Originally Posted by freebirth2
It seems like most transfers are not are real true emergency, and alot of them was because women became impatient. All the uc transfers I have read were not true emergency's.
We just had a recent UC transfer posted here that involved pre-eclampsia. I guess you missed that? She listened to her body, noticed that something was incredibly wrong during her labor, and got help. She likely saved her own life and the life of her baby, by getting medication before seizures (eclampsia) started up. Frankly, I'd call that a true emergency, even if it didn't result in crash C-section. And please don't start up with "more protein in the diet" stuff... whether that works or not (and that's highly debateable), it doesn't help when you're in labor with pre-e. At that point, it's too late. And yes, pre-e can persist after the baby is born if mom isn't treated. A friend of mine was hospitalized with pre-e a week after her baby was born. She had pre-e at the time of birth, but no one had noticed the very obvious signs (mainly because she has very low bp normally, so they didn't pay attention to the very-high-for-her bp readings that were still under 140/90
If a woman chooses to transfer, then that's probably what's right for her in her situation. There's nothing wrong with transferring to a hospital. No, it's not fun or ideal, but sometimes it is necessary for that birth. And while you might be thinking they're just going to torture any woman that enters the hospital, most hospitals are actually not THAT bad. Believe me - I had to be in one, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd thought it would be after all the reading I'd done. I'd read the hospital horror stories mostly and was scared to death of hospitals, but my hospital (even with it's 90% epidural rate) was not a horror story at all. And I still got a drug-free vaginal birth.
Could I have stayed home? Yes, and my baby might have died because he was very preterm. I made the choice that was right for us, and had a healthy baby because of that choice. I'm thankful I had a hospital available to me when I needed it. And I didn't have time to talk to my baby and ask him not to come early - my family has SHORT labors, and mine was 2.5 hours total. Do I plan to birth in a hospital again? Hopefully I won't have to. So far, I'm 2 weeks past when my DS decided to come, so I'm optimistic.
But if I need it again, it's there, and I've got a good OB lined up and can have a wonderful birth.
If I were having a long labor, I wouldn't transfer just because it's long, but if my body said to transfer - ie, either something was wrong or I was just in sheer exhaustion, it doesn't matter how long it's been. I'd go if my body said to go. As a PP said, I wouldn't say "I'll transfer after ___ amount of hours". That's silly. But if you're having a long labor (and the definition of long for various women will differ, usually based on how hard that labor is), and you feel you need help, don't be afraid to get it. And if you look inside you and decide that you CAN do it at home, then do it at home. But the important thing to do is to listen to your body - whether it tells you to go to the hospital or stay at home.