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Altiva during child birth

Hello,

I am a few weeks away from giving birth to our first child, and we recently had the hospital visit. While we were there, we learned of a pain medication given to woman during birth called, Altiva (I am not sure if I am spelling this correctly or not). I have never heard of it prior to the Midwife discussing it and I have not been able to find much information on the internet about the drugs safety.
If anyone has used it or has information about the drug's safety on the baby, I would appreciate your feedback.
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Re: Altiva during child birth

I think you mean Ultiva?

That's what they gave me during my son's birth in August here in CH.

I'm healthy and so is the baby, but I felt really knocked out for several weeks after the birth, like I'd been in a war.

Not sure if this feeling was just the effect of the childbirth or the drug or both. But it made me dizzy and drowsy during the birth. It is an opiate. The pain relief is minimal, in that you cannot relax and have a conversation with your partner, for example. Still, it's better than nothing.
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It is an opiate.
Opiates are evil! …. Get an eipidural.
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Re: Altiva during child birth

Most of these meds make your pelvis area numb for a long time after birth.
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Re: Altiva during child birth

I used it during the birth of my first child 10 months ago. Yes, it makes you a bit foggy, but from what i understand, it affects the process of labour much less than an epidural. You can still move around, you can still have a conversation, you can still listen to your body and push when you need to. You are in control with how much you use, but the midwives will monitor you regularly as well. It definitely helped with the pain, but obviously childbirth is not painless. I honestly thought it was wonderful. I knew i couldn't do it without any painkillers, but i really didn't want an epidural. This was the best option for me by far!
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Most of these meds make your pelvis area numb for a long time after birth.
Have you used most of these meds, Nadia?
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Re: Altiva during child birth

I also used this drug nicknamed 'happy button' at the hospital I was at. I actually wanted an epidural but couldn't due to bad timing. My experience was very good with Ultiva. As Tschussli said, you are in control. There is still pain, but definitely not so much. I was a bit drowsy at some point and felt like falling asleep a few times almost, but the midwife takes care of you. My baby and I had no problems and I was able to walk straight after the birth. I would personally use it again but everyone's experience is different.
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Re: Altiva during child birth

I believe I had that. Happy button opiate, felt like I had hit a rave party. I did not want an epidural (first birth was with no medication at all and I'm friggin' scared of needles in my back!) but felt I couldn't handle this 2nd birth without pain relievers. I LOVED it lol. Sure, my partner thought I was gonna fall off the table and I laughed like a drunkard from being "high" but I really liked the feeling and they stop the product 30-45 min before birth to affect the baby less (they try to guess when baby is actually coming). I didn't realise this so I kept hitting the button and saying I don't think it's working anymore LOL.

Baby had a fine APGAR score, up to 9 for the last number (what is it? after 10min?) not sure if that's due to the opiate or not. He took the breast well, he was fine, I was fine.

This was at Zollikerberg spital.
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Re: Altiva during child birth

Thank you for sharing your experiences with Ultiva, and shedding some light on how you felt during and after labor. I really appreciate it!
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Ultiva is the brand name for 'remifentanil'.

Doig a quick scan, and from what I know from having three kids, it's a very fast acting opiod. You will be connected to a drip/IV to use it, and it will be controlled so you don't get a massive dose all at once...

I can imagine this is preferable to an injection of pethadine (morphine) that I had during the birth of my first child, which sent me off my face for 2-3 hours...

Given my previous experience with opioids, I would expect this is a better option, and far less complicated than having an epidural.

I had two births with epidural and my third one was unmedicated. If I knew what I know now, I would probably be inclined to go with the newer option of Ultiva rather than take on the risks of the epidural... And be aware that birth is a 'marathon' not a sprint... Especially the first one! My shortest was 5-6 hours (the third) and my first two were officially 12-14 hours...

Ps. Also experienced sleepiness/drowsiness with my third birth, in between contractions...and that was with only natural endorphins... I have also had that experience during a nasty procedure at the dentist. I suspect it may be a natural response to severe pain/coping mechanism...

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