Great post over at The Human Pacifier today. I urge you to go and have a read. I agree that epidurals do have their place in the birthing world, but this article outlines a number of the reasons I had for vehemently chosing NO for any analgesia during birth.
I don't judge people for choosing pain relief.. birth IS painful. Seriously, your birth.. your choice. I do however, believe that birth works best WITHOUT drugs. And that's what I chose for my births so far. It makes me sad when people say 'go for the drugs!' and make a big joke out of it.. because most of them do not have enough knowledge in this area to make a truly informed decision / advice.
Yes the drugs may help with the pain, but what about the intervention that often follows... did you want that too? That episiostomy, forceps, ventouse, c-section, sick baby? Did you realise that you were increasing your chances of a birth like that with accepting pain drugs? I just worry that people don't know this. I worry that the side effects are skimmed over in birth education classes.
Yeah it hurt, but it also felt powerful, amazing.. it felt like birth! I felt my babies being born, and I'm so happy about that!
(Of course I know there are exceptions to the drugs = interventions, etc).