Did you have an epidural?
Epidurals vs natural labour.... it’s the great mum forum debate and good god do people have opinions on it. On both sides of the spectrum.
The only thing that matters is that women in labour feel empowered and confident in the information they have to choose what is best for them. Not what is best for their husbands, mother-in-law or their ‘family friend who is a doctor’. Not your uterus, not your choice!
Living in the UAE I can say (without statistics as we have none) that the epidural rate here is high. But so what
Do I believe in active birth and minimal interventions... Yes. To my very core. But I also believe choice has to be at the centre of our birth culture. It is my role to educate and support. Not judge.
Women who choose epidurals are not weak, taking the easy way out or working any less hard than women who do not choose one.
Truth be told, there is almost more pressure to birth ‘naturally’ now and it can set women up for feelings of failure, guilt and disappointment.
So I’m just here to remind everyone that we should never judge mothers on their choices and trust them to do what is needed for them to achieve the birth they want. Do whatever works for you!