Originally Posted by Guinevere
: That stinks! Policies like that are becoming more and more common, and they make me really mad now that I've become a c/s statistic myself, with my last birth.
Anecdotally, you can show up at the hospital 8cm dilated and simply refuse consent to the c/s. But....I don't want a bunch of people in my face. My experience with L&D nurses is great; it's the OB on call I'd worry about. Last time....I came in earlier than I would have because my water broke, and there was meconium. Nonetheless, I labored, labored down
and finally pushed for like 5 hours, and dd wasn't budging. After all that--12 hours in the hospital? and all the time at home--dd was was still at negative station. (Stubborn.
So when the on-call OB announced I needed a c/s, I told her that I didn't like the idea because of the hospital's policy against VBAC, and that we did anticipate a second. Basically she said, "at your age?!"
I asked her to go away while we thought about it, and got the opinion of the nurse-midwife who'd been there all along.
Fast forward. The second appointment, which I've already scheduled, is an "education" appointment with an LPN. I plan a heart-to-heart with her at that time. Easier to get information from nurses, sometimes, than from doctors. And I'm going to research midwives for a possible HBAC. With the small risk of rupture, I'd rather not go unassisted.
That particular OB is no longer at the clinic, so at least I don't have to worry about that. And I do respect my guy; he's just a little wrapped up in statistics.