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  1. This is great information! Certainly it makes sense to leave the mom in control of how much medicine she needs.

    At the hospitals I doula at – 1 does it this way. I love it!

  2. wow. wow. WOW! I ended up against my own wishes (boo!) opting for an epidural, but it was too strong and I couldn’t feel a thing. When the nurse called the anesthesiologist to reduce the strength, he curtly replied that he could either stop it or leave it, but that he couldn’t reduce the strength. This is good news. If I have another kid and opt for a hospital birth and an epidural, I am going to research who locally offers this option.


  3. I had epidurals with both of my deliveries. With my son, it definitely slowed things down. Knowing what I know now from reading wonderful blogs such as yours, I probably would have opted for no meds or at the very least, controlling the meds myself and using less.

  4. I really appreciate this post. I made the decision to not get an epidural early in my pregnancy, and was shocked at how many people told me I’d change my mind, or laughed in my face, or told me I didn’t have to be a martyr. In the end, I went through the 17 hours of labor drug-free, and am so happy I did.

    I think we’re a culture that largely runs from pain, and often doesn’t stop to consider that the absence of pain doesn’t come without a cost to someone or something. I hope this opens some eyes to alternatives!

  5. Is this not common practise in the states?? I just assumed that is how all epidurals worked. when I had my epidural 6.5 years ago It was patient controlled and has been ever since at both maternity hospitals here in Winnipeg canada.


  6. This is great information! Certainly it makes sense to leave the mom in control of how much medicine she needs.

  7. That is a fantastic alternative for women that don’t feel comfortable going totally drug free.

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