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post #21 of 52
at 8 months my OB wanted to scheulde a c-section for my "large baby" who, on her due date, came at 6lbs. 5oz.
post #22 of 52
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at 8 months my OB wanted to scheulde a c-section for my "large baby" who, on her due date, came at 6lbs. 5oz.
post #23 of 52
This happened to a coworker of mine, her OB wanted to induce before her due date because the baby was measuring big, and when the induction (including Cytotec and a pit drip) didn't work he sectioned her. Granted, it was a big baby, but I know she could have birthed that kid had she been allowed to go into labor on her own. And of course, #2 was a scheduled C because at this hospital you're not "allowed" to VBAC unless you've had at least 1 prior vaginal birth.
post #24 of 52
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I'm getting quite an education here.

Reminds me of the line from Paul Simon's "Kodachrome":

"When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder I can think at all"
post #25 of 52
Uggh - reminds me of my second - my first was 8 lbs 5 oz. - HUGE! Anyhow they said the next would be bigger - they *always* are! So at his US at 43 weeks they estimated over 10 lbs! I was FLOORED! They literally joked "this one will come out walking, talking & potty trained!" He was 7 lbs 15 oz! Good grief!
post #26 of 52
I had a coworker (due around Thanksgiving) who was sectioned for a baby that was far too big for her to give birth to. He wasn't even 8 pounds @@ She had a repeat c with her 2nd, too. "I was up and around 14 hours after the birth." Well gee, I was up and around 14 minutes after mine...but if you think surgery is the answer, go for it.
post #27 of 52
I am 5' tall, 105 lbs, a size 0, and had a 10 lb baby, without tearing too.
post #28 of 52
This happened to me in 2005. My baby was suspected to be 9lb10oz and I was supposedly past my due date (that they had moved up by ten days at a 12 week U/S, even though I knew when I ovulated and conceived). The midwife scared us (I mean, a midwife wouldn't recommend an unnecessary c-section, right?), the doctor scared us, our families were calling up and demanding to know why we hadn't scheduled the section yet (well, DH's family was) and telling us we were going to kill our baby.

We caved. She was born via scheduled c-section on her original due date. She was 9lb8.5oz. But, my aunts birthed 9 and 10 pounders vaginally, why couldn't I?

I am still pissed off about it.

ACOG even put out recommendations against this stating that far too many women and babies would be subjected to the dangers of a c-section just to prevent one case of shoulder dystocia.

I think my doctor summed it up best when he said to us:"You can say you aren't going to sue me, but you might, so I really need to talk you into the c-section."
post #29 of 52
I've seen it, but don't understand it. Sort of a "why bother with labor since it won't work anyway".

I myself was pressured to induce at 40 weeks with my last two and threatened with a c-section if I didn't.



I have always considered the size of the hole necessary to cut in my belly to get a 10 pounder out, and opted to try the regular way first. The very thought of the cutting that would have been required to get ds3 out makes me want to
post #30 of 52
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I think my doctor summed it up best when he said to us:"You can say you aren't going to sue me, but you might, so I really need to talk you into the c-section."


I told the backup doc last time to just get whatever papers she wanted me to sign, removing her from liability.

Next time at my first prenatal I am going to tell the midwives "Get your papers ready for me to sign now because I am going to be just as obstinate and non compliant this time as I was last time. Save yourselves the trouble of trying to convince me I shouldn't go to 42 weeks".
post #31 of 52
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Is this common?
Yes. More than I would like to admit.

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I don't have more details but this seems odd to me. Sure, I've heard of obs scheduling inductions for suspected large babies...but a c-section? This is a first time, healthy mother who had an uneventful pregnancy.

What am I missing here?
How ignorant of other alternatives was the mom? I think the doc was banking (literally) on the mother's ignorance, the fear of "what if something goes wrong", and the strength of the manipulation training that med students(and nurses) go thru to make compliant patients out of healthy thinking women....
post #32 of 52
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And of course, #2 was a scheduled C because at this hospital you're not "allowed" to VBAC unless you've had at least 1 prior vaginal birth.
Of course! And if you can get them induced at 38 weeks, when most ladies are nowhere near ready, and the inductions fail, then everyone has a primary section, and nobody qualifies for a vaginal birth! Bingo! Income for the hospital shareholders, and freedom from liability in a court of law! Wow, I shoulda had a V-8! (grrrrrrr.) And this is why about 1/2 the clients my preceptor and other mws I know have thier VBACs at home, so they don't have to go thru that crap again! and they get to preserve thier uteri.
post #33 of 52
Katfka: I am your size as well..about 100lbs when not preggers and I had a 9.7lbs baby and a 9.11lbs baby as well. My first was over 3 hours of pushing and I myself chose an epis. because I was afraid of tearing, and I was SO scared of a C-sec. But my OB is totally awesome and said nope, this kid is coming out the old fashioned way. My second girl was even bigger, no epis. but I tore a little, no big deal. I too felt awesome after...much better than I would had they sectioned me.
post #34 of 52
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I have always considered the size of the hole necessary to cut in my belly to get a 10 pounder out, and opted to try the regular way first. The very thought of the cutting that would have been required to get ds3 out makes me want to
No kidding. I had a coworker who saw a section on tv when ds1 was about 1 year old. He came in and gave me this weird look, and was all like, "that's not what they did to you, is it? That was a huge incision!". I remember giving him an incredulous look, and saying, "well, you know, Dennis - they did have to pull a baby through it!". He must have said, "they didn't do that to you, did they?" about 10 times. It was like he was in shock.

I honestly don't know what people think a c-section is.
post #35 of 52
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No kidding. I had a coworker who saw a section on tv when ds1 was about 1 year old. He came in and gave me this weird look, and was all like, "that's not what they did to you, is it? That was a huge incision!". I remember giving him an incredulous look, and saying, "well, you know, Dennis - they did have to pull a baby through it!". He must have said, "they didn't do that to you, did they?" about 10 times. It was like he was in shock.

I honestly don't know what people think a c-section is.
What?? You mean there isn't a zipper that magically appears on your belly when you're 40 weeks, and the doctor doesn't just pull it down and a smiling, powder-fresh baby jumps out on a spring into your arms? Well, dang!

I don't think people get it, either. You're having a HOLE CUT INTO YOUR BODY and pulling a baby out of it. How can anyone think this is okay??
post #36 of 52
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I honestly don't know what people think a c-section is.
But, it is just another way to have a baby, right? It isn't like it is, say, major abdominal surgery.
post #37 of 52
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But, it is just another way to have a baby, right? It isn't like it is, say, major abdominal surgery.
But...it's not "major" - I mean - read all those descriptions that say the doctor will cut a "small slit" in the abdomen. I cannot fathom how people don't make the leap to wonder how small a slit it can be if a BABY is going to come through it!
post #38 of 52
I think that there a lot of women out there that are so uninformed that they think having a "big" baby will "ruin" their husband's future sexual pleasure.

So, they WANT the c/s. For HIM.

And so nobody looks at her 9 lb baby and thinks "huh. I'll bet that lady's woo is all stretched to hell and back."
post #39 of 52
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I think that there a lot of women out there that are so uninformed that they think having a "big" baby will "ruin" their husband's future sexual pleasure.

So, they WANT the c/s. For HIM.
Yeah - those scheduled c/s that effed up the nerves in my pelvis and left me wanting to vomit whenever dh touched that part of my belly really did wonders for our sex life. DH is totally into having sex with a woman who cringes when he runs his hand over her stomach...or maybe not so much. For about 6 months after I had ds2, the numbness in my pelvis affected my clitoris and part of my vagina. Our sex life suffered greatly - I'm just grateful that those areas didn't suffer from the apparently permanent damage that my bladder did.

I wonder how many women even realize something like that can happen. It ruined my dh's sexual pleasure (because he doesn't want it if I'm not enjoying it) and it certainly ruined mine...although only temporarily, thankfully.
post #40 of 52
My babies have all been larger than average: 8lbs5oz, 8lbs15oz, and 9lbs10oz, and I'm an average to small size woman: 5' 4.5" tall, around 115-118lbs. The last babe was a difficult delivery, not because he was large, but because of his position coupled with the position that the blasted medical staff decided that I needed to be in (on my back, pushing on the tail bone that I broke during my first delivery ). At the end, the doc looked at me and said, "Next time, you'll have a bigger baby and will definitely have a c-section." Um, no, I don't think so.

There's not a single chance that I would ever consent to a c-section based solely on suspected size of baby. I don't get the hang-up with size, anyway.

Who decided that anything over 9lbs was a medical condition?? (macrosomia, I think it's called?)
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