re: breech birth hospital based options
Originally Posted by imnottelling
She goes to Kathy already
Evelyn doesn't deliver breeches in hospitals (as far as I understand it when I had a breech baby last year with her).
And if she decides a C-section is her only option she'll consider (
) what reading recommendations do you have for her? She has not prepared herself at all regarding a C-section. She's been hoping for an intervention free birth the whole time. But there is only so far she'd go, and I think traveling to DC to try for a vaginal delivery is beyond where she is right now in her mind.
(Any local osteopath recommendations?)
After she makes the calls to U of MD midiwives, MD General, and Upper Chesapeake please let me know the results so I can keep a file on this for ICAN inquiries. Again, the only names passed along to me during my last search for an inquiry were in the DC area.
For UCMC, she can contact me at ICANofBaltimore @ Comcast.net for the contact email for the doula who does the most births there and will be able to shed some insight.
In terms of preparation for a planned c/s, she is welcome to contact me to discuss options. She can also spend some time on the national website ican--online.org and on the Baltimore one icanofbaltimore.org where she can download a sample c/s birth plan. The plan isn't meant to be used in its entirety but rather to use it as a tool to figure out what is most important to you. I feel that ALL moms should have a c/s birth plan ready just in case. Learned this myself the hard way.
I don't have a recommendation for the best place or the best caregiver to have one's c/s. We assume that having an uneventful recovery is based on a mixture of surgical skill, age of the mother and her genetic tendency as to whether she heals well or builds a lot of adhesions. Also add in how gentle she is with her body during recovery - getting the help of a postpartum doula - not lifting anything more than her baby (no lifting the baby in his carseat, no carrying loads of laundry, no carrying bags of groceries) for as long as possible. Some women feel that acupuncture can help the healing process and we do have a local acupuncturist who will make home visits for post-cesarean moms. The mom can contact me for info on that as well.
For the best location the only thing that comes to mind is to inquire with the state health dept. regarding the hospital's infection rates. Also, the cesarean deaths we've had recently have been Franklin Square, GBMC, and Carroll County. Another death was associated with Anne Arundel Medical Center but the mom had been home a week and died of a blood clot. The breech mom would have to consider whether AAMC's postpartum approach to preventing and educating mothers about blood clots was sufficient. The family of that victim definitely feels that the education on the warning signs and their serious nature was lacking.