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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 14:47 PM   11
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I was in the room with my sister when she had her baby. I didn't see her get her epidural, but I was there when she got her catheter. However, it wasn't a tube attached to a bag. They put in what looked like a little spout, like the tap for a wooden beer keg. The nurse emptied her bladder into a little bucket, and then they took the spout out and she had my nephew very quickly after that.

If you don't need a catheter when you have a natural birth, I'm definitely going unmedicated. I don't want any one poking me with anything or looking down there unless the absolutely must.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 15:03 PM   12
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I was in the room with my sister when she had her baby. I didn't see her get her epidural, but I was there when she got her catheter. However, it wasn't a tube attached to a bag. They put in what looked like a little spout, like the tap for a wooden beer keg. The nurse emptied her bladder into a little bucket, and then they took the spout out and she had my nephew very quickly after that.

If you don't need a catheter when you have a natural birth, I'm definitely going unmedicated. I don't want any one poking me with anything or looking down there unless the absolutely must.
That was the alternative kind they offered me if I wanted the balloon one out, the more often they go in and out the more infection risk. However, if I was back in that situation again I might just do it. The baby put pressure on that darn balloon and it bugged the crap out of me.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2017, 15:53 PM   13
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I had one for 2 weeks iirc... had no problems afterward, just left with chronic back pain from having 2 epi's.



 
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Old Feb 9th, 2017, 00:11 AM   14
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I did not have a urinary catheter when I had my epidural, although my epidural was very light and I was able to walk with minor assistance so I could take myself to the bathroom.



 
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Old Feb 9th, 2017, 23:02 PM   15
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I had an epidural and a balloon catheter. Obviously you don't even know it's there when the epi is working but afterwards I just wanted the bloody thing out. I had to keep it in overnight, no idea why, but it was like sweet relief when they took it out.

I was adamant that I wanted a natural, unmedicated labour with just the bare minimum interference from medical staff. I didn't even want them seeing me naked. Well...what I got was a 48hr natural labour with an epidural after 6cms because I wouldn't dilate quick enough and I hadn't slept for 30-something hours and was in immense pain that whole time. I hung my dignity up at the door and didn't care who was in the room listening to me scream, naked nonetheless. I probably resembled a bush pig on heat during my labour but I didn't care.

This time, I will go into it being a lot more open minded. If I need pain relief, I'll take the pain relief. If I cope fine, good for me!



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2017, 10:24 AM   16
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Wish, that is the way I am going into it too. I will try to stay home as long as possible first though.



 
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Wish, that is the way I am going into it too. I will try to stay home as long as possible first though.
Good idea. I went to hospital & got sent home several times before they finally admitted me at 3cms.



 
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This is one of my concerns too. I am not so much afraid of the epidural, I am afraid of the catheter and the aftermath of what it can do to you.

That is one of the reasons I want to try natural because once you have the catheter in, you cannot move and I want to be able to move freely and try different birthing positions.

I am so back and forth with this (medicated vs. unmedicated). I asked my sister-in-law who has three kids. The first two kids were natural and last one was with the epidural and she said she doesn't know why she didn't do the epidural with the first two.

So I am so torn on what to do I have no idea.
Yes it's very much the same for me. With my first I wanted as natural as possible but when the time came I just couldn't cope and asked for an epidural. The epidural itself was great but it was everything that came with it that I didn't like. I had the wire in my back for the epidural, the catheter in, 2 drips in and a wire attached to my baby's head, I was confined to lying in bed on my back and literally had wires coming out of everywhere, I hated it! I asked for my catheter and drips to come out straight away but was told they had to stay in for 48 hours "just in case". Where I live we have a birthing centre but the hospital is 30 miles away and if you go to the hospital to have your baby you get sent back afterwards to recuperate in the local birth centre so I had to come back in my husbands car with cannula's in my hands and a bag attached to my leg. It was honestly horrifying. I've suffered urinary incontinence ever since and have had to physio to get to a reasonably controllable level, they say it's pregnancy that caused it but I feel it was partly due to having to have that catheter in for days when I really didn't need it. Immediately after they took it it I was stood there holding my newborn and all of a sudden my legs were warm and wet, I just looked at my husband and said am I haemorrhaging? He said no love, you've wet yourself! I had no control whatsoever and I took me many months to get it to what it is now which is reasonable but I could never go without incontinence products unfortunately.

This time around I'm more prepared and I'm going to try and have my baby in the birth centre so I can avoid all of it!

Sorry for the rant, I'm a bit bitter about it all!

Sarah xxx
Why on earth would you have to have a catheter in for 48 hours just in case?!! That is totally wrong. I had an epidural with both and obviously a catheter with both and the catheter was out each time almost as soon as I was up and able to walk around. My first was an EMCS and my second a VBAC forceps birth with third degree tear and episiotomy - I had my catheter out within less than 24 hours of birth each time. Probably 12 hours after with my first and a bit longer the second time though the exact timeframe eludes me. I would really question any medical professional saying that to you - you can request they take the catheter out as soon as you're moving around and therefore able to get yourself to the toilet.

Catheters can cause temporary weakness to bladder muscles, I've had a catheter 4 times in all during my life due to other surgeries and you can feel a bit weak when peeing for a few days afterwards but they don't cause permanent damage, I would have to agree with who ever said any long lasting incontinence is probably due to damage to the pelvic floor muscles from childbirth itself.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2017, 16:37 PM   19
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Plus, I just want to add that the reason you need a catheter when having an epidural is not really because you might wet yourself, it's because you can't make yourself pee and it's dangerous to let your bladder get too full. So the catheter is there to take the pee out because you can't do it.



 
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Old Feb 16th, 2017, 17:24 PM   20
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yes you do. With my last baby they gave me the epidural, came in 5 minutes later to check if i was numb yet and i was ready to push. They never had time to put in the catheter... thankfully. My urethra hurt so bad for probably 6-8 months after my first birth. It was enough to make me want a natural birth the next time.



 
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