QUOTE (tibs @ 06/06/2012, 11:49 PM)
They probably thought it was too much of a PITA to call an anaesthetist in when they can give the peth themselves. In the case of public at least it is probably hospital policy to save $$$.
You're probably right! They did have that sort of attitude...
QUOTE (Roselet @ 06/06/2012, 11:49 PM)
I can't answer your question, but have an additional related one. I had gas, and needed more, asked for and was given morphine. That wasn't stopping the pain so I asked to have the epidural. They wouldn't let me have the epidural until I was at 4 cms (I was in hospital from the word go as I was induced - hence also the massively painful contractions). Is that normal? I've heard from others that got epidurals as soon as they were asked for them, before the 4cm mark. Is it a private vs public thing?
Some data says epidurals can stall labour (other data says it relaxes the person and can hasten labour) - possibly at the early cms there is a fear that labour may stall. Possibly applicable in my case too. My labour actually DID stall once I got the epi and relaxed - but interestingly it also seemed to stall when I got really into the zone in the bathtub pre-epi and sort of into my relaxed state. So I'm not sure if it was a dangerous stalling as such, or just the labour slowing a bit when I was relaxed.
QUOTE (SnazzySass @ 06/06/2012, 11:52 PM)
Wouldn't it be something to do with the danger of fetal distress and a stalled labour with an epi? particually early on .Not to mention the risk of spinal injury?
My research sugested that an epi was actually quite risky, more risky than the other two anyway.
Good points, yes.
It's funny, if they'd said that to me I might have held out with the gas till I'd got to 4cm or something - I just knew that I couldn't wait for 10cm on gas at the rate I was going!
But it seemed like they didn't actually know WHY I should have pethidine before getting the inevitable (given my dilation speed) epi... just that I SHOULD.
QUOTE (SCARFACE CLAW @ 07/06/2012, 12:05 AM)
I found that the Pethidine didn't reduce the pain at all, but made me too confused and out of it to coherently complain about the pain - so in effect, it seemed to just be a "shut her up" drug.
This was exactly my fear!