More women should endure the agony of labour because pain-relieving drugs, including epidural injections, carry serious medical risks, diminish childbirth as a rite of passage and undermine the mother\’s bond with her child.
These claims from Dr Denis Walsh, one of the country\’s most influential midwives, have prompted a furious reaction, with other experts saying he has exaggerated the risks of having an epidural. Official figures show that the number of mothers-to-be who receive an epidural, general or spinal anaesthetic has soared in recent years to 36.5%.
Walsh, a senior midwife and associate professor in midwifery at Nottingham University, argues that many women avoid experiencing the discomfort of childbirth because hospital maternity staff are too quick to offer an epidural or agree to a woman in labour\’s request for a pain-killing injection in her back to ease her suffering.
\”A large number of women want to avoid pain. Some just don\’t fancy the pain [of childbirth]. More women should be prepared to withstand pain,\” he told the Observer. \”Pain in labour is a purposeful, useful thing, which has quite a number of benefits, such as preparing a mother for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.\”
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and
thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
Is strict Biblical Christianity alive and well and hiding in midwifery?