I never intended to have a drug free labour. I know there is every chance that it will go smoothly and I might be fine without strong pain relief. But it would be nice to know I at least have the option. Her opinion on pethadine is that studys have linked it to babies becoming drug addicts later in life, and that your baby will be "stoned" for 4 days after it is born. Of course that puts me off! but just about everyone I know had pethadine during childbirth and their midwives didn't seem to have such a strong opinion on it. Also with epidurals she says it is really hard to put in, and slows down the labour etc etc. I said "so what is there?" she said "massage, hot water, walking" so in other words, nothing! I'm freaking out! I was in hospital with a kidney infection 3 weeks ago, and the pain was horrendous. I can only imagine how bad childbirth will be!
Our beautiful boy arrived 16/12/09