I realize that not everyone's experience with an epidural is positive. But I really feel that the birthing process must be what suits the parents. They must be comfortable with whatever they do and shouldn't be pressured one way or another. No matter how it's done, bringing a new human being into the world is a beautiful and unforgettable experience!
Lamaze Childbirth Educator Response
Your story reminds us that one size does not fit all! While there are benefits to unmedicated birth for some women, for others the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. How wonderful that you knew yourself well enough to make the best choices for you.
I hope you aren't giving too much credit to the epidural, however. From what you describe, I can tell you were very confident; you had a supportive partner and midwife; you stayed home until you were in strong, active labor; and, importantly, at every step of the way your wishes were respected. All these things had as much -- or more -- to do with your positive feelings about your birth as the medication did.
I love your statement that the breathing "just happened very naturally." Yes! The whole point of using breathing patterns in labor is to reduce stress and pain, so of course they have to be comfortable, natural, rhythmic. The highly structured breathing techniques that once were associated with Lamaze are long gone.
Thanks for sending in your story.
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