Wow, ok, I have been totally blown away by the awesome, amazing comments that have been left on my last couple blogs answering all my questions. I feel like I've learned more by reading comments from REAL moms who have done AMAZING things during their child's birth than I ever could have just by asking other nurses what they suggest. Thank you so much for all the tips and suggestions. I've ordered/looked up some of the books that people suggested, so now I'm really excited!
I think my perspective has totally changed on natural childbirth. I have felt like a horrible nurse standing there watching my patients "suffer" and "hurt" when I guess I can almost compare it to a good work out: no pain no gain, and how much more you appreciate something after your work for it. Not that you don't appreciate your baby immensely after you deliver no matter if you had pain meds or not, but those of you who can go without medical pain relief...you amaze me!
Next question (then I'll lay this topic to rest, for awhile, so I don't bore people who read this...): 2nd time moms...from what I've seen, 2nd baby labors are a lot different than 1st baby labors, simply because your body has done it before. So, those second time moms who come in planning on getting an epidural, is it ok to really encourage them to get it before their pain is unbearable, or does that cross the line of forcing it on them. As I nurse I really do feel that it's my worst nightmare to have someone WANT pain relief/and epidural and not get it because she goes from 3cm-complete in 30 minutes. I feel the worst for the multip mom's or even prime mom's who come in very far dilated, and there's no time for an epidural and they really, really want one. So, is it best to "strongly encourage" mom's who have said they would like one at some point to get a block before it's too late, or is it better to wait until they really "need" it? Keep those suggestions and comments coming...this is way better than sitting in a seminar all day trying to learn what a book suggests! :)
Funny, I work again tomorrow and I'm actually kinda hoping for someone who might want to go without pain meds, to see if I can put into practice what everyone's been suggesting.