Let's go back to your birth plan: You have a list of yesses and no's, you've done your research, your doula is by your side.
But you've been in labor since yesterday afternoon and you're really getting tired. You weren't planning on having an epidural, but you're really beginning to consider it now.
Sounds like you have some decisions to make. What's next? Your doula will remind you and your partner to use your B.R.A.I.N.!
If you decided to get the epidural,
BENEFITS (PAIN RELIEF)
RISKS (TO YOU AND YOUR CHILD?)
ALTERNATIVES (ARE THERE ANY? HAVE YOU ALREADY TRIED THEM?)
INTUITION (WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU? WHAT'S YOUR GUT FEELING?)
NOTHING (WHAT IF YOU DIDN'T GET THE EPIDURAL? COULD YOU HANDLE THE INTENSITY OF THE CONTRACTIONS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LABOR?
Making a decision that you can feel good about in the birthing room requires information, support, understanding and respect. As doulas, we would never try to talk anyone out of getting pain medication (or into it, for that matter). This is your birth!
We're here for you!