|Unforgettable alum Daya Vaidya, husband, daughter Leela, 3, and twin boys Jai & Dav|
I’m Daya’s sister, so let me set the record straight about her allergies. She IS allergic to Fentanyl and went into shock when given it in 2003 and almost died- trust me it was scary. She is also VERY sensitive and has reactions to any opiate pain reliever she’s been given.
When pregnant with the twins she discussed her allergies at length with her perinatal SPECIALIST (one of the best in the country actually) and had consultations with the OB anesthesiologist and yes they said this allergy is rare and yes they can give an epidural without it, BUT they agreed to not chance it if Daya felt comfortable proceeding without an epidural and was willing to go under general anesthesia if an emergency occurred.
Daya knows her body and knew it could be fine, but instinctively felt an epidural would be bad for her. We’ll never know if it would’ve caused a reaction, but why take that chance? Especially when it’s not dangerous to have twins naturally, unless your OB isn’t experienced in natural and breech twin delivery- which her OB was – very experienced.
I watched the boys being born and Dev (baby b) was a breech extraction and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever witnessed. My sister worked very hard to have this birth drug free and that’s what was right for her. With most other OB’s, it would’ve been an immediate C-section, but b/c her OB could deliver breech and he knew Daya’s strong wishes, he was able to deliver both boys naturally. I was by her side for the whole thing and it was amazing!