I never thought about things like getting dead legs from an epidural. My legs fall asleep all the time lately - and I HATE it. Seriously can't stand the feeling. I didn't find labor that bad - I had a lot of support from DH and my mom helping me meditate and get really relaxed for it. But the more stressed you are about it - I think the more it hurts. You guys could always try some hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing meditations to help get you prepared for an epi-free birth. Also - it for SURE hurts WAY more if you are induced.
I'm hoping for a VBAC in hospital with as little meds as possible, but this is all new territory for me. I had a planned c-section with DD because she was breech. I've never even felt a contraction...so it might really suck. :P
I'm with Laurie, I've had two Epi births and one natural and that was only because she came so fast I didn't have a chance to get the Epi. I never imagined I would have a natural labor!!! I was amazed how much easier recovery was because I didn't really think it was hard after the Epi. If for some reason this labor was very hard I would have no problem getting an Epi, but it was intense, but not really difficult. Not being induce does make a huge difference, but I may be induced with this one for various reasons, so we will have to see how it all plays out!
I had a dumn doc (who has more than 20 law suits right now!) and she stoped my labor so she could go home! So i ended up with pit, and back labor. I made it 9 hrs.... pretty good. but i was in labor for 19 hrs! So if this one goes faster and no pit i may try no med, but i had no problem with my epi... no dead legs, i could move and feel them the whole time. no cath, easy recovery. So i would be happy either way (tho a fast labor sounds nice )
Umm that's insane. I would have told her not to stop the labor, and just get the F out. I'd rather deliver to a nurse, or even just my DH than a doc who would stop labor for that! I don't understand all this type of intervention though. It all seems pretty crazy to me. People can birth how they want, but it just seems too much that women are birthing how doctors want, and what's convenient for them. Like inducing so that they make sure they don't have to come in on a weekend. Or inducing early so they are not startled by a quick call or quick labor. There's no trust in a woman's body anymore. People are scared of labor and delivery. Babies are taken away from their mamas. It's all so sad.
Well, it seem like I the only one going for a repeat csection. This will be my third csection and I'm totally fine with it. I labored for 36 hrs with DD and only made it to a "generous 3cm". As per my OB. I would never go through that misery again. It was a very difficult recovery because I had labored so long and gotten no rest before my csection. DS was a scheduled csection and was a very nice recovery because there was none of the labor drama before hand. So that is my plan again with this one and I'm looking forward to it.