I just heard about a friend's SIL's birth going on in AL. Don't know if the baby is born yet but here's what I've been told:
Her water broke last night (she's term)
Her contractions were stopped by hospital staff because the doctors weren't there
Her contractions were restarted with pit this am
Now I just don't get stopping her contractions because a dr wasn't there. She's a first time mom! It would likely have been am before she was ready to push anyway. Now her body has been put through artificial contractions and on top of that they haven't been successful with the epi she requested.
I feel so bad for her, but more so angry at the staff and drs! I already knew this dr and hospital had a very unhealthy approach to birth with liberal episiotomys and inductions pushed at 38 wks, but to stop a healthy labor b/c it's night????? I think this is clear malpractice, and I'm also concerned that if she hasn't delivered by now that she will be given a c-section.
The majority of ladies in this community don't know not to trust the dr's recs or that they can refuse. (My friend thought I was endangering my baby by going to my EDD - labor started on it's own 2 days later) If they don't know to speak up, who will?