I'm due in a few day's, am attending C.U.M.H. Just wondering would love to manage labour with gas and air and my tens machine but not ruling out the epidural.
Q is when i go upto hospital in labour if I say no when they ask me will I be getting epidural can I not change my mind. Should I just say yes to be on the safe side even if I decide not to get it.
I would say yes, and if you find you don't need it later on, then just don't get it. In fact, I told them in the hospital that I wanted one even before they asked
Yes you can change your mind. I'd say they are pretty much used to it!
I managed fine on just the gas and air. but you can ask for the epi if you really fel you need it. i was so so glad i dident get the epi as i had a shower befor my visitors came. stay out of the bad as long as you can. The midwifes i had in the cumh was fantastic. best of luck all you can do is your best and if you need the epi then get the epi.
CUMH do tend to be quite supportive for keeping birth as normal as possible and changing your mind is always an option. I'm not sure if I would ask for it right away if you don't need it right then - just in case it bumped another Mum further down who really does need it (and when you need it every minute of delay is a loooooong minute).
I heard the CUMH labour pool was due to open earlier this week - if it did then that's a fantastic alternative to the epi.
Best of luck!
oh gosh of course you can change your mind hun dont be worrying bout that!