I spent from 28 weeks on ( when I was diagnosed with PIH) reading these boards and freaking out about how bad my hospital experience was going to be...how awful the nurses would be, about how I'd probably wind up with a section, etc.
And, while I won't argue that our system is greatly flawed, because it truly is- but I had a great experience that I'm thankful for every single day. There are practitioners out there who while they mostly ascribe to the medical model, do really try to help moms have the birth experience they want. My CNM was fantastic, and warned me of all of the possible complications ( which I knew anyway, as soon as I got the diagnosis I was all over the internet researching)..but she knew I'd originally been hoping for a water birth. Many obs would have induced with how my pressure was running but we waited it out and I went in 2, sometimes 3x a week at the end..many times she'd say lets just wait another day or two, see what happens. It ended up my membranes started to rupture and I went into labor on my own!
So, yes, I had an internal monitor, and yes I had pit. It sucked. But my beautiful daughter was born without complication after 5 pushes, with the help of a great midwife and several Labor nurses who worked very hard to help her descend after she got stuck, all to avoid a c-section. My pressure ( thankfully) didn't spike higher, I was up and moving and feeling fantastic mere hours later. Thankfully I can say that not all L/D nurses and ob practitioners are racing to schedule births, and rush to sections at the first sign of anything abnormal.
Sometimes our ' system' works, when used correctly
..as 'intervention only if needed'.