I have been planning a midwife attended birth for this whole pregnancy. Last minute my midwife moved and because there is no other midwives available in the area, I was switched to the OB in the office. I was expecting him to be aware that I was planning a med-free low intervention birth. I can not believe how DIFFERENT the experience is with an OB vs Midwife... It went like this.
Me: Here is my birth plan.
OB: (reads part where I don't want an epi) HAHA! Well, it's possible to do it naturally but unnecessary. It feels like being stabbed repeatedly in your stomach every 2 minutes. Trust me, you'll probably want one.
My jaw actually dropped to the floor. I can't believe he would say something like that! Especially to a first time mom, and especially to someone who wants a med free birth. I'm not an idiot, I know it will be painfull and not easy, but I have looked at my options and for me, this is the best choice. I have nothing against epidurals, but I want to try something different. Is it so much to ask for a little encouragement from your care provider! This was TOTALLY different than talking to my midwife who always was enourageing and offering advice for pain management!