02 October 2008

Melissa Joan Hart: bring on the drugs

This is something you don't hear very often. Melissa Joan Hart says she regrets her decision to give birth 'naturally' to her second son, Braydon (now 6 months old).

"I kinda regret that one," she revealed.

"But the thing is, the healing was so much faster," the 32-year-old explained. "I didn't have to get the drugs out of my system and was moving around a lot more."

"I labored at home for 9 hours and then went to the hospital for an hour and a half - two pushes and he was out," she said.

Anyone else out there regret saying no to an epidural?

Source: http://www.usmagazine.com/news/melissa-joan-hart-i-regret-no-epidural


canape said...

Yep. I do. I can't believe I'm admitting that, but I am.

My water broke before my contractions were strong and steady. About 14 hours after it broke, my husband drug me to the hospital and they started pitocin. The pitocin contractions? Awful.

Another 16 hours later? I was still only 3 cm and not budging. Got the epidural. Slept through 4-9 cm. Had baby without c-section that was dangling so near.

Next time? Pitocin = drugs. I will still try for a drug free birth, but I will not endure pitocin without pain relief.

Anonymous said...

That kind of regret doesn't even make sense. Something like "Next time I'll get the epidural, I don't want to go through the pain again..." that makes sense. She reaped the benefits of her experience and it's OVER now. It doesn't make sense to regret it, only to change your outlook.

Olivia said...

I find it strange that she doesn't consider the faster healing time worth the drug free labor.

Anonymous said...

I regret not fighting my fool of a nurse for the epidural more. I let her bully me into delaying which led to 3 hours of wishing I was dead. Nice way to bring a child into the world. Her attitude was it was all early days becuase I'd only just felt pain, she didn't factor in that I'd been having contractions for several additional hours (as measured in my OBs office otherwise I wouldn't have known). He sent me down for immediate admission but she dragged her feet and argued and bullied.

I regret not smacking her in the mouth to be honest.

I eventually got the epi and since I had essentially no nursing care in my 36 hour stay in hospital I can say my recovery was damn fast. I was up and about 4 hours after the birth and it could have been sooner but I was busy breastfeeding.

To anonymous - it makes total sense to regret putting yourself through useless pain. My birth experience was ruined by that agony. I may never have another child and I have to live with never having had the birth experience I wanted. If natural birth nazis who claim to be forced into intervention can regret that then why can't a woman who would have liked an epidural? I was basically forced into 3 hours of labour agony. Thanks for nothing.

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