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  • Valleygirl Valleygirl's Avatar 06-22-05 | 06:50 PM
  • Repeat c-section for me so..
    OB - Hosptial - drugs drugs drugs!
  • Celia_M 06-22-05 | 07:05 PM
  • Midwife led birth centre at the hospital.
    Categorically NO pethidine (I've already had a bad experience with it) and no other drugs if I can help/avoid it - unless an emergency c-sec is needed. I hope to use a Tens machine early on and later a water pool if possible and play lots of calming/relaxing music.
  • Valleygirl Valleygirl's Avatar 06-22-05 | 07:20 PM
  • Celia what is a Tens Machine?
  • Patience Patience's Avatar 06-22-05 | 09:47 PM
  • OB, repeat c-section here, something little to take the edge off before the surgery and then spinal.

    Hoping that things go as well as last time around and I can come home two days later!
  • Celia_M 06-23-05 | 04:29 AM
  • This link :

    Has info on Tens machines. Basically they have pads that the midwife/dh attatches to your back around your spine, the machine sends out electrical pulses - which on a good machine you can control the intensity of - these help block the pain whilst also stimulating your bodies own natural endorphins (painkiller hormones). Most machines have a seperate button that you hold down during a contraction for a continuous burst of pulses.

    (Not sure if the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) exists in the states, but it's a huge and highly respected organisation/charity here.)

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