As a doula, my job is to support you. I will support all of your choices concerning your care. I am on your team. If you want an epidural, I'm on Team Epidural! I have been privileged to be on Team Epidural, Team Induction, Team Birth Center, Team Natural Birth, Team Cesarean, Team VBAC, Team Water Birth, Team Client!
I'm on Team Client every single time.
Too many doulas have given the false impression to their audiences that there is a particular type of birth that is the best type of birth. The Best Birth Experience is the one my client wants. Period. There are a million different reasons why any particular woman might make a choice about her pregnancy and birth, and every single one of those reasons is valid. A location may have policies in place, and a medical provider may have procedures they follow, but a doula will support her clients' choices. It's what we do and anyone doing less should take off their doula hat and call themselves by another name.
The person who decides if and when you have an epidural is the anesthesiologist, ultimately. The choice to have one will be yours. And whether or not you receive one will be based on the location you choose to birth, the provider you choose to attend to your care, and the reasons you personally have for wanting or not wanting one. These are all things we can discuss, if you choose. We can discuss the benefits and we can discuss the risks. We can discuss the method of going with or without it. We can discuss what you want and why you want it and the best way I can support you to have what you want. That is part of the services I provide. That is what I mean by Team Client.
Books have been written about all of the reasons different women make different choices, but I want to to answer this question: Can I have an Epidural?
Absolutely, Yes. I want you to have whatever you want. Next question.