Originally Posted by Mavournin
With a recent client of mine:
(Doc was roughly tugging on cord to get placenta to detach. Client had a beautiful birth with no complications)
Client: Ow! Why are you doing that?
Doc: Because if I don't remove the placenta right away you will bleed too much and then we could have an emergency on our hands.
I got this too!!!
And then I hemmoraged due to all of the interventions that kept being done.
The next day I had a nurse walk in first thing and see my packing my bags (less than 24 hours after delivery).
N: What are you doing?
Me: I'm leaving
N: You can't do that yet
Me: OK, well I am.
N: But you hemmoraged yesterday, if you leave now you'll DIE!!!
(my midwife H walks in)
Me: H, I'm leaving, I really need to go home.
H: OK, I'll sign your discharge papers. I'll see you tomorrow and you have the pager if you need me in the meantime.
Thank God for my midwife.
So fast forward to this pregnancy... my first appointment with my new midwife (new city, I can't go with the same HCP as last time) and I tell her I hemmoraged with my last baby because of a whole cascades of interventions especially my highly managed third stage where my cord was pulled on to get the placenta out.
What does my midwife say? First she says I might want to consider a hospital birth since I hemmoraged last time (hello! it was caused by being IN the hospital last time)... and then she says "Well if you are really committed to a homebirth that's fine but we'll need to make sure we actively manage your third stage. Mandatory pitocin and cord traction are the way to go"
Riiiiight... way to listen