Epidurals: Are they really so bad?

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Epidurals: Are they really so bad?
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:38pm

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:50am

If they're not as bad, does that also mean they're not as good? That's the problem with medications for childbirth. Ideally you'd want total analgesia, but no numbness or confusion for the mother, and no effect on the baby. That's impossible.

I had a c-section in 1998 with an epidural or spinal (not sure which, though there was no "spinal headache" afterwards) that didn't work. And they're cutting back from that? I wouldn't have liked the narcotics anyway. If I were drugged like that, I'd have less ability to cope with pain AND less ability to let people know about it.

A friend of mine posted details of her very recent (This month) childbirth. She wanted more narcotics, less of the other, in the epidural that she ultimately had (after trying to do without), but the anesthesiologist wouldn't give it to her. (Doubtless, he had a standard mixture, and never made up his own).

The problem is almost certainly a "one-size-fits-all" approach to childbirth.

Cthulu Crochet

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 9:59am
ca_dreamer wrote:

If they're not as bad, does that also mean they're not as good? That's the problem with medications for childbirth. Ideally you'd want total analgesia, but no numbness or confusion for the mother, and no effect on the baby. That's impossible.

I agree.