get an epidural because her husband was standing around telling us no while she’s screaming yes. Omg.
I know this is old but if my husband had said something like that I’ll get divorce papers ready right then and there on just kidding but damn I would definitely lose it especially with being 37 weeks along right now
I think they do have a say in my opinion, epidural is a pretty heavy drug and pain to me is not worth drugging your own child before its born. Everything that going into your body is not just going to you... id take his points into account:) im due in june and every decision has been made between me and my boyfriend, they really want to be as big of a part as they can be
I lost it at “my husband would prefer”
It’s your body and you’re going to be the one going through pain
My boyfriend tried to talk me out of it
I just laughed and said
“When you push a baby out of your hole, you let me know how it goes. By the way, I’m getting the epidural.” It’s important to remember it’s not THEIR decision.
I feel like you are pro epidural. I think childbirth is a natural think that women have done since the beginning of time. surely trying to give birth naturally is best. the best birth position is not lying on your back as you are working against gravity. they say best birthing positions are an open position such as squatting and on all fours etc. where is the evidence to say that you are less likely to tear during an epidural vs a natural birth? I am under the impression that a natural delivery maybe in a birth pool can reduce and aid healing time as you are working with your baby and body to do what is natural.
I'm hearing number from 70% right up to 90% when trying to find out how many women do tear in childbirth but it's safe to say that, when the obscene epidural rates in the US, the numbers should be lower than that. Most tears are minor, but of course she won't mention that. I tore, had to have three stitches which were mildly annoying. I'd rather tear again than increase my risk of a c-section, have a catheter put in, be unable to walk and have even just the slightest risk of meningitis or paralyses.
Even if she is pro, it's not like she's biest. Like she said it's pros and cons are different for everyone and their circumstances. Natural birth is great and to me is admirable the amount of pain you suffer but some people just cannot handle that pain. Causing high anxiety, premature delivery Nausea. And that's only my personal experience with my first born. I'm definitely getting an epidural for my next delivery.
My mom 4 babies naturally and went home after 2 days but when she went in for her 5th baby she got an epidural and couldn't walk for a week she thought she was paralyzed. The hospital called social services to take the baby until she was able to leave the hospital. We wasn't able to meet our little brother till he was almost 2 weeks old.
The way you laid out the "facts" in this video, makes your opinion fairly obvious. Your very pro-epidural, so why pretend to act like you support women wanting a natural birth? It's nurses like you that I don't want in my birth room. How dare you try and use scare tactics and contrived neutrality to persuade women to go with the medicated intervention. Birth and delivery is a completely natural process that modern medicine has truly ruined, and if you look at statistics and ask around.. There's a lot more at risk by allowing these interventions. Ladies!! You can do this, your body was meant to give birth and in almost every case (even high risk) a natural delivery IS POSSIBLE! Don't be a slave to the doctors and nurses of this world, trust your instincts and choose the higher road, you and your baby deserve a natural birth. All of these medical interventions and pain management only slow the process and confuse your body, which in turn requires more medication to counter the effects.
Sapphire Smilez exactly. When I just had my baby I got the epidural because i was in natural labor for two days and I couldnt deal with the pain on top of the nurses yelling at me and bullying me anymore. How about the epidural did not work for me AT ALL! but it didn't make my baby's and my own heart beat continuously drop.
Hello Beautiful, I had a natural birth to avoid the medical interventions. my hospital has a 96% epidual rate and a 40% c section rate. So I had a home birth. but I totally agree with you on women's body's being able to give birth naturally. I feel my baby had an easier entrance into the world because there was no drugs in her system. and I didn't tear because no one had to tell me to push, I pushed on my own. It was Awesome!! painful labor but super easy recovery, didn't need any pain pills. ♡ I Love natural birth and I am going to have a home birth for all my babies. also every friend of mine has had a c section. and I don't know anyone personally who has had a natural birth, so I'm so glad you commented cuz now I know there are other women like me who believe in their bodies to give life naturally. ♡♡♡ Thank you so much for your Beautiful comment!
Bailey Tenerovich this video is obviously for the women who are considering an epidural. If you're not considering an epidural then maybe this video is not for you. Please consider this next time the "cons" are not where you feel they should be. From what I know she's an amazing nurse and let's not try to put her down.
Yeah. But she also posts a video on natural births. She also stated the cons of epidurals. Catheters, being unable to walk, head aches, possible prolonged labor,
And FYI. Epidurals aren't a hard of a sell. Plenty of women who wanted a natural birth screamed for an epidural(fully aware some don't ask for one too) Want to not feel the most excruciating pain of your life? Here ya go.
I think every body is different their is a con she didn't mention Babys heart beat can drop and can lead to a c section I didn't know that the nurses did not mention that and yes wen sighing the paper it does say u can stay paralyzed I went in on sun had her Tuesday getting the epidural did help me I was at 6 and a half did not open I did not sleep those three days until I got the epidural it helped me relax and I opened to 10 right away I was able to still feel her coming down which was a positive thing made pushing stage really fast hope this helped
My third babies blood pressure as well as mine dropped dangerously low after I got an epidural. I got so sick, I kept throwing up, and I had to have an emergency c-section, because my Doc said they don't dare risk losing my baby with her blood pressure dropping. He said they can fade fast, and that he'd rather be safe than sorry. My Doctor handled everything amazingly well, and my baby girl is almost 10 months old!
It's absolutely true. Obviously paralysis-by-epidural is so rare it's almost unheard of, but it CAN happen. So that's a risk people should be aware of and decide if they're comfortable rolling the dice that way...
I could not feel pressure or anything at all after I had my epidural. Plus the nurse pushed the button releasing more without asking. Saying you will need it . I don't even know how I managed to push at all.
I could not feel pressure or anything at all after I had my epidural. Plus the nurse pushed the button releasing more without asking. Saying you will need it . I don't even know how I managed to push at all.
I've had the spinal migraine from a spinal tap 2 years ago. It has been, by far, the worst pain I have ever encountered. I ended up needing a blood patch. Couldnt walk for 3 weeks because my brain felt like it was being sucked out of the back of my head whime my spinal cord was being stabbed. Absolutely unbareable. I am now 19 weeks pregnant and absolutely terrified of the epidural. I am so scared I will get the spinal migraine again.
+Madison Keen She said the same thing, except that she said the pain moves to her upper back and shoulders. Thank you for sharing. I've never had the epidural because i was too afraid of the side effects. Unfortunately, she had to have a C section and they do it automatically.
Hi, I tried to go to the facebook page, but the link didn't work. I was wondering what the chances are of an epidural failing. I don't mean just it needs to be re-dosed or replaced, but never works, or only works on one side.
Ladies, that 1% that get the headache after receiving an epidural is much higher. I know of 2 people who have had holes left near their spines and caused them to have horrible migraines. So I'd beware if I were you.
+Danica Barnitz it worked for me but now its been two months since i had my baby and my back hurts the spinal hurts i have to use support like a wit trainer so it dosent hurt im hispanic and us hispanics when we give birt we saty in bed a whole entire mont just standing up for personal needs because grandmas says that if u dont rest at leadt dor a mont consequiences will come later so ladies please take care of ur self dont exersize two weeks later after u gave birt dont work right away i promise u if u do that u will later have back pain knee pain this is true as our body goes throught a lot of pain and our lower bones open incredible😱😭
I've had the spinal migraine from a spinal tap 2 years ago. It has been, by far, the worst pain I have ever encountered. I am now 19 weeks pregnant and absolutely terrified of the epidural. I am so scared I will get the spinal migraine again.
I'm terrified of needles, and I have a very low tolerance to pain. What are other ways to reduce the pain and how painful is the actual epidural? I would really like to know this I'm a first time mom and it will help me so much in my decision. Thank you so much please respond
Kayla M. I'm going to be honest I hate thought of both as well. I knew I would get epidural still but was scared of it. I just got home from hospital. I was in labor for 30 hours I got to hospital at about 23 hours into it and gave birth 7 hours later. I went in at 6 cm dialated and in intense pain and asked for it. I was crying and rocking back and forth and puked a couple times from it. I couldn't move without setting them off. The person who gave me the epidural talked me through everything which I thought would make it worse but didn't. They placed a numbing needle and all I felt was a slight sting from it. Then after that I felt slight pressure but no pain at all from the needle to put in epidural. I did have to sit still during a contraction but it wasn't too hard. They gave me a dosage right away to get it started and by the next contraction it felt much better but still hurt by the next one after that it fully kicked in and I just felt pressure. You can dose yourself every so often and I only gave myself three doses the whole time. Nurses where amazed but I didn't want to risk loosing all feeling down there even though they said the amount they are allowing computer to give me at certain times wouldn't do that. I wasn't able to push up on my back like I needed to easily but I had a wonderful husband who helped me with that. When it came to push I was able to do that just fine I felt the urge to push and was able to do so. Now you should be able to feel the pain of baby come out of you still. After baby came out they took out epidural and it took an hour for feeling to return and for me to be able to move again.
When I got to my room I could walk and do most stuff I did notice I had no upper body strength to pull myself up for a day. And next day my shoulders hurt plus my back hurt. I'm three days in and my back still has a bit of pain but not bad at all. Oh and you will get a cathedral in you to pee but I didn't feel it get put in at all nor taken out
getting the epidural doesnt hurt because youll be having contractions during the process lol i couldnt keep my body curled so i had to ask the nurse that assisted me to push me down she was very hesitant about it.... but i think i got it too early because i was in labor for 12+ hours but the side effects to me are worse they affected me for a week in a half so still not to sure if ill go with the epidural on this one or not
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