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I was talking to my best friend the other day, and explaining my choice for natural childbirth, and I told her that somewhere around 40% of women have "natural" births... (but I think that "natural" is debateable)
Anyway, she told me that she thought that getting the epidural was just something that everyone got.. like a hospital gown, or ID bracelet. She didn't really know you had the option...
Granted, this is a friend that's never been pregnant, but she's had a few friends that have had babies. I would hope that NCB wouldn't be something that is sooo unheard of.
It was awesome though, she asked a bunch of questions, and (thanks to an amazing amount of lurking) I had a lot of answers to give her! She told me that it totally makes sense why I wouldn't want an epidural.
I just thought that was strange, and figured you all would understand!
Well, Im glad she knows now! It really amazes me how many people just honestly dont KNOW that they have options when it comes to childbirth. I guess they forget that they are their own person, they OWN them, and that no one can MAKE them do anything they dont want.
It seems to have become that way around here in recent years with VBAC also. There doesn't seem to be any other 'way' anymore
In Australia back when I had my eldest VBAC was encouraged & the way to go. When my cousin booked her repeat C at 40+ weeks, they were still totally willing to let her go natural.
vs's now where the girls on the boards I frequent are all booked in for repeat C's without being given any other option. Back then (& that was only 9 years ago,) C-section was something that was only done when something was thought to be 'seriously wrong'.
Sad stuff I believe that if something becomes regular enough then people honestly don't know to question it because everyone else is doing it & they think purely because of that that it must be right.
I used to kinda think like that too. I was the same way about breastfeeding. The first time I saw a baby being breastfed I was 17 It seemed strange to me Very very sad....If I didn't have the internet and my pregnancy forums, I wouldn't know ANYTHING about labor and I would have been the OB (OB's can be great don't get me wrong)/Inducing/Epidural/Csection/Formula mama straight up. I thought that was just the way things were with childbirth. I'm so proud of myself for educating myself and controlling my birth experience for the best of my child and I.