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Old Sep 23rd, 2013, 12:44 PM   1
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Question about natural delivery


I was induced with DD and ended up getting an epidural.I'd rather not have one this time around.My question is,does the pain from a natural birth stress baby out? It makes sense to me.I would think the mother being in pain would stress little one.I have no idea of thats possible but it's something I've been thinking about.



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2013, 16:53 PM   2
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I don't think so. I understand where you are coming from but I think it's fine. Here in UK the epidural rate is around 30% I think but the other 70% of babies are not affected by mums being in pain. X



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2013, 08:17 AM   3
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Nope, it's what's meant to happen. Obviously, we wouldn't have survived as a species if birth was dangerous without drugs. It doesn't make evolutionary sense (and anyway, most women still have a natural birth even today).

Induction and pain relief drugs can sometimes cause problems for babies (sharp increases or decreases in heart rate) and also for you (blood pressure issues) which can affect baby. So avoiding them and having natural birth is probably the safest thing you can do, assuming you and baby are otherwise healthy (meaning induction isn't necessary because of a pregnancy complication)

The baby doesn't feel the pain. It just helps them to move down easily in the birth canal. There's this myth out there that epidurals help women relax which is better for baby, but it's just that, a myth. All the clinical research we have points to it being the opposite in most cases. Babies born to mums who had natural births tend to be healthier and have less complications immediately after birth. Actually, an epidural means you're more likely to need an instrumental delivery (forceps or ventouse), which can be really stressful for babies (not to mention, sometimes causes birth injuries). So nope, if you want to have a natural birth (and it's great and totally doable!), your baby will be fine.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2013, 09:32 AM   4
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Thank you for the replies,hopefully I can do it this time.I asked everyone but my husband to stay home ao I can focus.I will look into hypnobirthing.I heard it works really well.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2013, 11:50 AM   5
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No, baby actually gets more affected by the pain relief we use rather than the actual pain we experience, if our primary concern was for the baby only with no regards to the mother at all it would be best for all babies to be born naturally with no pain relief in a straight forward labour (obviously it's not as black and white as that!!!)



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Old Sep 24th, 2013, 11:52 AM   6
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(But don't feel guilty for having pain relief, see how you go )



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Old Sep 24th, 2013, 16:02 PM   7
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I listened to the natal hypnotherapy cd. I am not sure if it worked as I didn't recall anything from the cd. I did take into account what was said in the accompanying book. How fear can bring on your adrenaline and slow things down and lead to assisted deliveries. Just go with it!!



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Old Sep 27th, 2013, 15:27 PM   8
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No baby isn't affected by your pain.

With an epidural your baby is still feeling contractions , and they often give you pitocin which makes contractions harder on baby , and drugs like morphine and other narcotics effect them more .

Natural labour is what your body and baby are ment to do



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2013, 12:18 PM   9
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It depends on the woman. Not all women labor the same and no one has the same pain management/threshold as another woman. So while labor may not have been excruciating for some and they progressed just fine, another woman may have a horrible time with it and labor comes to a halt and baby gets stressed out. There have been lots of women (read the birth announcements) that say they were finally able to progress and/or baby became less stressed after an epidural.

Don't be too hard on yourself if you need pain medication.



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2013, 12:29 PM   10
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It depends on the woman. Not all women labor the same and no one has the same pain management/threshold as another woman. So while labor may not have been excruciating for some and they progressed just fine, another woman may have a horrible time with it and labor comes to a halt and baby gets stressed out. There have been lots of women (read the birth announcements) that say they were finally able to progress and/or baby became less stressed after an epidural.

Don't be too hard on yourself if you need pain medication.
There will be even more cases of women needing their labours to be assisted with forceps or ventouse or even c sections because babies can become stressed during epidurals because the birthing process is slowed down. In the UK only 25% of women go on to have an unassisted labour after having an epidural, so while I totally agree with you no one should be hard on themselves if they need pain medication and if I needed one I would absolutely take an epi, there are risks with it and I don't think you'll find many medical professionals offering epidurals because a baby is stressed unless it is because intervention is going to be needed thus an epidural to aneathesise, epidurals are only for the mum, not the baby, babies are born more easily in straight forward labours naturally, if babies were affected by the mother's pain in labour there wouldn't natural labours at all anymore, or arguably even people on the planet, we are designed this way. (But as I say that doesn't mean the mum should be ignored and should absolutely have one if needed but I don't agree with the context of your post in that it is used to help baby, in the most respectful way )



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