Natural Childbirth Pain Relief Hillsborough NC

When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, while on the other hand, her mother, an ob-gyn nurse, had shared enough experiences of complications from medical interventions, especially epidurals.

Karen Lynn Lee, MD
(919) 966-2561
2400 Uphill Ct
Hillsborough, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1998

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John Tunnicliff Soper, MD
(919) 684-3765
PO Box 3079
Durham, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1978

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Peter Scott Cartwright, MD
(615) 327-6109
Durham, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1977

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Kavita Nanda, MD
508 Fulton St
Durham, NC
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1990

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Bertram Emmanuel Walls, MD
(910) 323-4155
1 Chevoit Ct
Durham, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Med Center, Fayetteville, Nc
Group Practice: Valley Women's Ctr Inc

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Stephen Mitchell Scott, MD
(877) 751-1157
PO Box 61179
Durham, NC
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1992

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David Keith Walmer, MD
(919) 684-6425
PO Box 3143
Durham, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1983

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Raymond Todd Foster, MD
1300 Morreene Rd
Durham, NC
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 2000

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Grace Marie Couchman, MD
4003 Kildrummy Dr
Durham, NC
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1985

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Durham, NC
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Epidural Alternatives

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By Diana Reynolds Roome

When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, and the “horrible, painful” birth stories her friends told made her think twice. On the other hand, her mother, an ob-gyn nurse, had shared enough experiences of complications from medical interventions, especially epidurals, that “getting a needle put in my back scared me more than giving birth,” says Lund.

The Conventional Rx: Hospital birthing centers frequently administer pain medications through an epidural, which is a regional anesthesia injected through a catheter into the spine. Though effective
in reducing the pain of contractions, side effects—such as dizziness, fever, headache, and occasionally more serious complications—often outweigh the benefits. What’s more, an epidural can actually slow labor by inhibiting the natural production of birthing hormones, requiring manual intervention such as forceps or a vacuum to extract the baby.

The Alternative Rx: Self-hypnosis. With the help of Fay Kelly, a childbirth educator and hypnotherapist in San Mateo, California, Lund learned to welcome rather than fear the powerful energy that comes into play when labor starts. She and her husband practiced breathing techniques and rainbow meditation, a relaxation practice that involves focusing on colors. Soon Lund could identify the muscles and hormones that power the birthing process, and Kelly taught her visualization techniques she could use during labor to stimulate the hormones that soften and dilate the cervix. “Through self-relaxation and hypnosis techniques, you can coax your uterine muscles to let go instead of pushing,” says Kelly.

The outcome: When labor began, Lund stayed relaxed and in control. And her meditation and visualization training paid off: Lund’s labor totaled seven hours—much fewer than the average 12—with only 12 minutes in the hospital delivery room and no drugs or epidural. Her baby, Ricky, arrived calm and alert.
—Diana Reynolds Roome

Author: Diana Reynolds Roome

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