A friend who was pregnant with her first baby was discussing her birth plan and mentioned she wanted to avoid getting an epidural during the birth of her child.
When I questioned how she would go about avoiding an epidural during labor, one thing became abundantly clear to me: She didn’t have a plan.
I don’t mean a birth plan.
As a former maternity nurse who saw way too many messed up epidurals, I knew I would never want to get one.
My motto became:
Better suffer through temporary pain of childbirth,
than risk suffering pain afterwards.
After I had my first birth without an epidural, my doula congratulated me on not asking for an epidural during labor.
I answered her that I never considered an option.