Honestly we always talk about how its a womens right as to how she give births to her own baby.
If a women wants pain relief then she should have it, if she doesnt then she doesnt have to.
What is the big deal???
I get so sick and tired of people saying to me
'oh have an epidural'
'noo dont have an epidural'
Who cares! Im going to go in with an open mind, if im coping then i wont have one. If im not, i will have one!
As for the pain. Yes birth is positive, it isnt like a fractured limb BUT pain itself is not positive.
Pain is a 'self protection' mechanism - this really is the only use for it. We dont need to 'protect' ourselves from labour, so whats the problem in hiding the pain?
Pain as i said is NOT positive, labour is positive. Although they associate with eachother, it is NOT the same thing. Therefore saying 'oh labour is a positive pain therefore you dont need analgesia' is crap!
pain is bad because:
-it increases the metabolic demand which reduces our ability to heal
- reduces our immune function - make us susceptible to infections
- causes stress which isnt good for cardio vascular circulation
- reduced capacity to ventilate (ie breath normally)
- it hurts!!!
A c-section is painful and no-one would dare do a caesar without pain meds. But isnt a c-section a positive thing because you end up with a baby in your arms, the same as you would with labour?
Pain isnt good, regardless of where and how it comes about.
If one chooses to 'mask' this pain, then that right should be carried out AND respected!
good luck labouring girlies =)