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Natural or Medicated Birth?

How did you decide to either use medication or go the natural route during labor? On one hand I am nervous about using medication because I don't want to be overly medicated, on the other hand I'm nervous about going natural because I don't want to be in too much pain.

I am trying to learn as many natural ways to relieve pain, but I am also trying to learn all I can about the medications and what they do, and their side effects so I can make the best choice.


  • There's a great movie called The Business of Being Born that talks about the details of different kinds of birth experiences. It is really enlightening and empowering. There is also a series of shows by the same name that goes so in depth on all kinds of birth choices and circumstances. It's really worth watching in my opinion.
  • I'm not sure what I"m going to do. I don't want to be in too much pain but I don't want to be too drugged up either. I'll have to watch that movie.
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