I was watching the show BirthDay on Discovery the other day. If you haven't seen it, it follows real women in the hospital through labor and birth. I was so upset by the show that I have been stewing over it for days.
First off, every woman on the show was induced. They didn't tell why but it was approached like, "well we just decided to induce to get things going." Second, they did just about every intervention known to man - fetal monitors, IVs, vaccuum extraction, and drugs drugs drugs.
That was the part that really got me. Out of all the women, one chose to have a drug free birth and they treated her like she was some sort of freak. They actually started talking about how it was a "cultural thing" that many women from Central America didn't use drugs during birth and they just didn't understand why. They made a blatant point of trying to change her mind and basically sounded like epidural pushers throughout the show. Anytime she even winced, someone was right there pushing drugs on her. She was totally disrespected and unsupported in her choice. And she was patronized by the doctors and nurses.
The only reason I finished the show was because I wanted to see if they mentioned in the credits who funded it. I figured it had to be a drug company, but they didn't say.
I should also say that I am not speaking out against using drugs or other interventions during labor. I had an epidural with dd. It is all about choice. I just think it was terrible the way they treated this woman for her choice to labor drug free.
Thanks for listening - I needed to get that off my chest!