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Gill09876
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How effective is diamorphine in labour?

Dec 3rd, 2016, 09:15 AM   #1
 
Hi

My second child is due in seven weeks. With my first Daughter I was given gas and air, pethadine and then an epidural.

Could I ask how effective it would be if I was to have diamorphine? What would I still be able to feel in labour. I'm hoping for an epidural again, it's just if things progressed quickly.

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Dec 5th, 2016, 13:22 PM   #2
 
I had diamorphine with gas and air (even though I wasn't intending to!!) and I still felt everything. I just makes you feel calmer I think. It didn't numb anything for me. If (and that's a huge if!!!) I had another I would definitely have diamorphine again x
 
 

 
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Dec 5th, 2016, 15:57 PM   #3
 
I don't know how effective it is in labour but I had it for my stitching after third degree tear along with spinal block and all I remember is the day after it made me itch like mad and that made me mad as hell!


 
 
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Dec 5th, 2016, 19:08 PM   #4
 
From what I gather some people love it some people hate it. It can make you feel great, or just kind of sick and dizzyand still in pain. I have a friend who had it during her difficult labour and she loved it. Her baby ended up in distress and had problems breathing when born though which could have been connected to the diamorphine.
 
 

 
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Dec 7th, 2016, 19:10 PM   #5
 
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From what I gather some people love it some people hate it. It can make you feel great, or just kind of sick and dizzyand still in pain. I have a friend who had it during her difficult labour and she loved it. Her baby ended up in distress and had problems breathing when born though which could have been connected to the diamorphine.


Did she by any chance have the drip too ? as that could contribute to it too...


 
 
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Dec 7th, 2016, 20:56 PM   #6
 
I had it with my first but had an induction which was a very fast painful labour. Although at the time it was a god send and allowed me to sleep but looking back I actually regret it because I can barely remember anything just the stick out things during labour.

This time I went into labour myself and actually put no diamorphine or pethidine. I wanted as natural labour as poss and luckily managed the last part on g&a only.

This time I remember every detail of my labour and healed etc just to same so I'm glad I went without. I think just see how you go as said at the time I loved it just not so much looking back plus I've read can slow labour and make baby drowsy. Didn't in my case. He did sleep but he was jaundice so could have been either.

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Dec 7th, 2016, 21:44 PM   #7
 
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From what I gather some people love it some people hate it. It can make you feel great, or just kind of sick and dizzyand still in pain. I have a friend who had it during her difficult labour and she loved it. Her baby ended up in distress and had problems breathing when born though which could have been connected to the diamorphine.


Did she by any chance have the drip too ? as that could contribute to it too...

I don't actually know, she could have done.
 
 

 
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Dec 10th, 2016, 21:46 PM   #8
 
I am requesting no diamorphine as last time i felt horrendous for 7 days, barely remebered a thing and could barely string a sentence together!
 
 

 
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 20:44 PM   #9
 
Omg where are you getting given diamorphine in labour?!! Diamorphine is heroin! x
 
 
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 21:48 PM   #10
 
I had diamorphine when I had my son. Made me very sleepy and even though I was only sleeping for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time, it felt like I'd been asleep for hours!!

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Jan 2nd, 2017, 22:21 PM   #11
 
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Omg where are you getting given diamorphine in labour?!! Diamorphine is heroin! x
Diamorphine is commonly used for labour in the UK and some other countries. It is closely related to heroin which is a bit of a scary thought but then pretty much any drug given in labour is potentially pretty nasty if you look into it, including the drugs in an epidural. Ideally it is better for the health of mother and baby to have a drug free labour but its good to have options available when they are needed.
 
 

 
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Jan 2nd, 2017, 22:24 PM   #12
 
Any UK hospital if needed. It's given for pain relief either for post surgical procedures, palliative care and labour.

It was given to me injection to the butt. Worked within minutes and I was asleep.

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Jan 4th, 2017, 11:47 AM   #13
 
I have just given birth in December and had this as a pain relief whilst in labour before 7cm and it just took the edge off. However combined with gas and air it's amazing!! I had both of them from 7cm onwards and that's all I needed but you need them both together as it's not really effective on it's on! Hope this helps xx
 
 
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Jan 5th, 2017, 19:59 PM   #14
 
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I had it with my first but had an induction which was a very fast painful labour. Although at the time it was a god send and allowed me to sleep but looking back I actually regret it because I can barely remember anything just the stick out things during labour.

Exactly this. I had the hormone drip to speed up labour and it was excruciating. After having the diamorphine I fell asleep for a few hours which was bliss. But I don't remember being there having my daughter...I remember it happened, but I don't remember being in the moment, the feelings I had, when I seen my baby for the first time.



 
 

 
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Jan 5th, 2017, 21:51 PM   #15
 
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I had it with my first but had an induction which was a very fast painful labour. Although at the time it was a god send and allowed me to sleep but looking back I actually regret it because I can barely remember anything just the stick out things during labour.

Exactly this. I had the hormone drip to speed up labour and it was excruciating. After having the diamorphine I fell asleep for a few hours which was bliss. But I don't remember being there having my daughter...I remember it happened, but I don't remember being in the moment, the feelings I had, when I seen my baby for the first time.


Luckily OH was with me and remembers everything but like that I just remember seeing Jackson being panicky afterwards and then that's it. When I had the diamorphine I went right to sleep which was brilliant but second labour being in the pool and only gas and air at the end was much better. Remember everything. Even what the mws were saying to each other during hand over hahaha.

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