Thank you to all the ladies who answered my previous questions. Your answers were so helpful. I did not know that a local anaesthetic, and catheter were also given with the epidural. Can you feel it when the catheter is put in and taken out (I have never had one)? Does the numbing needle hurt as bad as the epidural (ironically, I am afraid of needles)? I have also heard that the epidural can be self-administered. How does this work and how long does each dose last (in case the urge to push cannot be felt)? When is it necessary for a doctor to give you an episiotomy (because I would like to avoid this)? Has anyone got any funny stories about how their partners reacted to the birth of their child (so I can reassure my partner no matter how he reacts, it's okay)? I would love to hear from you.
Robinya,WA,7 months pregnant