Why would anyone want unmedicated birth when pain-free birth is available. Modern epidurals give magical pain relief. This is a complex question. Probably the answer is very personal and different for every mom but these are some of the answers we have heard in support of using less medication with birth: my breast feeding goes better; I am closer to my baby; I am incredibly proud of myself; I bond better with my baby; I recover faster; my husband or partner is proud of me; I am more present at my child’s birth; It is the moment in my life so far that I am most proud of. Unmedicated birth is an amazing achievement. Ask any mom who has done it. Almost without exception when our patients climb this steep mountain and reach the very pinnacle they tell us they are changed forever and incredibly proud. But remember — like many difficult feats it isn’t easy and sometimes not possible on the first try. Think about how many olympic gold medalists failed to medal or even qualify in prior events before winning gold for example. What helped them be successful in fact was their past experiences, determination, great coaching, and usually a little luck. So it is with unmedicated birth; very hard accomplishments take practice and patience! The triple D winning recipe is Determination, Doula, and Doctor. If you want it, we promise you that you can do it if you give yourself time (baring an unexpected complication with the baby or placenta- that’s the luck factor). If you don’t get there for your first delivery then almost certainly you will for your second.