The epidural rate for our patients is about 60% so we support our patients through whatever method or level of pain medication is necessary for this birth.
“Why Natural Childbirth?” by Judith A. Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE. Copyright 2000. A Lamaze International Publication: A reader asks for help in answering the question “Why natural childbirth?” Understanding the simple story of normal, natural birth, what helps and what sabotages nature’s plan for birth, and the appropriate use of interventions are discussed and form the foundation for coming to the conclusion that nature’s plan makes sense. Women are inherently capable of giving birth, have a deep, intuitive instinct about birth, and, when supported and free to find comfort, are able to give birth without interventions and without suffering. [……]
Why natural childbirth? Ultimately, women find the answer to that question themselves. What they need from us as childbirth educators is to know that nature’s design works beautifully. Confident women who are supported and encouraged and who enjoy the freedom to tap into their own wisdom find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself prepares mother and baby perfectly in every way to continue on their journey together.
Some women choose to give birth naturally because they love the challenge. Others find great satisfaction in working hard and “getting the job done.” Many women are eager to avoid anything that might harm their babies or themselves. But the most compelling reason to choose natural childbirth is a universal one. Women know how to give birth without machines, epidurals, and fear. Why natural childbirth? The more important question might be “Why not?”
Full reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1595040/
Probably the answer is very personal and different for every woman but these are some of the answers we have heard in support of using less medication with birth: “my breastfeeding 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”.
Like many difficult feats, it certainly 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 was their past experiences, determination, great coaching, and usually a little luck. So it is with natural childbirth; 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.