Originally Posted by courtenay_e
Am I the only one who noticed that she was induced? Come on, ladies. Let's go get a pit induction! Then we can get an epidural 'cause the pit cxt are evil. It's just so much more conVIEnient to choose your baby's birth day with an induction...
Sorry but they don't DO that at home, and yes, homebirths are statistically as safe or safer for normal healthy moms. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that, for most HIGH risk births, home birth is as safe as hospital birth, because interventions aren't there to put the baby at further risk.
I'm sorry, though. This was a well educated couple. I put SOME of the blame on them. I don't want to sound hard hearted, because it's an awful tragedy. However, you are going to have needles and major MAJOR drugs put into your body, and you DON'T KNOW OR CARE ABOUT the RISKS? I'm sorry, but there's a reason that the page you sign when you give consent is so full of very fine print. THere's a reason the line you sign says that you've asked all the questions you have and that those questions have been answered to your satisfaction. Because you have a responsibility to KNOW the risks, and to weigh them versus the benefits. She was a normal, healthy, low risk mom. Why was she being induced? It was an unnecessary induction, an unnecessary epidural. Yes, the hospital should have been more careful about the sterile field. But if she hadn't been administered the pit, would she have needed the epidural? If she hadn't chosen the epidural, would she have gotten meningitis?
I'm sorry, but my husband had major abdominal surgery and his wound was infected by a hospital strain strep. Having surgery in a major hospital brings that risk. You can get it from the sheets, from a bandage...even bleach and antimicrobal cleaners don't kill these bugs. It's a risk you take with surgery. My husband had another surgery in his abdomen where we asked over and over and OVER again whether it would affect his fertility, as we would have saved sperm if it would. We were told no, that it wouldn't affect his fertility. So, we felt fine reading all the risks on the paper, not finding fertility, and signing the informed consent feeling like we were informed (it was a life saving surgery, so the risks listed were definately worth the benefit of his survival. However, the docs lied to us about the risk of infertility, as they really believed that he was going to die anyway, and it wouldn't be an issue. Well, he lived. We were as informed as we could be, and very unhappy about the results. However, this was a life or death procedure. Julies was NOT. Her's was a convenience procedure.
Sorry mamas. I really agree with homebirth, too, and this is just one more reason. I mean, in general, homebirth midwives just don't advocate convenience inductions or running away from the work of childbirth, so this wouldn't have happened at home. But, they were obviously too mainstream to be using a homebirth midwife. So, where do we go from here? Education. The hospitals ARE NOT going to give full education about inductions, epidurals, and c-sections. They are what make the hospitals and the doctors the big bucks. And they ARE in existance to make money. We really need to have more NON hospital birthing classes around. We need to make them commonplace, with all the real info about all the interventions that take place in hospitals. We need to challenge the status quo, and make mainstream women question interventions too.
I see this a less of a homebirth issue and more of an education towards evidence based medicine issue. And the only way we'll get more education is if we call for it. So, are we going to see this as a call to action? I hope so. I really do. SOrry to be so intense...can you tell I'm passionate about this?...