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Today I am here to let you know that the choice is yours! The choice is yours to have control over your life. There are so many instances in our lives where we feel like we don’t have control, but I want you to know that even when it feels like you have no choice there is a door that you can open to regain control. There are too many different instances that we could discuss, but today I want to touch base on one very important topic for women. Today we are going to talk about Opioids and Childbirth.
The Choices Matter Campaign: Opioids in Childbirth
Thanks to Moms Meet I learned all about The Choices Matter Campaign which is all about knowing that opioids in childbirth are a problem and you can help to fix this problem. This campaign is all about giving you a voice and knowing that you have an option when it comes to managing pain after surgery. I will stand up today and say that opioids were present during/after both of my children’s births. I did not question it because, once I trust my doctor, I tend to just go with what they tell me is the best option.
I was not versed in the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with opioids. With my first child I went home with Tylenol-Codeine. That was my saving grace because it made it so that I could go back to a “normal” life after giving my child up for adoption. The medicine made it possible for me to keep pushing through my daily routine. During that childbirth I was completely put under and I assume I was on a form of opioid in the hospital, however, I am not sure that I ever even asked what medications I was put on.
My second birth, the birth of my son, I know that I was on morphine during the C-section so that I could be awake, though I was very, very loopy and there are holes in my memory that morning. Thankfully I do remember the important parts of the day. I also know that they eased me off of the morphine that first day in the hospital and by the time I went home I was no longer on any form of opioid. My doctor sent me home with just Tylenol and Ibuprofen. There was nothing special about them; they were the same stuff you can buy over the counter. I will admit that not being on the Tylenol-Codeine did mean for a rougher recovery, but I would not change that for anything.
I am 1 of the 51% who had opioids in childbirth.
Here I am speaking out because I never knew these statistics. I never knew I wasn’t alone and I did not know that I could discuss pain options with my doctor ahead of time. I wish I had discussed them with my doctor before my C-section, but I do know that I will discuss my options with my doctor before we have our next child. I want to know my options and I want to know that I am getting the best care and that my child will not be at risk from any of the medications that I am given before, during or after birth. This is because I know that it is my choice. It is my choice to not have opioids in childbirth and it is your choice to have them or not have them.
All I hope that you get from this post is the knowledge that you are not alone. If you feel like you want someone to talk to, feel free to leave a comment below or email me because I would hate for you to feel alone! And, if you need more information about non-opioid options, visit www.planagainstpain.com.