Posts: 2 | Joined: 26th Oct 06
I went through my pregnancy not at all worried about giving birth. My way of thinking was the baby has to come out some way and if women in third world countries can do it without any intervention from drugs then I can to. I had an open mind to drugs but did not want an epidural if I could cope without it. After being in labour for 6 hours I felt I needed one, the community midwife rang the hospital and was told that even if we left my home to go in to hospital I could not have an epidural straight away as there were 3 women waiting to go to theatre who needed epidurals. I managed at home with gas & air until 6am (having been in labour since 8pm the previous night) and arrived at the hospital at 6:30am. My son was born at 7:59am. The gas and air does not take away the pain but just takes the edge off. My advice is have an open mind and don't rule anything out until your labour starts, every one has a different pain threshold!!