: First Birth With An Epidural: Did You Have Other Intervention As A Result?

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  • Yes, I had a vacuum after my epidural

    13 16.05%
  • Yes, I had forceps after my epidural

    10 12.35%
  • Yes, I had other intervention after my epidural

    21 25.93%
  • No, I had a vaginal birth without any further procedures at all

    37 45.68%
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thread: First Births With an Epidural

  1. #19
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    Dec 2007
    Victoria
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    I had emerg c/s under an epi..though my cs was nothing to do with interventions or other failures. purely due to issues with Charlotte.
    They broke my waters though, other than that, 36 hours with no intervention.



  2. #20
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    Jan 2007
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    I had an epi after labouring for 24 hours (established labour for about 12 hours). Had to have a vacuum because DD was stuck and in distress and had to be brought out quicker. They had a hard time getting the vaccum to work but after 3 attempts it worked. If it hadn't, I was going to be rushed for an emergency c/s. I don't think the assitance was anything to do with the epi though. My waters broke 30mins before contractions started and things were progressing too slowly which is why intervention was needed.

  3. #21
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    Jan 2006
    Sydney
    376

    I was induced with the gel with DS1 and had an epidural and turned out to be 9cm at the time, no further intervention was required thankfully!

  4. #22
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    Nov 2004
    WA
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    Mine ended with an emergency cs...

  5. #23
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    Mar 2006
    Perth
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    I also should have mentioned that my epi was not topped up for a long while before I started pushing so I was able to completely feel my contractions at that point. Maybe if it had been topped up I would more likely have required assistance? At the time though I was furious that my OB wouldn't top up the epi because it huuuuurt!!

  6. #24
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    Mar 2006
    Perth
    766

    Double post
    Last edited by Bun; March 23rd, 2009 at 11:52 AM. : Double post

  7. #25
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    Jun 2008
    Tassie
    2,567

    I couldn't feel anything with any of my 3 and I didn't require assistance. The first I had a spinal block as well and I couldn't feel the contractions to push, but I used the monitor thing to tell me when I was contracting so I pushed then. The next 2 I just had the epi and could feel the contractions, they were just painless.

  8. #26
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    Mar 2008
    In my own twisted little universe
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    I laboured naturally, had an epidural and then an emergency c section

  9. #27
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    Jun 2008
    Queensland
    342

    My first birth was 18.5 hours of labour. Midwife broke my waters because it took 5 hours for me to go from 4cm to 6cm.. About 2 hours later i had the epi and Syntocinon to try and turn the baby, then 6.5 hours later i had the vaccum, i was a hairs breadth from having a c/s. Personally i believe that i made the wrong choice with getting my waters broken. My ds was in the wrong position to birth easily and i doubt that it helped any. Neither did lying on my back for hours once i had the epi.

  10. #28
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    Jun 2007
    SE Melbourne
    307

    I chose to have an epi after not progressing from 5-6cms in the 3 hours that I had been at hosp. Doc then requested induction, which midwives held off on for a couple of hours, but then gave me as we figured I already had the epi so why not. Vacuum was used as DS's heartrate wasn't stable after me pushing for about 30 mins.

  11. #29
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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia
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    The results here pretty much are in line with the discussion I was part of, that 60% of women having an epidural will need further assistance/intervention to have their baby born... interesting.
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  12. #30
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    Oct 2007
    Middle Victoria
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    What are the stats on assistance/intervention for first time Mums who don't have epidural?

    Ta,

    Kate

  13. #31
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    Nov 2008
    NSW Mid North Coast
    681

    I had an epidural after 50hrs of labour and 2hrs of pushing and the only other pain relief I had was water injection. I was told that I needed one as they were either going to do a forceps delivery or c-section and the ob wanted me prepped before he got there. My baby wasn't distressed but I was and she just didn't want to come out. I couldn't have a vacuum extraction as Olive's head was too swollen from all the pushing so luckily ended up with the forceps. Although it was a highly distressing experience at least I got to push out my baby after all that time with no drugs. I had a third degree episitomy and a third degree tear as a reasult and lost 1.8ltrs of blood but to be honest by the end I just wanted my baby and didn't care how.

  14. #32
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    Apr 2009
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    i was induced, gels at 8pm sunday night, waters broken monday 7.30am, drip by 10am,
    by 7pm not really progressing so had epi.... darling girl delivery EVENTUALLY 3.52am TUESDAY morning with no instruments - thanks god for my epi i never would of been able to labour that long and still have the strenght to push her out without it!!

  15. #33
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    May 2005
    Canberra
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    sorry - not relevant

  16. #34
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    I had an epi and forceps but I'm not sure I would use the words, "as a result" because it's quite possible I would have needed forceps without the epi IYKWIM. Infact, my honest opinion is that I would have needed the forceps regardless.

  17. #35
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    Ummm its a known fact that an epidural increases your risk of intervention because you reduce the sensation and effectiveness pushing.... hence why they need to pull babies out with things like forceps and vacuum. I would say even moreso for first time mums who have never experienced the sensation of pushing, but who knows could be the same.
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  18. #36
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    Nov 2008
    NSW Mid North Coast
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    yeah sorry,
    like fionas I couldn't say 'as a result' cause I had the epi because they already knew that they were going to be intervening by giving a c-s or the forceps so not sure if mine is relevent either.

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