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Date Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012, 06:51: pm
To Laura...No matter the doctor who is on call, you have the right to refuse an enema. You can refuse your husband's encouragement, too. However, if you feel that having an enema would make you more comfortable during delivery, you also have the right to say yes. And you also have the right to ask your husband to wait outside the room while you are getting the enema. If he won't listen to you, the nurses will do the asking for you!!
Most younger women today skip the enema, and they do just fine. Past generations of women in labor often had no choice. You do.
Personally, I take enemas for health reasons (they can feel good as well). However, if I were in labor today, I'd probably pass on the enema. I had a SSE enema with my oldest, who's now 26, and it wasn't pleasant. I skipped the enema three years later with my youngest.
Remember, your choice. You're the one having the baby, not them. Blessings to you and Godspeed.
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