I had two very good experiences, one with an epi (got it at 10cm, whoops) and one med-free.
I guess I consider my med-free labour a better experience, but that is likely because it was so short (2.5 hrs compared to 9 hours). I had no beef with the epi at all. I could feel the contractions, totally felt the baby coming out, could move around just fine on the bed (not numb from the waist down). Both kids were healthy and alert after delivery.
preppymama:i think we'd all rather go med-free which is why we're on this board, no?
I MENT epidural
tericalkins:I MENT epidural
Do you mean MEANT??
agree with PP
We rather keep it natural if possible, it's better for the baby and for the mom. In case where you need to have it, or you feel you have to have it, you won't be judged, but in terms of I could choose between a med free natural birth and one with an epidural, I would (and am) doing everything possible not to get one i.e. pain management techniques, etc.
Sharon21: tericalkins:I MENT epiduralDo you mean MEANT??
OP- this is the NATURAL BIRTH board. Why do you think we are all here???
nursecramer:I would like to first have an epordoral, then AROM, then patoesin, then a see-sekshun. Just so I get the whole experience.
CheriCO: preppymama:i think we'd all rather go med-free which is why we're on this board, no?
That's what I was just thinking.
I'd rather have a med-free birth.
I'm not afraid of needles or it being in my spine. I had to have a spinal tap a few years ago, they just take fluid out instead of put medicine in. Anyways, I'm more afraid of being cathed and not being able to walk around.