Frogertgrl - It was a horrible experience, and I am aware of how over-used it is. It's just one more reason for my almost pathological distrust of the medical community in general. Avoiding the pit, and avoiding the bs they put my daughter through in the NICU. Standard hospital policy for c-section babies, regardless of how they are thriving
. She had 9's on both her apgars due, I think, to not having been drugged up for very long (she was born about 5 minutes after they gave me the spinal).
But they were concerned about her blood sugar levels. Duh, I hadn't had anything to eat for over 8 hours (my mom snuck a grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread and some cookies to me a couple hours before going on the pit. Yum!), had been through an exhausting labor, only to be cut open! And she hadn't had a chance to nurse yet. Of course her blood sugar was low (on the low end of Normal I might add!). But they stuck her in the NICU, pumped her full of antibiotics (just in case), fed her formula (they had to get something in her
), and pricked her poor little heels so often she came home with huge bruises on them!
We had a very rough time starting nursing. Only sheer persitence, lots of familial support, and eventually a very expensive, not insurance covered lactation consultant made it possible. I am proud to say that, over two years later, we're still nursing.
All of these things, I trace back to the pitocin. That and stupid hospital policy.
its_our_family - I found it was pretty easy to bring DH on board when I gave him article after article, website after website, and tons of research. It also helped that I have found a practice that has OB's that come out to the home. I don't know if they are the only practice like this, but you might look into that. It helped to reassure both of us. My doctor has been practicing medicine for 40 years, has attended over 4000 births! and most of them have been completely natural, normal homebirths. He has been with this practice since 1982!
I think DH's concern this time around is the same as mine, which is, that, if I am in a hospital, I will be put on pit again. And if I am, I will end up having another c-section. He has also said that seeing my first c-section was the scariest moment of his life. He wants to do everything possible to avoid another section.
Finally, in addition to having a doctor attend me, there is a hospital that is 5 minutes away by ambulance in bad traffic. There is paramedic service within 90 seconds. They're about 1/4 mile down the road. The way we figure it, if something goes catastrophically wrong, we are closer to actually seeing a doctor, than if we were in the actual hospital! When the nurse couldn't find dd's heartbeat for over 10 minutes (cause dd had moved), and she went to get the doctor, we didn't see her for another 10 minutes. This time around, we'd already be in the emergency room for over 3 minutes!
Sorry to rant, everyone! Planning this birth has brought up everything from the last one, and I'm realizing that I'm very angry about it and how I was treated, and how typical it is for women to go through what I did and worse. I'm still apalled that I thanked these people when I left! I'm working through it, bit by bit.