I signed a consent form for my c/s, but it certainly did not list any risks of the procedure. It was a very general surgery type form. It didn't list any of the risks that I now know today.
Originally Posted by wifeandmom
Anyhow, I'm really curious as to why a woman desiring a natural birth with no interventions would WANT an OB to deliver her in the first place. Even the most low intervention doc is going to do things you won't likely see in other settings. If you truly don't want an IV, continous monitoring, blah blah blah....why on earth would you go to the hospital in the first place? That makes no sense to me. Kind of like going to a Mexican restaraunt and demanding spaghetti, then being royally pi$$ed off when they tell you that's not what they serve.
Because it's the only option fiscally available to her? There are lots of women out there that do not have health coverage for midwives (CNM or otherwise) or birth centers AND do not have the resources available to be able to go out of that network. How about the underserved areas of the country where midwife/birth center options are not available? How about in states where DEM licensure has been heavily lobbied against by the AMA or the ACOG?
How about the simple fact that the EVERY WOMAN has the LEGAL RIGHT to refuse any procedure (IV, CEFM, etc) and that the EMTLA states that hospitals have to "treat" her.
|Work to change the system...that would be an EXCELLENT plan, however in the meantime, you have to make your birthing choices based on the REALITY of today. And the REALITY is you are not very likely to have a natural, unmedicated, no intervention birth at most hospitals across this country. Right or wrong, it's the way it is, and stomping your feet, demanding instant change to all you disagree with is incredibly unlikely to work, not to mention VERY likely to stress mom out considerably.
It is not the pregnant or laboring woman's job to make the hospitals/nurses/doctors/anesthesiologists job easier. Nor is it her job to "work within the system" or the "reality" of today. Seriously...she is the one paying here, it's her body, and she has the right to demand whatever she wants regardless of a hospital's policy - again, that's her LEGAL RIGHT!
That doesn't mean that women shouldn't be well informed about the birth climate - it certainly will ease any stress she may have when faced with a difficult birthing situation, but she can't wait for the legislature to figure it out or the hospital administration (every doctor's and nurse's favorite scapegoat) to change. She has to work with her particular situation. I for one am not going to say that the only way women can have low-interventive births is by avoiding the hospital - that has got to be the WORST suggestion I have ever seen someone give regarding this issue.
|Figure out what kind of birth you want, and do it in a place that is most likely to respect those wishes. Doesn't mean we shouldn't advocate for change within the current system, but don't expect instant results.
Why not expect results in your situation? It's YOUR body, it's YOUR baby, and it's YOUR birth - no one should be able to tell you what to do, plain and simple. As individuals we have got to stand up and say ENOUGH!
(Side note: I take issue with a couple of places where you state that the OB "allowed" a mom to do something. If anything, it's the mom who's allowing the doctor to assist her with the birth of her baby.)