I'm not a midwife, but I'm a mother expecting her second child, and I'm currently trying to explore all my options for a natural birth.
At my daughter's birth, I started vomiting at the beginning of active labor, and nearly continuously for four or five hours until I ran out of everything - hydration, energy, courage - and begged for an epidural (it was an hospital birth, but at an awesome community hospital with a "midwifery" approach to birthing, and with the help of a doula). I also experienced the same thing with a late miscarriage, a few years ago, and used to vomit during heavy periods as a teenager. So I have good reasons to expect that this will happen again unless I'm better equiped for it.
This time around, I'd really like to get a better birth experience, and to be able to experience a epidural-free birth. I've been researching different sources, but cannot find much information
about that problem (most sources indicate that vomiting is normal in
transition, and a sign of good progress, but do not indicate how to
I've asked medical friends for the official medical point of view, and what I've been told is that anti-emetic medication IS an option, but could cause sedation in the baby. And that the epidural is generally much more effective in dealing with excessive vomiting (which was true in my case, but kind of misses the point of what I'm trying to achieve). The other medical option is to have IV fluids, like I did with my previous birth, and just bear with it.
So, given that the medical options are not particularly attractive, what else would you suggest?
Note that I will be delivering at the same hospital, and they are pretty much
open to all alternative treatment options, as long as the baby is not in
danger. They also encourage eating and drinking during labor and have
lots of options available for non-medical pain management (motion balls,
therapeutic baths). I will also be assisted by the same doula, who is also researching for solutions on her side.
Thanks a lot!