The Labor Dispute: Epidural or Natural Childbirth?
The Case Against Epidurals
Other Pain Relief Options
Separating the Issues
- I have a low threshold for pain.
- It's safe for me and my baby.
- It's worked for lots of people I know.
- Why go through the pain?
- I'm not in this for the experience of labor; I'm here to have a baby.
- I handle pain well and I think I can go without it.
- I believe breathing, relaxation, and other mind/body exercises can help me handle the pain.
- There are other pain relief drugs I'd rather try first.
- I don't like the risks associated with epidurals.
- Even though I don't know anything about labor pain, I'm not afraid of it.
- I'm into the idea of experiencing the whole labor and birth experience intensely, without any drugs at all.
Developing Your Birth Plan
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March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/17/2012 -
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