Getting the most from an Epidural in Labor

 

Having an epidural in labour at St Michael’s Hospital

Video taken from the channel: University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS FT


 

When can I receive an epidural during labor?

Video taken from the channel: StoneSprings Hospital Center


 

Should You Get an Epidural for Pain Relief During Labor & Delivery?

Video taken from the channel: Birth Injury Help Center


 

Anesthesia Pain Relief

Video taken from the channel: Allina Health


 

Should You Get an Epidural… or Not? How to Make the Epidural Decision for Your Labor

Video taken from the channel: Sarah Lavonne


 

Pain relief in labour: epidurals English

Video taken from the channel: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


 

How an epidural is given during childbirth

Video taken from the channel: Bupa Health UK


Getting the Most out of an Epidural in Labor. 1. Learn About Epidurals. Knowing what happens when you get an epidural will make you less fearful of the process. You should also know about the 2. Be Realistic. 3. Try to Relax.

4. Know Your Hospital’s Policies. 5. Use the Epidural Wisely. What are the pros of having an epidural?

Pain relief. Epidural is one of the most effective methods for pain relief during delivery and childbirth, and it has minimal side effects on both It allows you to rest. It can help you stay alert. It may help reduce postpartum depression.

You can get an. If you’re looking for a safe, effective option for pain relief during labor, an epidural is an ideal choice. Allowing you to be present for your birth. An epidural will help to relieve your pain during birth—whether it’s vaginal or via c-section —while also allowing you to be awake and alert.

A much-needed break. You will be asked to arch your back and remain still while lying on your left side or sitting up. This position is vital for preventing problems and increasing epidural effectiveness. An antiseptic solution will be used to wipe the waistline area of your mid-back to. minimize the chance of infection. Other pain relief options late in labor: Get a single spinal injection instead of an epidural.

You can usually get a spinal block injection placed within five minutes. It’ll take effect within another five minutes, giving you complete pain relief that lasts a few hours. Get a combined spinal/epidural.

If you deliver by cesarean, an epidural will allow you to stay awake to see your baby. After a cesarean, an epidural will also provide effective pain relief during recovery. If you tear during pushing, your epidural numbs your perineum while your doctor is stitching. An epidural is an effective method of pain relief that works for most women during labor. However, in about 5 percent of cases, the procedure provides patch or one-sided relief.

In most of such cases, the anesthesiologist corrects this without repeating the procedure. Page moved: https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/labor-and-birth/epidural-782. Epidurals pain-blocking spinal injections are the most common type of pain relief for laboring women in the U.S.. Recent nationally representative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates suggest 61 percent of women who gave birth vaginally, and to one baby, received spinal anesthesia, or an epidural.

Getting an epidural is a process. It’s not a quick shot you can receive that makes the pain go away immediately. It takes approximately an hour to feel relief from the procedure once you’ve asked for one.

I do need to complete some pre-procedure tasks before you are able to see the anesthesiologist.

List of related literature:

The advantage of the combined spinal-epidural is that if relief from the spinal wears off before the birth, the anesthesia staff can add anesthetics to the epidural catheter instead of having to give you another shot.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

Here’s what you can expect if you’re having an epidural:

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

After the epidural catheter is taped, place the patient in a full lateral or supine position, with right or left uterine displacement (using pillows to shift the uterus off the vena cava and aorta), and elevate the head of the bed slightly, that is, 30 to 40 degrees.

“Labor and Delivery Nursing: Guide to Evidence-Based Practice” by Michelle Murray, PhD, RNC, Gayle Huelsmann, BSN, RNC
from Labor and Delivery Nursing: Guide to Evidence-Based Practice
by Michelle Murray, PhD, RNC, Gayle Huelsmann, BSN, RNC
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

In fact, the stress of labour can be effectively reduced by the use of regional (epidural) anaesthesia, using slow incremental top-ups of low-dose Marcaine to avoid any sudden changes in blood pressure, and vaginal delivery avoids both the increased haemorrhage and infection risk of caesarean section.

“Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology” by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, Stergios Doumouchtsis, Lynette Denny
from Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, et. al.
Oxford University Press, 2019

Another potential benefit of neuraxial anesthesia (specifically for epidural or combined spinal-epidural techniques) is that the epidural catheter can be used for labor if induction of labor is scheduled to follow a successful ECV, or for surgical anesthesia should an emergent cesarean delivery be necessary.

“Faust's Anesthesiology Review E-Book” by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education
from Faust’s Anesthesiology Review E-Book
by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

If a patient admitted for delivery is very early in labor and perceiving a great deal of pain, the anesthetist might consider placing an epidural catheter and initially using plain narcotic until the labor becomes more active.

“Nurse Anesthesia E-Book” by John J. Nagelhout, Karen Plaus
from Nurse Anesthesia E-Book
by John J. Nagelhout, Karen Plaus
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Epidural analgesia is perceived as the most effective at diminishing maternal pain, and for those who request pharmacologic pain relief, patient satisfaction is higher and pain scores during labour are lower with epidural analgesia compared to narcotics.

“Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care” by Roger Jones (Prof.)
from Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care
by Roger Jones (Prof.)
Oxford University Press, 2005

Since for the most part you have to stay in bed once it’s administered, having an epidural makes it harder to move into new positions to help move your baby down into the sacred passageway (birth canal).

“Mama Glow” by Latham Thomas
from Mama Glow
by Latham Thomas
Hay House, 2012

Your labor will be shorter and easier if you have epidural medication,

“Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review” by Smith
from Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review
by Smith
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Three—quarters (76%) encourage the presence of partners during caesarean birth with epidural anesthesia, and 16% encourage them even when a general anesthetic is used.

“The Canadian Encyclopedia” by James H. Marsh
from The Canadian Encyclopedia
by James H. Marsh
McClelland & Stewart, 1999

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  • I’m 36 weeks atm and I have a phobia for injection because I used to be in hospital a lot when I was younger and then I in my teens I’ve had to go for vitamin B12 injection every 3 weeks just got so painful I couldnt deal the doc said rather get the tablets…long story short, birth is something on another level and I want to feel happy when I see my baby, third trimester is so harsh I already feel like no I dont want another child but I have been wondering about the epidural. I think its something I’d need to go through with I want to be happy for my first baby I dont wanna be traumatized. Thank you for everything

  • This is my second pregnancy but my first was a c-section. I’m curious what hurts the most, the contractions leading to birth or the actual delivery process?

  • With my firstborn my midwife said my 3 hr labour was one of the most quiet labours she’d ever experienced.. I was SILENT. I coped by rubbing my feet together ��‍♀️ until it became suffering.. then it was hello pethadine �� 1 hr later my baby was here!

  • I’m currently 35.3 weeks with second child. I had an epidural with the first with no problems and plan on having an epidural with my current. Thanks for all the great info!

  • Had epidurals with my son and daughter and will again with our LO that’s coming. No complaints. The poke in the back is not that horrible & so worth not hurting. Just my PO.

  • I’m a pain fighter not an pain embracer.. I was induced with both my pregnancies (41.5 weeks with 1st and 39.5 weeks with second) and the contractions had no build up or rhythm. I “suffered” for about 8 hours, and only progressed about 3 cm. I couldn’t even imagine what 10 cm would’ve been like.

    With my 1st, my labor didn’t progress until I got the epidural (relaxing was not in my vocabulary lol..total induce labor time 22 hours)

    With my second, I wouldn’t let them break my water until I had the epidural and the labor was half as long (about 12 hours)

    I am currently 30 weeks and regardless of whether I am induced or go naturally, plan on having and epidural. Being mostly pain free and rested vs stressed out freaked out and exhausted is worth it to me.

  • Im 39’weeks and 2 days, my cervix hasn’t open an I only get Braxton contractions I’m scared to get induced, At how many weeks it should be good to get induced? I’m so happy I got to watch your videos before giving birth ♥️

  • OMG you are awesome, I am new subscriber looking for baby #2, not pregnant yet, my first labor was HORRIBLE, I tear so badly I do want an epidural with my second. I love the way you talk. I am going to watch every single video in your channel

  • How dilated do you have to be to get the epidural? I dont want to get it so soon and it wares off. Im 37 wks and Im leaning towards it but heard from many people that it wares off.

  • I had an epidural with my son…..I’m a pansy with pain. I don’t regret it because it kept me happy and calm the whole time. I get anxiety with pain. The recovery didn’t seem too bad to me, but then again I don’t have a non epidural experience to compare it to, but I didn’t have any issues really. I did notice the epidural made me a little groggy and loopy (similar to laughing gas at the dentist)

  • I really like what u said..bring it on pain… ����I can bear I guess this pain to see my baby.. soon in this month soon..like a within a week…

  • I’m 26 weeks now and attempting my first VBAC with baby #3 my doc is requesting I get one just case of an emergency. This would be my second time with an epidural. I can’t really remember how it felt then it was 12 years ago ����‍♀️

  • Yes this is great. I went for 16 hours ‘coping’, but then I just became so exhausted from no sleep, dyhydration and so many painful contractions that I lost control of my contractions and just felt like I was being ‘attacked’ and felt the only way I could get though it was an epidural. If my baby had become engaged more quickly I would have likely avoided the epidural so I will be working on movements to get my baby engaged more quickly in labour next time. And also staying more hydrated.

  • I’d like to add that it differs with each labor too. My first, I had an epidural and it was fantastic. Loved it. My second, the epidural kept me from moving and feeling it, and I hated it. My third, I had in a bathtub, no epidural, and, again, I loved the experience. I’m pregnant again (my last one, I hate being pregnant, but I love being a mom, so, that’s a thing) and this time I do plan on going without again, but if I find myself suffering, I’m not going to be ashamed to get an epidural. Having done both, they’re both full of rewards and drawbacks. Skip the shame, and enjoy meeting your baby.

  • This is the generation of easy. Myself and all my Female relatives before me had NO epidural. NOW all my daughter hears are the Horror stories of the Millinials. Seems nobody can deal with pain. Always the easy way out nowadays. My mom labored for over 24 hours.. And she will tell you she remembers me… Not the pain..

  • I’m a mom of soon to be 5…my 1st 3 I got an epidural. I noticed it slowed my progress with labor but With my 3rd idk what went wrong….it was completely different from the others I couldnt stand without assistance (wheelchair tranfer) until 15 hours after having my baby…thank God for my husband…that pushed me to have our 4th natural (medfree) labor wasnt bad because I had prepared my body and mind for the process, I was able to eat real food (cheesesteak, fruit, etc) during labor and I was up 45 mins later able to take a shower, the only traumatic experience was my ecv. So here I am with our 5th and I’ll be having him naturally as well. Im not going back to epidural…not for me.

  • I am currently suffering from a complication caused by epidural called spinal headaches…will think hard about getting another epidural

  • Omg I love your videos! I have been having soooo much anxiety about giving birth. This is my first baby, I’m half way through, and you make me feel sooo much better ❤️❤️ Love love love!

  • Thank you for this. ❤️ I’m going to be 25 weeks tomorrow and I’m so torn on weather to get an epidural or not. I’m one of those people that don’t even like taking an Tylenol unless I’m like dying so if I could make it without an epidural that’d be nice but if I do need one I’m just scared of the possible side effects. I heard you recover faster after birth if you go with out one. &the thought of having back problems in the future.. Ughhh decisions decisions..

  • I had a very traumatic experience with my first where I had an epidural. It was miserable and terrifying. My natural labor was much more relaxed and peaceful. This time around I have no idea what I want. I dont want an epidural I dont think even though this is a better hospital I will be at but I keep trying to find other ways for pain management. Do you have any recommendations besides an epidural that wont have long effects on baby?

  • If I get a c section do they have to do a epidural? Is that the only anesthesia used for c section? I want to ovoid the epidural but I might get c section so I still don’t want the epidural

  • My first labor and delivery was a beautiful experience, induced and epidural. I just didn’t like being “paralyzed” and also feel like my recovery could’ve been better, I tore which explains that. So this time around (2nd baby) I don’t want to be induced and I don’t want an epidural unless I know I need it for my mental sake. I’m afraid of tearing again or developing more lovely hemorrhoids with an epidural but I know those two things can happen with or without an epidural. Thanks for this video I’m 40wks and 1 day.

  • I have had three children and now pregnant with my fourth �� �� with all my births it went so fast that they wouldn’t give me an epidural for the pain because my baby was coming out very quickly. I want an epidural with my fourth child but see what happens ��

  • Effindural… ��
    Me thinks that’s how ladies who didn’t want it up front, but changed their mind when the pain got too intense said it, “�� Get me the effindural!”

  • I have no desire to “experience the pain” AT ALL I’m due in October this is my first pregnancy �� and I’m planning on an epidural birth

  • I once heard a male coworker tell a pregnant coworker, “don’t try to be a hero”, when she expressed the desire to try an unmedicated birth. It took everything out of me to not punch him in his stupid ignorant face. ��

  • I’m due in 5 days with my first. I have this mindset of wanting to go all natural. I really want to experience labor, including the pain. I just hope I’m strong enough mentally.

  • I’m due in February 10,2020 with my 3rd baby, I had two epidurals because 1. I was scared 2nd birth it was the norm, this time I wanna do it naturally. I endured my back in the military so every time after the epidurals my back hurts way more…. so we’ll see

  • WOW! This has been literally the most informative most important video I’ve watched so far and I’m 5-6mths pregnant! THANK YOU SOO MUCH! Ugh wish you were my nurse!

  • I am opting to not have an epidural (pain scares me a lot less than needles and I wanna know what my body is doing) and people keep telling me “oh, you’ll change your mind” and completely dismissing it.

  • hi sarah, my question is is it okay to have epidural knowing that i have scoliosis? my pain tolerance level is 1/10 so im thinking about getting the epidural to get through labor soon. Thank you!

  • I have it in my birth plan that my fiancee makes my epidural decision for me because i will say no even if i do need it because i am terrified of the needle and the catheter in my back.

  • Listening to you made me feel relax and calm…and yes i wont hesitate to take an epidural…when i am giving birth…thanks a lot for this video

  • I decided to get an epidural in my first pregnancy but I had a lot of issues. First there was an issue getting it in and they had to try to put in 3X unfortunately afterwards it didn’t work. They ended up putting it in a false space. I decided to try one more time and it worked when it was redone and I had relief during delivery. I will say it was nice to feel the tearing and having to get stitches but I also had to experience the pain of getting a catheter in and removed definitely not pleasant. I decided this pregnancy to not get an epidural because I felt the experience I had was just less than pleasant for me.

  • I didn’t get no meds and I went in at 4am had my daughter at 8am. I had a Epidural with my 1st due to being scared but uuuff honestly the needle hurt me more when inserting in my back so I went wit no meds with my other 2 & planning to go with no meds with my current pregnancy. It was painful & draining but a very beautiful experience to be able too see what my body can do. ��

  • With my first baby, I got to the hospital at 7cm dilated and 100% effaced and I asked for an epidural and the nurse told me I was too far along to get one. Thank god it was pretty fast, but it definitely wasn’t my ideal birth:( didn’t stop me from having more kids though, I’m almost 30 weeks with baby #3 and I am absolutely terrified to go through L&D again!!

  • My birth plan with my first was to have a water birth. I was in labor for 26 hours. I was completely exhausted and opted to get an epidural at about 8cm
    dilated. For me, it was more so the exhaustion than than the contractions. But my birth experience was wonderful and would not take it back. He came right out. I’m
    Now pregnant with my second and I’m gonna try to go natural. Hopefully the labor is shorter ��

  • Unfortunately, my sister had to have an epidural because of a C-section. And whoever administered it did a crappy job, because she felt EVERYTHING. She felt her baby pulled out and the nurse was asking her on the range of 1 to 10 how bad the pain was, and she said it was 11. She said it felt like they were tearing her insides out. So I’m kinda iffy because it depends the person being able to do it correctly…

  • For me when I was having my first child I tried to go without pain medication but I got so uncomfortable with pain that I was puking and crying from the pain, so I got the epidural and was so happy that I did because the rest of my labor went smoothly was much more special and stress free.

  • This has probably been the MOST helpful video about making this decision. I really appreciate the differentiation between pain and suffering. I have wanted to have a natural birth without epidural, but am also not against an epidural & wanted some ways of helping me make that decision even I the room in that moment. And THIS was exactly that. So thank you.

  • I got an epidural when pregnant with my daughter. I was 7cm when I got it, the pain wasn’t horrible but I was told if I was going to get it, get it before it got worse. So I did. And I regret it. It completely stalled my labor. Stopped it in its tracks. I was then given pitocin which I was very against. I had to be induced. It was horrible. Took hours longer than it should have. I’m now 37 weeks with a boy and I don’t want an epidural again. I’m afraid to get it.

  • I had my first almost 3 years ago with an epidural, I’ve never regretted anything more in my labor. I feel like it took my “labor” away from me but I was a FTM and scared. I’m delivering 2 weeks from today and am going all natural!

  • I’ve had epidural twice but got it late the first time so I felt everything. With my second it was pretty awesome Buuuut I got every single side effect it was scary..

  • Super excited to find your videos, even though I’m on my 3rd baby.
    I had a very gentle induction with my oldest and I had a full induction with my second baby. I had an epidural on both occasions, but this time I am hoping i can deliver with no epidural with this baby. I think since I know what to expect this time I can do it!! I’m just hoping after 2 inductions my body will go into labor before my baby hits Godzilla status

  • It is not true. It does not take 20 minutes to take it in. It took 2 minutes for me. And it took the pain away immediately I did not have to wait 20 minutes. And I did not feel any pain after that ever. I could not even feel when they put it inside.

  • My epidural wore off and I felt like someone was stabbing my stomach a million times. It was the worse pain and it felt this way for the whole 3 hours that I was pushing. It was so hard but thanking the lord I got through it. Epidural or not yes us women we can do it! I’m 32 weeks prego now and I pray this little baby comes sooner than his big brother and that I don’t have to get another epidural.

  • I had two epidural experiences in my life one hurted so much I cried like crazy my husband understood how much pain I was in because I can handle pain I never cry. I only got the epidural because it was suggested over and over even though I said no and I was induced I never cried with the contractions either. But that experience made me want to go the natural route and no epidural. Baby due in September

  • I’m due in Feb with my first and at this moment in time, I’m saying no to an epidural. BUT I’m also open to changing my mind when the time comes depending how I feel. NO ONE should tell you that you can or can’t do something. It is YOUR body. They don’t feel your pain.
    If I was that patient, I would’ve kicked my whole family out personally. You’re there for support not to make me suffer.

  • Im pregnant the same time as my cowrokers girlfriend, he doesnt even let her take tylenol. When i was talking to one of my femal coworkers about probably taking the epidural he looked at me and said “im not letting my girlfriend use that sh**”……. ITS NOT YOUR BODY, YOU DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY “you arent allowed to use it” to your partner going through this pain

  • It’s so annoying the way everyone acts like they can make choices for you once you’re pregnant. Epidurals are available to women who want them, end of story. It’s the woman’s own choice, nobody else has the right to butt in because it’s not them giving birth!

  • I had a terrible experience with the epidural for my third baby. I’m now 29 weeks with baby number 4 and I’m so scared of getting hurt by the epidural again, but I can’t handle the labor pain. ��

  • loving your videos. I’m a mom of 2 and pregnant now as a gestational surrogate. its been a few years since my last birth (10years) so im trying to freshen up on everything lol…

  • For reference I really didn’t want a epidural, and then last minute I decided to after I tried the IV medicine. For someone who really didn’t want the epidural to getting it. I didn’t feel bad I was actually relieved, and surprisingly still felt the urge to push.

  • Omg this helped me really embrace wanting an epidural so I can really enjoy everything then rather looking forward for it to be over. I’m 17 and I’m very scared of the whole birth experience. Can u do a video regarding teen pregnancy

  • I’m from the US and I have 4 kids. 3 girls and 1 boy. My first 3 girls I got an epidural, the last, my baby boy I didn’t get an epidural. The experience was really different with him. I never felt any pain at all with my first 3. And my boy I dialated 10cm with no pain at all. I felt nothing until he was there and ready to come out. But the pain was real. It hurt so bad
    But I loved giving birth. The connection is so real and so strong. And you, I felt so strong after giving birth. I learned to love myself and cherish my woman parts. I would recommend to not get the epidural. Experience the lovepain. Your giving birth to your own flesh. God created us to be amazing to create life and give birth.

  • I have helped 9 women birth this month. 4 have gone all natural in under 9 hours. 1 chose stadol and went in 11 hours naturally. 4 had epidurals and all 4 led to a c section. BOOOOO

  • I got induced and got an epi, had a 7 hour labor total and it was fantastic. Got to relax and talk to family and rest before pushing. 10/10 will be doing again.

  • In 2013 we went to the hospital with my sister who was having contractions (5 am), her water broke around 9 am but she was not dilate enough yet, so they kept her in the hospital. Even though my sister wasn’t going crazy with pain yet the head nurse convinced her to get the epidural “why go through pain if you don’t have to”
    The nurse told her. An hour after the epidural my sister started throwing up and caught a fever. The baby heart rate drop dramatically and one of the doctors told my sister to get off the epidural. My sister refused. 10 pm we are still at the hospital my sister is pushing and the doctor said “no you are not.”
    The epidural pretty much numb my sister. My sister asked that they turn off the epidural thing, and about 10 mins later (10:29 pm) came out the baby. Because of the fever my sister caught and the baby heart rate dropping, my sister was sent home but the baby had to stay in the hospital for a week. One of the doctor told my sister all of it could have been done by 2 pm if she Hasn’t gotten that. But she wasn’t her main doctor, she couldn’t do anything. A few days later we read a few articles about how epidural was mostly a money maker for doctors and how many were just pushing for it even if it was not necessary in some cases.

  • This video was SO helpful. I almost started crying when you were talking about suffering vs pain and your mental health. I relate to that so much. Thank you for making me feel so much better about my experience with having my daughter (almost a year ago). ❤️ binging your videos!

  • I had a horrible experience with epiderals when I used them with my first 2 kids.
    Baby no. 1 so it was my first born I was at 3cm an decided to get an epidural cuz I knew it was going to be long labor(24hrs) I got sciatica from that epidural
    Baby no2. The dr who did it pushed it to far so I ended up with a spinal tap type of epidural which caused me to have massive, torrid, unbearable headaches where i couldn’t have my head above my chest in any way or I was in the worst pain ever and that lasted 8 weeks even after the blood tap thing. So with baby no3 I said hell no to an epidural and I will do labor n delivery without an epidural with my this baby due any day I’m terrified of getting another one.

  • I’m terrified of numbness, I hate the lack of sensation and I always prefer pain over the lack of sensation. I refuse numbing medication at the dentist because numbness to me feels that horrible, I’d so much rather feel the intense pain of the drill drilling into my tooth than not being able to feel anything at all. If i ever had a baby I know an epidural is something I want to avoid at all costs unless a C section is medically necessary in which case I don’t think they’d do a C-section without an epidural.

  • In a cutest way u explained it all… loved it…as I’m stuck to choose it right now…to go for painless delivery or natural one….

  • Yes! I’ve been induced three times. Twice, I got an epidural and with the last I didn’t. Now, I would never recommend an epidural because my personal experience is that they do not work! I just ended up scared, in pain and with no options because I was already stuck in bed. So, with my last, I went into it knowing that I wasn’t going to get one because it’s pointless for me. It was the absolute best birthing experience I’ve had and I can’t wait to do it again in December.

    That said, while I don’t recommend them, I still tell my newly expectant friends having it fail is not what happens to everyone. So, if you go in wanting one or decide in the moment that you do, go for it! I hope it works and you can tell me your beautiful story later. The goal is to have a healthy baby.

  • As a first time mom to be I have a question, for how long does an epidural last?
    My sister said that her epidural lasted like 2 hrs and that she was open at 9 and felt all the pain of getting the baby out. She had the baby in mexico though. I’m having my baby in the US so I’m hoping is not the same system. I can handle pain, but I’m not looking forward to hate having babies or being traumatized. I’m 36 weeks in, baby moves constantly and my pelvis hurts (burning sensation) a lot, I feel that contractions feel like that plus the pressure but like 10 times stronger?
    Help this is my first time! ��

  • Listen: “A difference between pain & suffering.” Labor pain is normal, but after 30hrs…you’ll be suffering ����

    (Source:) No meds in 1st labour, actually enjoyed it & managed well..until hour 36, fatigue + fetal distress + infection = suffering then C-section) ❤�� good birth overall

  • Pain has been a part of childbirth ever since Eve gave birth to Cain (Genesis 4:1). Most scholars agree that labor pain is part of the curse God placed upon Eve because of her sin in eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:16), just as weeds and thistles were part of Adam’s curse (Genesis 3:17–18). Some people argue that, since childbirth pain is the consequence for sin, a mother in labor should not try to dull or escape that pain. Others disagree, noting that the Hebrew word translated “pain” can also mean “toil” or “labor” and does not necessarily imply physical suffering, but rather hard work in giving birth. But if it is true that physical suffering and/or hard labor in childbirth is God’s judgment on a woman, is it wrong to have an epidural and/or other pain-relieving drugs during childbirth? Is requesting an epidural an attempt to nullify God’s righteous judgment?

    To carry that argument to its logical conclusion, we would also need to ban weed-killers, lawn mowers, and most modern farming techniques, since God cursed the ground for Adam and declared that man would have to produce his food by the sweat of his brow. To remain consistent, if epidurals are wrong, all timeor work-saving devices for men must be equally wrong. Furthermore, since ALL physical pain is due to sin’s influence on this planet, even the use of aspirin would be an offense to God’s justice, according to this way of thinking. There is nothing immoral about a woman receiving pain relievers during childbirth.

    Most mothers want the best for their babies, and some mothers feel that all-natural childbirth is the superior way to provide that best. The upsurge in the use of midwives and birthing coaches illustrates this increasing popularity of natural or even home births. Mothers who want to go that route should have full freedom to do so. But that means no epidurals or spinal blocks will be available to her, unless she is rushed to the hospital for emergency intervention.

    Other moms-to-be see no sense in unnecessary suffering and eagerly sign up for all the pain-relieving drugs their doctors can offer. Since epidurals and spinals carry no risks for their babies, these mothers also believe they are providing the best for their children while ensuring a relatively pain-free experience for themselves. Even when narcotics are given to a mother in labor, the minimal effect on the child wears off within a few hours. The baby may be a bit sleepier initially, but, after a few hours, babies of medicated mothers respond as normally as those born without drug intervention. Mothers who have opted for pain relievers may be more relaxed and ready to interact with their newborns, instead of being preoccupied with pain.

    Before the days of effective pain-relieving drugs, women in childbirth and people undergoing painful medical procedures were often given a wooden stick or a piece of leather to bite down on. The phrase bite the bullet comes from this practice. Caregivers would give those in pain something tough but malleable enough to protect the teeth, while keeping the patients from biting their own tongues in the agony of the moment. As medical knowledge increased, so have the plethora of pain-killing drugs on the market, many of them designed for women in labor. Epidurals, spinal blocks, and local anesthetics are now used to alleviate or reduce the hours of intense pain many women feel during childbirth. But some argue that giving birth is the most natural and beautiful experience in the world and to numb that experience is to rob mother and infant of all God intended them to share together. They also suggest that drugs of any kind may affect the baby’s health. Even those drugs considered safe may create issues not yet discovered.

    There are different types of pain relievers offered during labor. An epidural or a spinal block is an injection of medication into the lower back or near the spinal cord of the mother in labor. Epidurals are often given before C-sections or when labor has progressed to a certain point. The numbing effect takes place within moments, a critical factor in the case of emergency Cesareans when the baby or mother is at risk. According to the Mayo Clinic website, epidurals and spinal blocks have little or no effect on the baby. Localized injections of anesthetic near the birth canal do not relieve the pain of contractions but can temporarily numb specific areas of the mother’s body in the case of sutures or tearing. Local anesthetics also have no effect on the baby. Narcotics, however, dull the pain of contractions but can cause sleepiness, nausea, or a change in the mother’s heart rate, which can affect the baby. Narcotics can also cause contractions to lessen or stop, so medical professionals monitor their use carefully in laboring mothers.

    The danger in issues such as this one is spiritualizing something that is not spiritual. Some people create moral and spiritual laws out of that which is neither moral nor spiritual. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for doing this (Mark 7:8). We see it within the Christian community about choices such as attending movies, wearing jewelry, homeschooling, or eating out on Sunday. When we become convinced that a certain practice is right or wrong for us, we often build soapboxes from which we preach our convictions to the world. However, if there is no biblical principle behind such convictions, we must be ready to admit that they are our own and not God’s. Romans 14 covers this issue well, with Paul concluding, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand” (verse 4).

    The Bible takes no stance against medicine or doctors, as some would have us think. Luke, the author of Luke and Acts, was called the “beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14) by the apostle Paul. Luke traveled with Paul on several of his missionary journeys, and some scholars believe that he was Paul’s personal physician. Paul also encouraged his young protégé, Timothy, to “use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1 Timothy 5:23). So there is nothing spiritual about refusing medical treatment or pain relievers when needed. Women who live in areas of the world where epidurals or spinal blocks are available should utilize them if they desire, and women who want all-natural births should also feel free to decline medication. Neither choice is in any way nullifying God’s plan or defying His righteous decrees. Jesus healed every kind of physical pain and illness during His time on earth, demonstrating that there is no spiritual value in suffering unnecessarily (Matthew 4:24).

    Romans 14:22 can be our guide in all matters that are not clearly addressed in the Bible by verse or by principle: “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.” In other words, form convictions as the Holy Spirit leads and follow those convictions as an act of surrender to Jesus. But don’t judge others who may not have that conviction, and do not allow them to deter you from yours. We all answer to God for how well we obeyed His direction, and keeping a clear conscience in everything should be a primary goal of every Christian (Romans 14:12).
    Gian Giorgio Trissino
    Both I and J were used interchangeably by scribes to express the sound of both the vowel and the consonant. It wasn’t until 1524 when Gian Giorgio Trissino, an Italian Renaissance grammarian known as the father of the letter J, made a clear distinction between the two sounds.