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Of course it can be done and it happens thousands of times every day. The key questions for you is probably "Is the the right choice for me and our baby?". This depends on a variety of factors, a lot of which are very personal, so only you can decide. A few points There is a fair amount if research out there on which one is "better". Unfortunately a lot ...


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Epidurals are a regional anesthesia, also referred to as local anesthesia. This means that it blocks pain, but not all sensation. Epidurals are not a muscle relaxant, and for good reason! Childbirth requires the use of pelvic floor muscles (and some others, such as those used to involuntarily to dilate the cervix). However, some women still have trouble ...


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Childbirth hurts. It always has. But the amount of pain you experience depends on many factors, such as the position of the baby, whether you have or haven't ruptured the amniotic membrane, your pain threshold, your anxiety level, your position in labor, and a host of other factors, many of which you have no control over. Can a first time mother do it ...


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While I think this is a very complicated subject with no one good answer - both because each woman will have a different experience and each woman will benefit from different guidance - there is one answer to the question. The "relax" instruction is not in relation to pain management specifically, but rather in order to help allow the cervix to dilate. ...


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Child labor is already a physically-intensive activity. Intensely clenching muscles furthers the body's exhaustion. Since hamstring, quadricep, and back muscles are some of the largest muscles in the body, use of them can be more exhausting. Exhaustion can increase irritability, agitation, discomfort, among other undesirable effects. Furthermore, strongly ...


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Note: Not a doctor, so this isn't medical advice. Consider what's basically going on; your body is attempting to build up a rhythm that will cause your child to exit in a calm and controlled fashion. The ideal process would be muscles smoothly grasping and shoving the baby down and out in one smooth motion. Obviously the issue here is that, because the ...


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A birth plan is normally something you'd bring with to the hospital / birth centre / whatever and discuss with the midwives / whoever is providing care. If you have some continuity of care from pre-natal care then you'd already have discussed this with the care providers in advance. It's a way of summarising and collecting details that are important to you ...


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I am not sure I can qualify this as an answer, but you sound like a man from your question, so let me comment on 2 of your non-missing elements: Made arrangements for who will catch and cut the umbilical cord Well, it won't be her! If it is her, then this is far from your first child. Have discussed what levels of pain medications to use Such a nice ...


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I did it and would do it again! I felt there were more risks with epidural and other pain relief methods than doing it the old-fashioned way. That said, I would recommend to anyone doing it naturally to have a midwife, a doula, or a birth coach who has assisted a birth before (not your partner!), who can advise the best positions for pain relief and know how ...


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Epidural anesthesia article on wikipedia I think your doctor will be able to confirm what they will use. Epidural analgesia is just for pain relief. You will feel the pressure and the compulsion to push but you will not be able to feel most of the pain. How much you need to push will depend on the size and position of the baby and whether or not the head ...


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This question is asking about giving birth without pain relieve, but all answers are addressing the idea of natural birth/without hospitalized care. Home birth Let me first address home birth as that's likely what you're thinking of. I dare say that home birth without a doubt in my mind is more dangerous for both the mother and the child. Now, I can back ...


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My wive gave birth to both our children without pain relief. This is in the Netherlands, I expect pain relief to be something cultural. I think the risks for pain relief are larger than not using it in most cases. Would the human species heve evolved succesfully if pain relief was nessacerry?


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During the Pregnancy That depends entirely on your girlfriend. In my case, we bought a house about 7 weeks before my wife was due, so she couldn't do much, and I needed to do most of the homebuying myself. Fortunately for me, my wife was a researcher and was able to find support groups online (other people due the same month), so there wasn't too much that ...



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