Natural Labor vs Medicated - How did you decide?

Did you have a natural labor or a medicated labor? Is it something you planned ahead of time? How did you decide?

I planned a natural birth with my first three births and a medicated for my fourth. But I had my first two natural, my third with an epidural and my fourth natural. I went with natural because I wanted as few risks as possible. I wanted an epidural with my fourth because my baby had medical issues but I couldn't have one because the anesthesiologist was busy.

I think that moms should do what is right for them. Each labor and each pregnancy is different. What works for one might not work for another. I think it is smart to have a plan ahead of time but not to feel bad if you don't/can't follow that plan. Whatever happen do what is right for you and don't be upset about it. There is nothing wrong with any plan or choice.

What do you think? Did you have a natural labor or a medicated labor? Is it something you planned ahead of time? How did you decide?

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4Katie
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    07/02/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I planned for a natural birth and got a medicated one with my first child. I've always been a bit "anti medicine for no reason", my dad was like that too. But I was not satisfied with my first birth and was determined to have a natural birth and I did.
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      07/02/14
      I wanted an epidural because I didn't want to be overwhelmed by pain. I think it was the best decision for me, honestly.

      If I had a third child though I might consider going medication free. The only thing I hated about the epidural was that I had to stay in bed the whole time. I mean it makes sense, you don't want to walk around on numb legs. But I really hated being stuck in the bed that whole time.
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        07/02/14
        I had a c-section so I didn't have a choice. Honestly I think if I went into it NOT knowing what I do now and not having to have a c-section I would have chosen medicated. But knowing what I know now about the recovery with medication I think I would have chosen natural.
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          07/02/14
          amanda
          I never thought I could do it without medication and when it came time to deliver my contractions (what I felt of them) were so intense.
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            07/02/14
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              07/02/14
              I planned having a natural birth, drugs (pain relievers or epidural) didn't matter much but I was trying to go without. I wanted my daughter to come out vaginally, and she did. That was all that mattered to me, besides her being really healthy.
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                07/02/14
                I knew going in that I would want to be medicated. I don't handle pain well at all, and I labored for 38 hours and ended up having an unplanned c-section, so it was going to be medicated whether I had wanted it to be or not.
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                  07/02/14
                  4Rina
                  My first two were planned with epidurals. My third was also supposed to be an epidural, but he came a little sooner than expected, so I didn't really get the chance!! If I ever had a 4th (unlikely), I would go with natural. Honestly, it really wasn't so horrible (maybe b/c it was very fast), and the recovery was much, much better.
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                    07/03/14
                    My daughter was a week late so they induced labor. And she is still late till this day. I layed there for 17 hours. My whole right side was almost numb. My husband said I had an Army nurse. She was hateful and would not let me get up. I told her that I had to go to the bathroom. I got up and took the IV with me. It was not 3 minutes and I was ready. They gave me a spinal block. and I could relax a little. Doctors have told me that if I tried to have another one I could walk anymore. She was born at 3:15 am on September 14, 1982.
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                      07/03/14
                      natural labor
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                        07/03/14
                        5Tabitha
                        My first three were with epidurals. When I got pregnant with the fourth I started researching and remembering nurses comments.. I was seriously thinking about doing all natural, then I saw the fee for the epidural and that sealed my deal.
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                          07/03/14
                          I planned for natural of course, unfortunately I had 2! emergency C-sections the following were Vbac, Natural! Hey ladies take a look at a program Called Underage and Pregnant it is filmed in Europe, you can find it on TUBEPLUSME.com with every other movie, or tv show or Youtube. Of course it is about underaged girls becoming pregnant, which is similar to the show here in the states called 16 and pregnant, I found it interesting how most of these very young moms first birth choice was natural, the culture seems to approach childbirth in the most natural way then bring in all the science, the things that pretty much high end as far as strollers (theirs are buggy's or Push-chair) are more common with these young girls, Maclaren's, Orbit's you name it they probably have it, they also choose more traditional names for their babe like George, Stanley, Helen, Esther, opposed to Jackson, Clayton, Emily, etc. I think that I was looking for something on Tubeplus and just happened to notice it then take a look at it. The bottom lines are still the same these girls are much too young to be sexually active let alone having children, the interesting thing is their culture and approach; watch it when you have time.
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                            diane
                            All three of my labors and deliveries were natural. No pain meds. Everything went fine.
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                              07/03/14
                              Well, I wanted the Edi but they didn't believe I was in labor.. believe that?! Yeah.. Because I was "too calm". Gees. Some people just handle pain well. Give me a break. Then once they got around to it.. they checked me out and was like WOAH.. she's ready.. I got the Epi but it didn't kick in til AFTER the fact lol. Good stuff.
                              At least I was able to walk around right after and take a shower hehe.
                              Also, I have some lower back pain pains since they gave that needle. Which is HUGE! Yikes.

                              Next time I will be natural.
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                                07/03/14
                                I had natural birth
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                                  07/03/14
                                  Mine was induced labor for 17 hours. They gave me an epidural. But some doctors say that is what caused my back problems. I don't know.
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                                    07/04/14
                                    i had epidural and natural for my two sons,but the pain its still there no meter which decision you made for birth.
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                                      I'm planning for a natural labor. I decided this after the guilt of putting my baby through so much cortisol (depression hormone) during my 1st trimester. Being bipolar and stopping cold turkey on my supplements per my naturopath had its hardships during early pregnancy . Also did some light research on the findings for babies who were exposed to the epidural and that being linked to ADHD. Erik had made comments that he didn't want to ever experience another pregnancy like mine so I want to get the most out of my labor and delivery. I want to remember every detail because this could be my last pregnancy (knock on wood). I want more children!
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                                        08/27/14
                                        Tonya
                                        I am a wimp. I hate pain. So I knew going in I wanted pain meds.
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