Originally Posted by AnastasiaM
I asked about the rate last appointment, and the midwife told me that for the midwives, the rate is more like 15% for a first baby, and after you have one vaginal birth, that goes way down.
I'm sorry, I know you are feeling much better about your decision and that is good - but this rate is just false info. I don't know where she pulled this % from because it is very far off. Which midwife, can I ask? I've been there many times, mostly with women who are planning 'natural' births'. I really wish women would ask all of us doulas who attend births there enough to know a little (from an OUTSIDER's perspective). Many of us see quite a different story for our clients. And maybe we aren't doing a good enough job telling women the truth either b/c of a lack of a great hospital option in this area. Yes, the midwives can be great, I really like a few of them alot. And I have had a few smooth unmedicated births happen there. But also a lot of unplanned medicated ones and unplanned cesareans. But the hospital overall has a 96% epidural rate, I've heard training nurses tell this stat consistently to trainee nurses three different times. And the midwives attend a good chunk of births there actually. The birthing suites are rarely even used, and it seems such a bizarre thing to request when going into triage and you thought it would be much easier to just go in there with your shift midwife and have a baby without medication. It just doesn't look like that very often. It can, but it is NOT the norm. Not even for the midwife patients as they are led to believe. One midwife not too long ago said to me (after my client ended up with an epidural and was sleeping due to not being allowed in the birthing suites) that unfortunately most of their patients are ending up with epidurals and pitocin at some point, too, although they really try to prevent it. I asked why and she said sadly because of high rate of inductions or if that is avoided, women coming in to the hospital not really in a good active labor yet.
My advice as always is hire a doula. We can try to help you avoid both of those things from happening. In the end, though, it is your birth, your choices, your path! And I want people to be at peace with their choices of birth location and care provider, as always, but I just hate when women are lied to or led to believe their pregnancy and birth experience will most likely be what she wants when statistically, that is so far off from the truth. I'm tired of clients saying to me afterwards, "I just really wanted to believe xyz" or "I thought if I had the midwives there, that it'd be fine..." or things like that. Frustrating.