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June 26th, 2006, 05:13 AM
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I think it is essential to educate yourself about coping with pain during contractions, regardless of whether you want meds or not. There may be a point in your labor where you wish you could get them and cannot. 1) you might not be 4 cm yet and many hospitals do not like to give you an epidural until 4 cm because of it wearing off, and 2) they might have to turn down an epidural, or turn it off, if it becomes necessary for you to move to help pushing, like onto your side or something.

I suggest taking Bradley Method birthing classes, they are different from Lamaze, and reading Natural CHildbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon Rosegg, as well as A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer.

Prepare yourself, it is most difficult to just go into birth wanting to go natural without having prepared yourself for the marathon is it likely to be.
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