Originally Posted by Britishmum
My doula saved me from giving into
Yes, and if you want a doula to do this for you (prevent unnecessary intervention and/or save you from yourself if you are close to caving in) then I'd recommend someone who is tough & vehemently
holds the belief that natural CB is best. Someone TOUGH! Ha! That's why I picked my doula. She's a beautiful, petite woman but man, I PITY the OB or MW who would try to give an unnecessary episiotomy to a client of hers!
She's a tiger! Someone you want on YOUR side!
OK, yesterday I heard my co-worker tell someone for like the 5th time that she’ll be induced Thur night if nothing happens. So I finally couldn’t take it anymore! If she was telling that many people, then clearly she didn’t mind discussing it, so I felt I wasn’t out of line to go ask WHY she was being induced.
Of course, if I just asked “Why will you be induced?” She’d find that question wacky & just say, “Because I haven’t gone into labor & I’m past my due date.” Even though she won’t hit that AVERAGE due date of 41W 1D until Saturday!! And I keep saying that when everyone else comes up to her with that nonsense of “No baby yet?”
So instead, I decided to say, “OK, I can’t help myself anymore. You say you’ll be induced Thursday night. Is everything OK? Is your blood pressure OK?”
Since High BP or potentially will-elevate-in-the-future BP is a common reason to induce.
She says, “Well, I’m just ready.”
I reply, “Oh, OK. Cuz inducing does increase your risk of CS and I know you wanted to avoid CS.”
“Yeah, but I’m just ready. I can’t sleep.”
“Well do you know their induction protocol?”
(Goodness, don’t let them give you Cytotec!!!!! & certainly try alternative means before moving to pharmacological induction!)
She said, “Well,they already stripped my membranes this morning. Then, I think they give you… what is it… tocin…”
She didn’t know the word “pitocin” or how to pronounce it.
I also mentioned having her membranes stripped repeatedly if it doesn't work - since research shows the odds of it working DO INCREASE if it's done repeatedly. She had not known that.
I just don’t get how people can just blindly trust their health care provider & not get educated themselves.
As DH says, people seem to do more research before buying a car than before having a baby!
At least I feel better knowing that she does know
induction increases the risk of CS. (I don’t know with certainty, but I have a feeling that is one of many facts OBs fail to mention…) If she’s willing to take that chance, than that is her choice. But I feel better knowing it is truly an informed
choice she's making.
ETA: I would bet my co-worker, and most ladies, would feel a bit more patient at the 40w+ mark if it weren't for the fact that they were expecting their babies at 40W!!
If healthy first-time Moms were told their due dates were at 41W 1D (Which research shows is average, and thus that would be "evidence-based practice) then they might be more resistant to inducting at prior to that date.
Another co-worker walked over & said, "Well, 1st babies are always 2 weeks late." Again, I piped up, "NO! The OBs set the dates early!"