I wanted to share this victorious birth picture for many reasons. Obviously it is a georgous moment and captures the joy of a loving couple welcoming a new baby. But I also wanted people to see that birth can be amazing in different situations. This mom felt she needed an induction and asked on the Mama Birth Facebook page how to go about doing it without an epidural.
Yes it IS possible to birth without pain medications even when an induction is necessary. So glad this mom had the support and the knowledge to make it happen. Congratulations on a job well done! Below is the caption she sent me. Picture used with permission.
"Wanted to post an update since I posed the question about going epidural free while being induced last week. I did it! At the end of the day it was my support circle who convinced me that I could do it! I completed my 3rd epidural free birth, two natural labors and one induced labor! My husband, midwife, and my L&D nurse believed I could AND protected my rights to be up and moving! One thing I can say now is that labor on Pitocin is manageable but a occiput posterior birth (why she didn't drop) is nuts, on several levels. At the end of the day I'm proud of my healthy bundle, myself, and glad to say our family is complete!"