For any of you who know me, I’d imagine that the fact that I’m considering a drug free labor is surprising. I’m not one of those women who is gung ho about a lot of these things, and while I tolerate pain relatively well, I have never gone out looking for it.
Part of this decision is being motivated by my doctor’s recommendation to avoid an epidural if possible because of a long history of bad outcomes with needles in my spine (long story short: I like to leak spinal fluid, it has had some lousy effects on my brain over time). Prior to that, I hadn’t given it any thought, but somewhere in my mind I guess I had always assumed I’d go for the epidural.
Now that we’ve taken that option off the table, I’m having to do a lot of thinking.
In my naiveté, I hadn’t realized how many alternative options there are for pain management. It didn’t even really cross my mind until a friend of mine recently gave birth to twins (one of which was breech), which were 7 pounds a piece, without an epidural but instead with hypnosis.
And she got me thinking about the other options for pain management during labor and I was surprised at what I learned doing just a little bit of research. These are 6 methods of pain management that I’m going to keep in mind when it comes time for us to create our birth plan.
Have you used any of these? Would you do it again?