If You Could Have Changed Your Pain Relief Method in Labor, Would You?
When I was admitted to the hospital, in labor with my first child, I didn't know what to expect. I had been to the childbirth classes, and I had read up on the natural processes of labor, complications that could arise from it, and my pain relief options. I had it set on early on that I would request an epidural to aid with the pain. (I was plagued with kidney stones through my pregnancy, and I was so over pain at that point.)
My labor was scary, and the birth was scary, too, due to complications, but I was glad I had chosen and received an epidural pain relief method. I've never had a med-free childbirth, with the next two needing to be inductions and my fourth being a c-section, but I don't think I would have changed a thing.
Because I am medically considered “high risk,” I can't safely have a birth I would really want: a water birth in my own home surrounded by my own family. I don't have a typical situation, though, being high risk, so I was curious if other mothers had a “wish I could have done it differently” moment when it came to pain relief choice during a vaginal labor.
I took it to Facebook and asked my friends if they could have changed it, in hindsight, would they have.
A 10-hour home birth
“I prepared for my birth with Hypnobabies, had a 78-hour home birth, and 10 hours of pushing, and I wouldn't have changed a thing.” — Crystal
“I had two epidurals at one hospital with my first two babies … and [with] my last baby, I had an epidural at a different hospital. I wish I had known there were different kinds of epidurals … I felt NOTHING with the first two … thank goodness … and felt EVERYTHING with the last one. That communication would have been nice. I survived.” — Aimee
Laughing gas versus an epidural
“I wish with [my first child], Leia, I had laughing gas. I had an epidural headache for months afterwards.” — Angie
Too late for an epidural
“When I had my son, I had planned on trying to stay med free. My water broke, and by the time I got to the hospital I was 7-cm dilated and begging for an epidural. Midwives told me I was too far and couldn't get it anymore.
“I gave birth naturally, and I wouldn't change a thing. It hurt like hell, but once my son came out, the pain stopped, and it was all worth it. If I get the chance to be a mama again, I will hope for the same natural birth I had with my son.” — Jessica
Med-free all the way
“I was grateful I chose med free with my last, as it was necessary for me to stand up to deliver him! Shoulders stuck behind my pubic bone.” — Jenna
What about you? If you had the chance to change your pain relief method during labor would you? Share in the comments!