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They focus a lot on Ina May Gaskin, whose book The Guide to Natural Childbirth I read and reviewed over the summer. In the first episode of More Business of Being Born, Ricki and her friends visit the Farm where Ina May lives and delivers babies naturally every day. Seeing what the birthing process is like there, was very interesting. After watching and hearing stories from these women who are so gung-ho for natural childbirth, I was feeling very torn (no pun intended...ok...intended...bleh!) on the subject of epidurals last week, so I listened to the Pregtastic Podcast entitled "Everything Epidurals"
"According to the doctor in this podcast", epidurals are now considered "patient-controlled." Before, it used to be "This is the dosage and this is what you get when you get an epidural" but if someone wants a tiny bit of pain medication to "take the edge off" or if someone wants the full dosage to completely numb their legs and not feel anything...it's up to you. It's all controlled by you. I heard this and thought "Great! Fantastic! How wonderful!"
So when I asked my doctor about this so-called "patient-controlled epidural" on Tuesday, she seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. Epidurals, at least at my hospital, are not patient controlled. You either get the dosage, or you don't. Ugh...I was a bit dismayed to hear this.
So what is your stance, for or against, epidurals? Did/Will you have an epidural? Were you planning or not planning to have one?