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If you got an epidural....

  • poll: If you had an epidural, did you have a vacuum or forceps assisted delivery?
    No : (120 votes)
    82 %
    Yes : (17 votes)
    12 %
    Puppies! : (10 votes)
    7 %
  1. Mrs. Champagne

    coconut / 8483 posts

    @loveisstrange: my midwives don't use them at all here apparently.. they are not trained. So if I did require forceps/vacuum I would be transferred in the OBs care (same hospital).

  2. deerylou

    pomegranate / 3003 posts

    I had an epidural and pushed for about 30-40 minutes, no assistance.

  3. jedeve

    pomegranate / 3643 posts

    No. I almost needed a vacuum but my MW had the OB hold off and let me keep trying. I pushed for three hours but it had nothing to do with not being able to feel anything. I could feel plenty! He was sunny side up and just stuck in my pelvis. He turned as he came out though.

    She definitely shouldn't have said that!

  4. meganmp

    persimmon / 1420 posts

    Not with DS, but DD was pulled out by her feet following her brother (she was breech). If she had been head down, I would have been able to push her out... I think.

    ETA- they really cranked up my epidural at the end, because the doc knew she would have to do a breech extraction, which in turn dulled my you-need-to-push-NOW instinct.

  5. Greentea

    pomelo / 5678 posts

    My best advice is to labor as long as you can without epi. I do think adopting the mentality I suggest is ideal- and may cut down on interventions. However, an epi can be a great tool for 2014! (To quote my gp.)

    I had a low dose epi so I could still feel and I got dd in one push! I just got the epi right before delivery. Glad to have a positive memory because before that... laboring 17 hours no meds...

    But at the same time I believe striving for my ideal and waiting so long to get the epi possibly helped things go so well (?) Med free to me is just that- an ideal.

    I took Bradley classes and the idea that "meds equal interventions" was a common theme. I found it a bit extreme but labor can be so hard that I think they are helping by setting you up with an ideal.

  6. loveisstrange

    pineapple / 12526 posts

    @Mrs. Champagne: That's how it went for me. The midwives asked for the doctors opinion and then he came in and delivered C with the midwives present and assisting.

  7. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    @Mrs. Champagne: I had an epidural and pushed my son out in 15 minutes. He was only 5 lb 5 oz though.

  8. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    Nope and my baby was over 9 lbs as well.

    ETA: I did have an episiotomy though. His noggin was just too big.

  9. keiki_mama

    nectarine / 2504 posts

    No, but I ended up with a c-section.

  10. Rainbow Sprinkles

    eggplant / 11287 posts

    I had three attempts at an epidural with my first. Literally, it was taken out and replaced three times.

    I didn't have forceps or vacuum.

  11. Mae

    papaya / 10343 posts

    I don't think I know a single person in real life who made it all the way through without an epidural, and to my knowledge 0 of them had vacuum or forceps. There were a few c-sections, but not a ton.

  12. MrsScallop

    persimmon / 1328 posts

    Nope! I likely would have had an incredibly long and terrible labor without the epidural as I barely progressed until I had one. LO had a big head but I still got her out on my own.

  13. erinpye

    pomegranate / 3706 posts

    Nope- had one both times and pushed for 1 hour with baby 1, 10 mins with baby 2. No assistance needed.

  14. pinkcupcake

    cantaloupe / 6751 posts

    Had an epidural, pushed for :20, hello baby! No problems/assistance needed. What a stupid thing for her to say

  15. Emsmems

    persimmon / 1331 posts

    Yep. I was with a midwife, I had an epidural, and I had to have an OB come in and use forceps. But DS was stuck under my pubic bone, I don't think it had anything to do with the epidural.

  16. MamaMoose

    GOLD / squash / 13464 posts

    Nope. But that sounds like something a doula would say.

    I had an amazing epidural experience. It didn't lead to any interventions and if anything it sped my labor up because it allowed me to relax.

  17. Mrs. Taco

    pear / 1639 posts

    Nope. Looks like this poll is proving her wrong

    I loved my epi and would do it all over again!

  18. yin

    honeydew / 7917 posts

    Epidural with no assistance both times. I also had a small tear that didn't require stitches with my first and didn't tear with my second.

  19. MrsF

    honeydew / 7283 posts

    I was induced and had an epi but didn't need any further interventions. I had a great birth experience.

  20. autumn865

    persimmon / 1147 posts

    Not even close to needing it. I only pushed for 20 minutes. I don't understand how someone can say such a generalization. All births are completely different and needing an assisted delivery involves so many more variables than a med or med free birth...

  21. yerpie110

    nectarine / 2771 posts

    Nope, I had an emergency c-section.

  22. Mrs. Bee

    admin / watermelon / 14210 posts

    I only know of one person who had to have the vacuum. Everyone else delivered even big babies without assistance.

    Olive was small so she was easy!

  23. googly-eyes

    GOLD / pomelo / 5737 posts

    @Mrs. Champagne: Hah what an exaggeration. PLUS people that for some reason or other need assistance delivering might also elect, for those same reasons, to get an epi. Correlation =/= causation! Fwiw I had an epi and pushed for somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes!

  24. dolphin

    pomegranate / 3768 posts

    Epi and no forceps/vacuum. Love the epi!

  25. Ginabean3

    pomegranate / 3401 posts

    Nope, had an epi, pushed for 30 minutes, no issues! The epi was the BEST THING EVER....I was relaxed and calm!

  26. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    I had epis with both of my births. They were amazing both times and no assistance was needed.

  27. daniellemybelle

    cantaloupe / 6669 posts

    No but I ended up with a C section.

  28. illumina

    pomelo / 5469 posts

    I had an epi and pushed her out on my own in 45 minutes. Though it was turned down before I started pushing, so I could feel all of my contractions and how I need to do it.

  29. yellowbird

    honeydew / 7303 posts


  30. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    Nope - pushed for 10 minutes.

  31. Smurfette

    GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts


  32. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    I voted one yes and one no!

    My kids both had 99th percentile heads.. but my son's was huge. I had an epidural (long story, but 3 epidurals and a really exhausting labor) and I pushed for 3 hours and he never crowned. They never saw the top of his head. So the doctor placed the vacuum and he popped right out in 3 pushes or so.

    Then my daughter (second) was induced and I had an epidural turned to spinal cath (another long story..) with her she was crowning away immediately and I pushed her out in 15 mins! Probably could have pushed her out in the first push but the doctor was still preparing. I couldn't believe she came out so easily after the 3 hours of pushing with my first... she literally just slipped right out with very minimal effort from me.

  33. swurlygurl

    honeydew / 7091 posts

    I did not need assistance, but I did tear a little. I think I could have even gotten away without an epidural under normal circumstances, but baby girl was sideways, and my back pain was unbearable.

    My sister needed both, though, with an epidural. I feel like she wasn't really trying hard enough though (I was in the room). She was really young and super tired and her epidural wasn't even really working, no matter how many times she pushed that button.

  34. mrsjyw

    GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 posts

    epidural, episiotomy. no forceps/vaccum. ds was a big baby. almost 9 lbs with a 14 inch head. hence the episiotomy.

    they dont regularly use forceps/vaccum at our hospital tho

  35. regberadaisy

    GOLD / wonderful pomegranate / 28905 posts

    Yup, she had a huge melon and we pushed for 2 hours with no progress.

  36. edelweiss

    grapefruit / 4923 posts

    they did need to redo the epidural (wasn't low enough the first time), but no forceps or vacuum. i felt heavenly once as the epidural started working.


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