Originally Posted by lillymonster
Ithe midwife said that if I go past 41 weeks, the OBs would want to induce me.
I think the way she phrased this
is really key. (If those were indeed her exact words.)
She didn't say, "You will
She didn't say, "We
will want to induce you."
She didn't say, "You should be
Because she said, "The OBs will want
to induce you," she could ALSO be communicating to you, "But I don't personally agree with it."
what one of my MWs did at Upper Chesapeake. Their policy is when you hit 41W, twice-weekly NST + AFI. Then routine induction if you make it to 42W. She was doing my 2nd AFI when I was there at 41W3D & she said, "So are you going to let us induce you on Monday?" (When I'd be 42W 0D).Before I could even reply,
she says, "I went to 43W with one of mine and it was fine." with a very chill sorta tone like that was the end of the discussion.
Again, note that she said, "So are you going to let us
?" Not, "You need to go schedule your induction."
& the fact that she said "and it was fine" tells me she personally disagrees
with routine induction at 42W.
I have to respect the fact that she has to follow "hospital protocols" to a certain degree - but I ADORE HER for the fact that she "told" me, in so many words, that she disagrees. & she reinforced the fact that she understands this is my decision
So, just something to bear in mind. Sorry, I don't know tons about MD General in particular. But a HCP who phrases things like that instead of phrasing things as if they were simply undeniable fact, ("We need to induce you.") is a great thing, in my book.
How much "oversight" do the OBs really have on the MWs? I asked mine that at first & she said I'd never see an OB at all unless something went wrong. That was the case for me.
Another friend of mine was pushing over 2 hours & somehow the on-call OB knew that & was sticking his head in (maybe saying things like 'vacuum' or "CS"). The MW actually chased him out saying, "He's crowning, get out!" (A TOTAL LIE - again, love those chicks.)
So while hospital-based MWs do have to 'play nice' with OBs & hospital policies to a certain extent, they also can support & 'protect' us too. IF your MWs are the kind, like mine, to support your autonomous decision making & protect you from unwanted OB oversight, then that's a big point in their favor. Just because OBs may want
to interfere, I wouldn't hold it against the MWs too much.