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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

"I Couldn't Ever Labor without an Epidural!"

In America, besides pharmaceuticals, OBs aren't taught pain reducing techniques to offer their laboring patients. And, women watch too much TV birth drama (including TLC birth stories) that doesn't help us to become informed of our options. pain in labor:
Here are other non-pharmaceutical ways women have coped with labor.

Before Pregnancy:
Good Nutrition
Stop watching TV birth stories

During Pregnancy:
Good Nutrition
Careful choice of birth provider
Preparation by taking out of hospital birth classes
Read positive birth stories
Mentally and spiritually prepare with positive affirmation
Surround yourself with people who support your decision to have a natural birth

In Labor:
Doula support which includes a combination of the following
Faith in Birth
Epidurals are dangerous! Interfering! And Denying!


crispy said...

I was so determined to do a VBAC and knew that an epidural could increase my chance of a c-section. I was able to push a "face presentation" baby out without an epidural. I just didn't let it enter my mind as a possibility.

catalina said...

That's where you have to stop it! The bad stories have to be stopped and it has to be replaced with positive and encouraging stuff ... I think it's important to look for positive friends too ... Some people are real downers :/

catalina said...

Yeah, definetly encouraging people ... that was the worst for me ...

Country Midwife said...

On the right track, as always, Doc!

I might take inspiration from this and post some of my 30 years of labor support methods to my blog, to get it going on the right track, too.

Of course, you're already linked there as a favorite!

See ya,

Country Midwife

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