Thursday, May 11, 2006

Midwives tell mums: pain is good for you (Sunday Times)

Dame Karlene Davis, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said women ought to regard distress during labour as “productive pain”.

“The pain of labour is a productive sort of pain with a satisfying outcome of a nice healthy baby,” she said.

Davis added that some women who opt for an epidural feel they have missed out.

They have suggested starting to charge women who ask for epidurals, although apparently the National Health Service says no way. When I heard about this story, I just wanted to kill the woman as I didn’t feel I had anything resembling productive pain. After the last full-on epidural/spinal I had (after having a mobile epidural, which I had after a useless TENS machine and gas & air), I grabbed my midwives hand and said “thank you, I don’t feel like I am dying anymore!”. Surely some people (e.g. me) are worthy enough of pain relief? If it had been easy and cope-able, which I wish it had, yes it would have been nice to limit myself to gas & air, but it sucked! Big time!

Has anyone had issues with bottle feeding after moving on to solids? Oliver has started fussing and arching his back when I try to feed him, and will often only take a bottle if I put him in a chair or something and feed him without holding him. Just in the last week or so. Is this not weird? However, solids are going so well that he ate almost an entire apple for lunch today. Just kept munching away. The big pig.

4 Responses to “”

  1. jamie Says:

    Productive pain!! HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!

    That’s like those people who say you forget how much it hurts after the baby is born. HAHAHAHAHAAA!!

    Or those celebrities who say giving birth is like having a big poo. HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!

    I had an epidural with both of mine (although after 16 hours with the first) and I’m already in line for one for this one!

    Missing out. pfft.

    Great, now I’m all riled up, thanks Emma!

  2. Lisa Says:

    A lot of midwives are opposed to this ridiculous proposal. I really can’t see it happening, personally.

    Regarding bottle feeding, when are you giving him the bottle? You might want to space out bottle and solid feeds so that he’s not “full” when it comes time for a feed.

  3. mother of the kid Says:

    Lisa, I always give him the bottle first and get him to take as much as possible before I move to the solids. I don’t know what the issue is as he will take it if sitting down not being held. Weirdo.

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