No Pain, No Gain

July 21, 2009

No Pain, No Gain

I’ve had a recent discussion with a patient about if she should get an EPIDERMAL at delivery. I told her she shouldn’t get an EPIDERMAL but she may want to get an epidural.

Many women want to know if “natural” birth, without pain medication is better than if they get pain medicine. I can unequivocally say that both are good ways to deliver. Although an epidural may slow down labor it does not increase the chance of getting a c-section nor does it “hurt” the baby. Pain management in labor is a personal decision, one that is as individual as the baby you deliver. If a woman wants a “natural” birth without pain medicine more power to her, but if she tries and because of the pain wants to get an epidural she shouldn’t feel as though she failed. Every birth is a miracle regardless of pain medicine used.

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