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Decreased Stress in Labor. Studies have shown that taking childbirth classes can reduce the amount of stress in labor, which is the goal of. Easing pain from contractions usually tops the list when it comes to reasons for choosing an epidural. Women understand that labor is going to hurt, but many choose to minimize the pain of labor and an epidural is good option for that. I’m Afraid of Labor Not knowing what labor will bring is often frightening.

Goer says. Epidurals do have risks, she clarifies, and, of course, women do need to manage quite a bit of pain before they’re given drugs. Rising cesarean rates. This helped empty childbirth.

An epidural is a type of anesthesia used to provide pain relief during labor and delivery. The anesthesia is injected near the bottom of the spine and works by blocking nerve impulses in the lower back, resulting in decreased feeling in the bottom half of the body. Here are the reasons I think women who are planning on getting an epidural should take a childbirth class: Take pain management into your own hands. Most women will have to experience some labor before getting an epidural.

An epidural can help you stay alert so that you can take an active part in the birthing experience. It can also spare you discomfort if forceps or a vacuum are needed to help get your baby out. If. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia.

As you prepare yourself for “labor day,” try to learn as much as possible about pain relief options so that you will be better prepared to make decisions during the labor and birth process. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help. An epidural is considered the most effective and easily adjustable type of pain relief for childbirth. Epidurals are very common.

But there are some risks and possible side effects you should know about. Labor pain is unpredictable. An epidural decreases pain in a specific area — in this case, the lower part of the body. Women often choose to have one.

It’s also sometimes a medical necessity if there are complications, such as. An epidural provides anesthesia that creates a band of numbness from your bellybutton to your upper legs. It allows you to be awake and alert throughout labor, as well as to feel pressure.

The ability to feel second-stage labor pressure enables you.

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I did require an epidural during my first birth, and because of the class I felt like somewhat of a failure.”

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A good childbirth education class gives you confidence in yourself and your body by explaining the psychological and physiological aspects of labor.

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You will also need to explain other possible consequences of epidural placement:

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It is for this reason, supported by logic rather than evidence, that we discourage the use of epidural anaesthesia because, at least in cephalic babies, this increases the need for traction in the form of instrumental birth.

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If the woman chooses either epidural or spinal anaesthesia for labour and birth, the woman and midwife need to be aware of the possibility of the symptoms of pelvic girdle pain being masked and excessive mobilization of the joint, causing increased pain during the postpartum period.

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be required, particularly in the case of epidural analgesia).

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In a prepared childbirth class, you will learn about the physiology of your labor and delivery; this will give you incredible knowledge and strength.

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to have an epidural or other pain medication.

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FIGURE 12-17 Reasons for failure of the combined spinalepidural technique.

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Effects of natural childbirth preparation versus standard antenatal education on epidural rates, experience of childbirth and parental stress in mothers and fathers: a randomised controlled multicentre trial.

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  • I have degenerative disc disease in my back and the doctor already recommended an epidural at my first prenatal appointment. I feel like I’m at risk of hurting my back severely if I get the epidural. If I can’t feel what position is harming my spine, I can’t do anything to help myself. I dread that hospitals force women to do the whole thing lying on their back. I’m the one doing it and would much rather do it on my knees, leaning on my husband. I know it would be best in my circumstance.

  • You should’ve named the video.. The Pro’s of an Epidural 😉 Not really objective at all and you missed some facts.. for example that an epidural significantly heightens the risk of birth injury. During the immobility you’re also basically forced to stay in one position.. laying on your back, which is the worst position one can think of, to deliver your baby, besides standing on your head. Most women are already afraid of delivering their first child, this video isn’t empowering at all. Too bad. But thumbs down from me.

  • I appreciate this video but the music is too loud for me and so it’s hard to listen to you guys talking:-) In future, please could the music be quite a bit softer than the volume of your voices? Many thanks! X

  • Had my third baby 2 weeks ago. It was a very quick labor. Went in to the hospital 4 cm. Finally get into the labor room 6cm. Im in sooo much pain. Nurse recommends I get an epidural if i wanted one cause she had a feeling my labor was gonna be quick. 15 mins after I had my epidural. I was 10 cm. Pushed for 20 mins and out she came no tearing. The epi only took the edge off of my contractions. I still felt the ring of fire and boy that hurt. But all in all I was happy with my birth experience.

  • With all three of my pregnancies, I have been in bedrest for a LONG time because of preterm labor. When it is finally delivering time, I get that epidural. My first two babies I tried so hard to go without an epidural but my mind was so focused on “contractions are bad” that I wouldn’t progress. I got an epidural and BOOM! Baby 1/2 hour later. No joke! I have been in labor for months and it is glorious to finally not feel contractions and sleep!! I’m pregnant with my fourth. I’ve been on bedrest again for 6 months. And you betcha, I’ll be signing up for the epidural the moment I get to the hospital! One month to go!

    My sister had 5 babies without pain medication and she LOVED it!

    So everyone just needs to do what works best for them!

  • With my first I was induced at 40 weeks, (I also had gestational diabetes) and I labored with out the epidural for a bit, the contractions were ridiculous, and I had planned to get an epidural and I was finally ready. After that I was able to enjoy my delivery, I progressed pretty fast still, and it really didn’t hurt bad at all. I only pushed for 15 minutes as well or so. It was a very relaxed delivery.

  • I had an epidural with my 8yr old, at the time i was 16 and it was somewhat easy, i also have a 2 year old and i did it all natural and it was horrible, went through so much pain i was asking begging for epidural but it was too late.
    I am 8 months pregnant with my 3rd baby and i am getting the epidural for sure again.

  • I had an induction and had an epidural. I don’t think they didvtge epidural right cause I was still hurting and I could move and hold my own legs. The nurse was moving me from bed to bed but I honestly just stood up and got in bed and put my legs up. I knew when baby was coming. Felt like my butt was gonna blow up�� tmi

  • Completely spot on. I had to have a natural labor and I FELT EVERYTHING. Omg lol �� now I’m pregnant the 2nd time around and I’m low key considering an epidural. But if I have a fast and intense labor again then I will just not get it. Either way, you’re bringing a baby into this world regardless and it’s a big and special moment! Congratulations mommies ������

  • Second baby, about 10 weeks so far. Had my daughter and got stuck at 3cm for HOURS they gave me patocin (sorry if spelt wrong) this time I’m curious about going natural. On the fence as you guys said. I loved not feeling everything but not sure if I want to do that this time around. So nervous and I have already had one ����

  • I’m a first time mom to be and I’m trying to make the decision of if I want one or not. This didnt help. Both your stories are super good ways and now I’m more confused

  • I think some women just want to feel everything and be present for all the feelings that arise. Some prefer not to feel pain. That’s completely normal! I personally am afraid of an epidural but who’s to say what I’ll be feeling once I go into labor! Great video. Thank you.

  • Just had my baby 2 weeks ago, and I was in so much pain but it went so fast that I didn’t even have enough time to get it. But if the labor would be long and I was in so much pain I would of get the epidural. My water broke at 10am and I had my baby by noon. It went so fast that I didn’t even realize that I’m having the baby.

  • Your epidural experience sounds great! I would love that but my cousin got paralyzed from her epidural and had to do years of physiotherapy. So I’m just extremely torn and confused, I would love your epidural experience but I’m scared of complications

  • I had both..epidural with my first and all natural with my second! With me I had an epidural last minute..had side effects afterwards..such as I couldn’t move for a period of time but went away after a few months..Second had natural birth..went in when I was dilated to a 8cm and they didn’t even have time to put an IV..it was soo horrible..I was screaming like someone was killing me and also traumatized my husband! I now Have a boy and a girl..so that’s it for me!!

  • I had my baby Monday and got the epidural. I’m still so sore with extreme back pain. The shot itself wasn’t bad. Not sure if it was the amount of time pushing (2.5 hours) or this is what women feel in the aftermath, but my beautiful baby girls here and it really is worth it. The pain doesn’t last forever <3

  • Hi! Thanks for this video �� I’m due this week with our first baby and I really tried to avoid watching any videos related to giving birth as I’m really nervous but as my due date gets closer i feel so anxious that I feel like I need to know more of what will happen �� and this video is informative but at the same time not that scary to imagine stuff that might happen ��

  • Thanks to my epidural, I was actually able to ENJOY my birth & have conversations. Wonderful drug. Can’t understand why anyone would turn it down.

  • I had epidural with first pregnancy, and it fail I felt everything, it was as if the epidural did nothing, I had an epidural the second time with my second pregnancy, it was good it actually help me with the pain. I did end up having side effects after getting the epidural, my nurse really was good, she did end up pressing code blue because my heart rate and everything was going down. But it did really help me after the side effects was gone. Now pregnant for the third time I don’t know if weather I want epidural again or natural, cause I felt everything with my first and I didn’t like that feeling, so yeah.

  • I had a c section and epideral. They took my catheter out too early and I ended up peeing on myself. So humiliating. The epidural I got an allergic reaction to the latex or iodine. But didnt feel the shot because i was focused on the contractions

  • Here in jamaica epidural is not an option everyone here gives birth naturally i have two kids and pregnant with my third all natural births first labor was 92 hrs second labor was 19 hrs

  • I had my baby at 18 had a natural labor and it lasted four hours from the time my water broke till baby was out and I wouldn’t change it for the world best experience ever

  • I had a 40+ hour labor i got an interathical (like an epidural but only lasts 2ish hours) when I was 9 1/2cm only because the head was pushed in the wrong direction and I needed to be able to completely relax so it would shift… I loved my “mostly natural birth” and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I can’t wait to try again with my second ��

  • Good thing is it doesn’t always slow labor. If you’re holding yourself back it’ll speed it up. Every time I get an epidural, I go from a 5 to a 10 in 15-30 minutes and am ready to push. I guess it just depends.

  • I had an epidural with my first baby and I had an awesome experience. I pushed him out in 2 pushed & was up and walking around 10 minutes after giving birth. My recovery was speedy.
    I’m getting induced today and I plan to go natural… wish me luck!

  • No intensity, no pain you are calm and relax thank God for the epidural. My first baby withouit was so painful cant focus forgot to breath after delivery I was so tired almost pass out, second and third baby with epidural so happy now fourth one defetnely epidural for this one alsoo.

  • I understand that everyone’s experiences are different but I respectfully disagree with the natural lady on the right regarding the cons. My first and only delivery was planned to be natural and was completely natural. I too was/am afraid of the epidural because I had heard SO many horror stories about the epidural working too much and can’t move, too little and half numb or you push so hard that you rip due to not being able to have the crowning or contractions. Btw this also encourages me to consider doing my own video to share my experience. My water broke at 6am and my son was born at 9am. With that being said and knowing that the first delivery is the most “difficult” delivery further encourages me to never get the epidural bc I believe it complicates things more than simplifies things. I appreciate the fact that you two ladies did a side by side comparison of your experiences. I’m happy to know neither of you had complications but I am a strong believer in our natural ability to give birth (as long as it’s a safe situation supported by your doctor of course). Go with your gut and let no one shame you for YOUR choice.

  • I just had my first baby 3 weeks ago. I had a horrible pregnancy I was beyond sick and had some complications and towards the end I developed gestatial hypertension and had to be induced because I was overdue and wasn’t having any contractions at all. I was in labor for 24hrs 16 of those hours were spent unmedicated and then I finally got the epidural because my labor wasn’t progressing however my contractions were too close together, I finally started dilating more. When I got to 10 cm I was really aware of it I screamed for the nurses and pushed for exactly an hour.

  • Numbness terrifies me so much that I think for me the right option is to not get an epidural no matter how intense the pain gets because the second that pain goes away I’ll be under a ton more stress by the fact that I can’t feel or move below my hips and I think it’s you middle abdomen and below.

  • I had an epidural with my first and as I’m due any day now I definitely want one with my second. I was losing my mind panicking through the pain before the epidural. Totally chill after it. I had no back pain, no chills, no side effects from the epidural. My whole labor only lasted 9 hours. I had a teeny tiny tear from pushing. I only had to push for 5 minutes or so. They offered me oxycodone afterwards and I was really confused and talked them down to ibuprofen because I just….wasn’t in pain.

  • Epidurals are dangerous!!! It gave me ARACHNOIDITIS! Look up the dangers of epidurals/ dr.oz show. He did an episode about the dangers!

  • So many recommendations…all I can say is you have to know yourself. You gotta be able to know you mental state, if you’re able to endure such pain. And if you’re choosing to endure it, to be prepared mentally also. Therefore… IDK what the heck I’m gonna do… I’d like to have the control over my delivery, not having the baby stuck in there so long. But also, scared as hell of the pain since I know how sensitive I’ve become to physical pain.. Dang it

  • I have had an epidural, vaginal birth, a c-section, a vbac, an induced labor, and my last birth was an induced vbac with no pain meds. The thing we noticed IMMEDIATELY was the difference in the baby. My natural birthed baby was wide awake and looking around from the moment she was born. It was unlike any of our previous medicated births. Also, my recovery was SO much faster and easier. I am now expecting, and hoping for a drug free birth for those reasons. But I also completely identify with Jess’s (? I hope I got your name right) thinking that now you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, which is a bit frightening. Do I really want to go through that again? We shall see!

  • Experienced both.I have several children with the last birth I had an epi but felt pressure.That did not go away.Its hard to roll your back like a cat in the middle of contractions for them to put it in.I felt tingles in my back during.The shot feels like a pinch and pressure but felt the same everytime I got it.Legs are numb so I had to have help.Natural was not my choice but I didn’t realize what was happening when I got to the hospital I was complete but bag of waters still in tact. My water has never broken on its own.i could feel how to push which was a plus.On my last baby now and plan to go natural.

  • im 21 weeks pregnant and these videos are very helpful. I am planning a natural birth. i am super excited and nervous about it.

    Thanks for the tips. ❤️

  • It’s not epidural or medicated and natural. It’s medicated and unmedicated. Pushing a baby out is natural medicated or not.
    My first labor was half medicated. Felt every RIP and tear when she was born. I was in labor for 9 hours with her. I was induced with her. My youngest, my water broke at 9 30 in the morning. I was in labor for 8 hours with her. I was fully medicated with her. I couldn’t tell if I was pushing or not. Her heart rate was dropping, so the dr used forceps to get out. The epidural sped up my labor. With my oldest, I went from a 6 to a 10 in an hour after 2 epidurals and lidocaine. I slept for the hour. My youngest, I feel like it went fast with her too. The only downfall with epidural, is it can weaken or kegels. But the nice part is you can adjust your epidural. I wanted an unmedicated labor and delivery. But I was high risk.

  • The limited mobility, being trapped in bed, is what decided it for me. I know if I’m in pain, I’m gonna feel restless and want to be able to move around on my own.

  • I hate needles but the pain was so bad I was puking up stomach bile/dry heaves. I got an epidural and it was sooo worth it. I ended up needing a c section and that was great too. My labor experience lasted 30 hours, it was excruciating and baby never dropped even though I had been fully dilated all night. They gave me too much epidural and I felt nothing. So they took me off of it and the pain came back with a vengeance, like I got hit by a train. Contractions were strong, baby just didn’t want to (or couldn’t) drop. Then I had the c section. I don’t want to suffer needlessly like that ever again. I am 34 weeks with my 2nd daughter and I have no interest in natural birth whatsoever. I’m skipping the agony and getting a repeat c section at week 39 and I am really hoping she doesn’t come on her own before that. After my first c section I was discharged and walked out of the hospital 2 days after surgery. All I was taking was 800mg of Ibuprofen and I felt great. No side effects or complications from the epidural or from the surgery, ever.

  • So I’m 5 months pregnant and have seen a lot of info online that says get the epidural can make labor take twice as long! I going to try natural because the epidural is really not goof for your hormones or the baby. I will let you know how it goes!

  • Thank you guys for being so helpful. I’m not pregnant or planning to have a baby for probably about 2 years but, I wanted to do my research early so, I know when the time comes I know what I want to do!

  • Thanks for sharing.. i am looking for more side effect of epidural. I had my first natural then now i dunno if i would try epidural.

  • I think it’s amazing that now we have options for pain relief while in labor. I’ve seen patients with both natural and with epidural labors. While the patients are waiting to get epidurals, the patients are usually restless and unable to rest. Once they get epidurals, they’re TOTALLY different people. They smile, laugh, and nap! I definitely don’t think epidurals slow things down, they allow your body to relax during contractions to allow the baby to come down on the cervix to dilate. I will be getting an epidural, but I understand people going natural and it’s all great as long as you prepare and have a healthy baby.

  • I had my son without an epidural but it wasn’t originally planned that way. They gave me pitocin to “push things along” because my water had already broken when I got to the hospital. Once the pitocin started I went from 2 to 8cm in two hours and ended up not having time for an epidural. I think it worked out for the better because while painful, it was fast and I only had to push for 15 minutes.

  • My first baby with epidural. I arrived with 5-6cm dilated. I was admitted and elected epidural.
    I would do it again. I was able to rest, talk, and my labor did not slow down. I dilated along nicely until birth. When the pushing came I was able to have energy saved.
    I did have a foley but I was able to walk, urinate and my sensation returned fairly quick.
    Epidurals are performed with a medication that is weight based as well as affected by gravity (laying on one side for too long will shift medication in your spinal canal to that area). I also had IV fluids and that may have assisted to flush out the medicine.

  • I labored for a few hours naturally with my first but ended up getting an epidural because of the intensity of the pain, got one with my second and it was pretty much as described in this videovery relaxed and enjoyable, and then with my third went into it thinking I’d get one again but even though I had mild contractions all day, at 5pm all of the sudden everything moved so fast that I did technically get one but at the exact moment the anesthesiologist was pushing the medicine in, my water broke and I was ready to push and the epidural never kicked in so I felt every bit. I would never do that again as it was just so intense, but you are right that when the baby is coming out it is very motivating and climactic which is a feeling that I won’t forget! I think it just depends on ones pain tolerance, but either is ok, whatever is best for mom and baby.

    I will say that my third was actually my easiest recovery of all three.

  • qtna from anybody: do you feel pain as you push? because i wanna give birth naturally cause i hate needles but at the same time i want the shot because i hate pain �� i can probably deal with the contractions but not the pain of pushing

  • I gave birth both ways, I liked being able to walk around and move with natural birth and didn’t like the super numb feeling of the epidural but resting through labor with the epidural was so needed with my second birth, now pregnant with my third I’m keeping my mind open… I just didn’t like how my legs felt gone it freaked me out so maybe if I do get one again I will ask for a much smaller dose

  • Each woman, each body, each experience is different. One size does not fit all! You’re no stronger for doing it naturally, no weaker for opting for epidural. Each to their own!

  • Why is everyone talking only about the mother’s pain?
    Doesn’t baby feel pain when uterine muscles contract and hit the baby?
    When you get an epidural your contractions usually slow down/stop hence they give you pitocin which makes contractions much stronger
    I feel really terrible for those poor kids being hit by the uterus and the kids don’t get any painkillers

  • Thank you for the input! I have less than a month before mine is here and I’ve been thinking about both options but wasn’t sure this definitely will help me make my decision

  • I had natural birth and I think it was better for me. It’s been almost two years and I’m not as freaked out anymore and would definitely have natural birth again.

  • Most people who are induced end up with an epidural as it’s so painful compared to not having drugs pumped into your body. I’ve had both labours and the induction is by far the worse.

    There is no award for how the baby is born just do what is best for you

  • I’m hoping for a water birth when I’m older and I know u can’t get an epidural when u have water births. tbh I’m extremely scared of needles so I’ll do anything to avoid it but ofc if I need it, I’ll get it.

  • Another pro of the epidural: you’re less likely to have any vaginal tears during pushing, since you’ll be able to have slow, controlled pushing and be able to pause and relax between pushing, in order to allow the skin some time to stretch appropriately. Research has shown that often with natural births, the intense pressure and pain of pushing has women rushing to push the baby out (almost automatically/subconsciously), so they are less likely to be able to take pause and have slow, controlled pushes (natural labour is, as you described it, VERY intense). Just some food for thought for those considering the epidural! ������ xx

  • Everyone is different I was at 7 cm when I went to er they gave me epidural it stoped my contractions until I got to a 9 then wore off none of these were relevant to me. No side effects or after effects I know others the same I will be getting it with my second hopefully get the same fast recovery etc

  • I got the epidural and I couldn’t sleep at all! I didn’t sleep or eat for over 48 hours and still managed to push my baby out! It’s crazy how different everyone’s experiences are. I had intense back labor and uncontrollably shaking and I was in a lot of pain! The shaking was a symptom of the epidural..that they didn’t tell me about.

  • I’ve done bothand I would never again do a natural birthone time natural was plenty for me! Sooo painful while the epidural ones (3 births) were so peaceful and lovely!

  • So helpful.♥️
    Thank you so much.
    I’m 36 weeks and baby can come any time soon. I am very afraid but I trust the Lord that everything will be fine. We are in good hands.��������������

  • Oh man, I gave birth 4 months ago, naturally, and I thought I was going to die. You can not prepare yourself for that amount of pain. Luckily I was in active labour for 2 hours.