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A 38-year-old member asked:

what is the likelihood that i will give birth without needing an epidural?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
That depends: About half of women get epidurals in the US. Whether you are part of the half that does depends on what you want and how prepared your are for birth. Birthing prep classes (lamaze, Bradley method) will give you techniques for handling the pain without an epidural. Other women use IV medications (like fentanyl) to take the edge off. Some women just need an epidural and there is no shame in that.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Birth: There is nothing wrong with giving birth without an epidural. In facet in most countries of the world this is the norm. Western societies use epidurals a lot more than they should. They also do a lot more cesarean sections than other countries. If you want to deliver without an epidural then go for it - there is nothing wrong-its part of life.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
It depends : On your goals. Natural childbirth in most cases is a great approach to labor. Sometimes there are medical issues that necessitate an anesthetic intervention, like the need for a c section. Good luck.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am going to give birth in 7 weeks. I'm trying to decide 100% natural or epidural. any suggestions?

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Dr. Dina Canavero
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Congrats! : Wait to make that decision until you are in labor and know exactly how much it will hurt. Arm yourself with relaxation and pain mgmt techniques, learn about epidurals and other pain mgmt tools offered at your hospital or birth center. Each labor is different, and there is so much you don't know about it yet- you just have to relax and wait until you are there to make the best decision for you!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Relaxation and berating is the key to get through a natural birth! I had 3 !( before Epidurals )
Jul 23, 2014

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