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Old 09-18-05, 10:34 PM
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I had an epi with both of my deliveries and wouldn't do it any other way.
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Old 09-19-05, 08:02 PM
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We took Bradley classes and went without an epidural. I never felt like I needed one with what I learned there. I highly recommend that. It was a great experience.
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Old 09-20-05, 12:51 PM
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I had planned to NOT have an epidural. I was admitted in l&d at 12 noon 3cm, by 3pm I was 6cm and in awful pain. I couldn't talk or barely breathe. I discussed it with my dh and we decided I wanted the epi. By 4pm I had it and was like a different person! A little after 5pm I felt the need to push (strong need!) and at 5:29 he was here. I was able to focus on pushing and breathing and watched the entire thing. I truly think if I had not got the epi it would have been nothing like that. Oh, and we didn't use any forceps or vacuum, he had a perfect little round head. But, to each his own. I will try again next time with no epi, but will not rule it out if it gets bad again. The only bad thing related to epi was he had to have oxygen and had to stay in the nursery and I couldn't walk for a long time so I couldn't see him for a while.
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