I did not have an epidural with Rooney’s birth. A lot of women ask me about it (especially the pregnant ones ), and after lots of discussion, I think having a quick birth is one of the best ways to avoid an epidural (if that’s your goal). Of course, a quick labor is not something you can always control.
I promise I’m not a jerk about avoiding pain meds. It was something I’ve wanted to do since my cousin told me about her water birth like eight years ago. I thought it sounded like the coolest thing! I’ve also never liked taking medication (I rarely take pain medication when I have a headache), so it just seemed like that would be my story. Some people run marathons…natural childbirth is my extreme sport.