Originally Posted by AllyRae
Ahh, but my risks *shouldn't* have gone up...
It seems so freaking WRONG that in a country with a 30% c-section rate, with women being sectioned cause it's quitting time, etc etc etc...
That something like this would even happen AT ALL. It is horrifying that they would ignore HOURS of decels without even calling the doctor. We get so used to hearing that docs section mom at the first little blip, real or imagined, then something like this happens.
The hospital I delivered my twin girls in was much like this. They protected their less than 10% section rate like it was SO much more important than, oh, I don't know...actually worrying about the BABIES in question.
It should not be so hard in this day and age, with all the medical knowledge that we possess, to find a hospital that will intervene without hesitation when it is NECESSARY, but will allow nature to do its thing otherwise. Why is this such an elusive thing?
As for the risk with ruptured membranes when you're already on antibiotics for GBS, I really don't know the answer to that one. What you say makes sense, assuming of course that the antibiotics routinely given to GBS+ moms is a broad enough spectrum to cover whatever infections they are afriad of after the membranes are ruptured for more than 24 hours.
I've never thought about it really, but it makes me wonder if this is the case, would it not be possible to give moms an antibiotic after 24 hours of ruptured membranes instead of automatically going to pit? Of course, the antibiotics have risks too, and honestly, around here, you don't make it 24 hours (ruptured membranes or not) without pit if you aren't dilating 'fast enough'. Once you get to 4cm, it's 1cm per hour or out comes the pit.
Nowhere that DH has worked L&D is it typical to NOT have pit during labor. He says usually the only women who DON'T get it are the ones who show up 6cm+ dilated and get to 10cm in less than a couple of hours tops. Otherwise, it's almost as routine as putting in an IV. Sad, isn't it?