hi all... slightly long post....
I had to be admitted to the hosp. at 27 weeks because my kidney's were shutting down (lupus). My daughter was an early bird, born at 30. Because I had been in so long before her birth, I had plenty of time to think. My doctor made it clear I'd be a cesarean, and cesarean means drugs. That was ok. I even got signed papers for them to do a tubal while they were in there. (I was 23)
So, I'm on the dialysis machine, baby monitor going crazy, and ooh, it was starting to hurt! So dialysis nurses give me my blood back (obviously with heparin) and I go down to L&D. My heparin levels were too high for them to attempt to give an epidural. Another doctor in the same practice was on call that night, and she ended up thinking it would be better to go natural. The funny thing is, I was happy not to be cut open! I labored 12 hours, then actively for only 15 minutes.
The nurses kept coming back, saying "we'll get you pain medication, just as soon as your heparin levels go down." I think your body anesthestizes itself to a certain degree. The big kicker was the huge demerol shot afterward! It wasn't hurting after she came out, but they had given me pitocin before and after to minimize bleeding. I definately won't have more children, but not because of childbirth pain, mostly because my kidney couldn't take it. I eventually had a transplant from my identical twin 1 year later.
Unless I explain all that, anyone I tell I had natural childbirth think I'm nuts. I'm glad I did, my husband was very supportive, wiping my sweat and holding my hair out of the way so I could vomit. Plus I was up out of bed 15 minutes later. I think I would still do it naturally but minus all the complications.