Doctors and medications, are they really that great for you in childbirth?

United States
February 6, 2007 6:21pm CST
Okay, I got more into this ideal as I started looking up what all the drugs women use in childbirth can do to them. The doctors and such push all sorts of different types on women, without really telling them what they do(besides lessen pain). The more into it you get it's all about capitol. Everyone just wants the kickbacks they get from the drug companies, not to mention an easier to keep happy woman. But if you look at how much better for you and your baby unmedicated childbirth is, and faster, I don't know why they push so much. They should try to help you more. But they are more worried about time limits and getting sued. We are ranked 13th nation in morbitity of mothers and children dieing in childbirth. 13TH! The 1st is the Dutch, they have almost all midwife assisted births, AT HOME! Not that I want to have my children at home. I don't want to have to clean all that up, but non-medicated seems the way to go. Or at least less medicated. I'm not saying everyone should just have to go natural, but at least research it before they take meds that could harm them. As well as their children and just make the doctors richer, they have enough money! And it's hard to find a doctor who isn't in it mostly for the money.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I had epiderals with all three of my children, There are no side effects for the child and minimal side effects for the mother. I have small back aches every once in a while from it. I would not change a thing though. I loved hving my children with NO pain!!!! I enjoyed every second of it!
• Australia
7 Feb 07
Not sure where you are from angelaplus2 but in in my ante natal classes and in my ante natal checks with my doctor their was a huge emphasis on the pain relief options available and the pros and cons of each so in my eyes, women can be as informed about their choices as they want to be. I think the trick is to find a doctor that you TRUST, so that you have the childbirth experience that you want (sometimes nature doesn't allow for this). I wanted to have a natural childbirth but my early labout contractions just went on and on and on forever (I'm talking days here) so by the time I got to the hospital (only 1 cm dilated and no end in sight) I was exhausted. The only thing that got me through it was an epidural and some oxytocin to help my contractions. (Oh and of course the support of my husband!). In the end I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and to me it didn't really matter that the "birth" didn't go as I had wanted. What mattered was the gorgeous baby they put in my arms at the end of it....
• United States
7 Feb 07
I agree that at that point I would have done the same as you. I'm just talking about how most women run into the hospital(my sis-in-law and many other people I know) the moment the start having contractions to get an epi. But they do have more side effects than they let you on the belive.
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
Morbidity goes down with the amount of prenatal care. I think you'll find that all those countries that have lower morbidity rates are those with free prenatal care, and many also have extensive support systems for mothers which include free milk, vegetables and meds for poor mothers. I think American rates are higs simply because many women just can't afford to go to the doctor as often as needed and can't afford good dietary choices. Here in Canada, every small town andcity hasa program for single or poor mothers where they are given peer support, weekly check-ups by a maternity nurse, talks about diet, and infant care, and free milk and vegies. In many small towns, it is a requirement for young single mothers to take this course if they are still in school, and they get academic credit for it.
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
Perhaps you should petition your state legislature to pass a bill so pre-natal care is covered by the government. Lord knows, its cheaper than supporting a baby with birth defects!
@shanhari (120)
• India
7 Feb 07
yes