I'm 27 weeks pregnant and starting to gather needed supplies for my birth. My midwife does not carry pitocin, so I must go to a doctor to get a prescription for it. She said I just need to do the minimum checkup he will allow for him to be comfortable writing me a prescription. She is referring me to a "friendly" doctor, or ob, I don't really know what he is.
I will do this gladly, but I have a few concerns. One being that the doctor doesn't want to write me a prescription for it- we aren't positive they will feel comfortable doing this, two being that I am already being taken care of by my midwife and I have had all the prenatal care and testing I need done, three being that it will cost money to see the doctor and money for the pitocin prescription (no idea how much).
My midwife does not carry pitocin because she has never used it, or needed to. She carries shepard's purse, and angelica? (the one for placenta release). I am the one who wants there to be pitocin. However, I am keen to avoid it. I will try whatever natural remedies we can should I be hemorrhaging, and use pitocin if we must.
Here is where I am being silly. This is my first pregnancy, there is no need to assume I am going to bleed to death while giving birth. I am taking alfalfa, I was taking one twice a day (since 20 weeks or so), but we have now upped it to two twice a day. I also eat two eggs every day, and try to get dark greens daily. I should have adequate vitamin K in my diet, and we are going to be adding actual vitamin K supplements towards the end of my pregnancy. Vitamin K helping with blood clotting of course.
Some of my concern comes from my mother having severe postpartum hemorrhage. She had it with me, and worse with my sister, so both her births. This is also why my mother was concerned about me having a homebirth. However, we both admit that it's possible she wouldn't have dealt with that if she wasn't induced.
My midwife is not concerned and does not believe I need pitocin, but wants me to feel safe so she's helping me get it.
What experiences have you guys had? Do you think I'm being silly to go to extra trouble getting pitocin I probably don't need? Would you still feel safe if your midwife didn't have pitocin on hand?