I get so mad about stupid maternity care in the US - I CANNOT SHUT UP!
I'm sick, I swear, it's an illness! It's awful.
I just can't shut my mouth.
A co-worker of mine is going to hit 40W with her first baby this Friday. She told me they'll induce her by 41W. ARGH! Of course, I couldn't help but say, "Average gestational length
for healthy 1st time Moms is 41W and 1day!" If NSTs + AFIs are showing reassuring results, studies show that expectant mgmt is better than routine induction up till 43 weeks.
It just makes me so mad to hear about the dumb stuff that goes on, I have such trouble not spouting facts. If people want to get induced for sheer convenience or get an epidural, FINE! That is their choice! I respect that. But they ought to know the facts.
So much for "informed consent."
: Of course, it seems most American OBs (ok, and probably some MWs too) don't even know lots of these facts themselves, so it's no surprise they don't share them with their patients. (Because maternity care in the US is, for the most part, NOT "evidence-based" - based on science - as Dr. Marsden Wagner states in his book "Born in the USA.")
It just makes me so mad. Of course, I do want to channel my passion into to ACTION to HELP!!! Which is why I've joined the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
But I'm still, unfortunately, a rabid extremist in favor of "humanizing childbirth," & have such trouble zipping my lip!
Just realized I ought to add... I KNOW that being a "rabid extremist" turns people off & just inhibits communication! Which I why I say it is a problem that I can't calm down & zip my lip! When I do
open my mouth, I try to state facts!
(I have a great memory for stats.) So that I'm not passing judgement - just letting people know what science has shown. Again though, I don't want to spout facts if people don't want to hear it, - so even nonjudgemental facts can be a turn-off - but I can't help myself!