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    Find out what other moms-to-be are asking. Join in the discussion with Henci Goer, whose expertise is determining what the research tells us best promotes safe, healthy birth. If you would like to contact Henci outside of the Ask Henci forum, send an email to Goersitemail@aol.com.

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    I live in a Brigham City, UT and I am due with my fourth child.  With the first 3 pregnancies I have had epidural's and 2 out of the 3 did not work.  My epidural scared both my husband and myself and we would like to avoid  that option if possible.  The problem is I feel in order to do this I need knowledge about the other options out there.  I've looked into classes and nothing is offered with in 30 minutes of me.  When I did finally find something the nearest thing was the Bradley Method Classes and after class fees, babysitting, & gas we would be paying $500 dollars just to take classes.  I found a Lamaze class but they were even farther and unreachable. 

    Do you have any suggestions - I'm beginning to feel fustrated and a little overwhelmed.

    Henci Goer

    I have two things to suggest: Penny Simkin's book the Birth Partner, which will give your partner all kinds of strategies to help you attain your goal of avoiding pain medication, and hire a doula, which will provide you someone trained in labor support skills to be with you and your partner throughout labor. You can find out more about doulas as well as locate a certified doula at these websites: http://dona.org/ and http://www.cappa.net/. Hiring a doula will be more expensive, of course, but many doulas will negotiate with couples in financial need, e.g. discounts, time payments, barter. I hope this helps.

    -- Henci


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