I am going for a VBAC this time, and want to avoid the whole epi/pit/cascade that occured last time (after 19 hours of high dose pit horror without pain meds, I got an epix3 PLUS a spinal, but it didnt work)
my OB is somewhat nervous about laboring a VBAC without an epi in case of the need for emergent c-section due to rupture (I know, I know,
My question is: does anybody know anything about laboring in a tub or shower with an epidural catheter in place but no meds? Im thinking that it probably WOULDNT be the world's greatest plan in terms of avoiding infection and issues, but if its not too risky, I might consider *thinking* about it. I DO want the option of water, though, I think it would help a LOT.
Im kinda thinking though, that if it's a REAL emergency (splash and crash) that it wont matter since we wouldnt be able to wait for meds to kick in anyway and if it's an "emergency" with a 30 minute decision to incision, they would be able to get a spinal in anyway, since they have to have "immediately available" anesthesiology in the hospital, right?