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Location: The heart of progress in Missouri
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Since the hospital is looking out only for its own interests with no regard as to how it will effect you (long recovery time, complications due to c/s, complications down the road due to multiple abdominal surgeries, parenting small children during mandatory follow up bedrest), then you need to do the same. As a patient you have every right to refuse surgery or any other unwanted/ unnecessary procedure. Them being "mad at you" is out of line and unproffessional. If you must birth in a hospital, which I would sincerely advise against especially in this case, then you should be resolute about your decision and bring with you an army of adamant if not militant supporters including doula, midwife, partner, mother, sister, neighbor, whoever you can get to come who will stand up for you. That said, I believe that your decision to birth at this hospital will almost assuredly result in a surgical delivery, and if it is really your desire to avoid that, you should avoid that hospital. Depending upon where you live, homebirth may be legal or not, but either way, with some effort, you should be able to find a care provider who can do that for you. Also, if homebirth is not right for you, then consider traveling to another hospital or birth center. If you absolutely must stay put, find a knowledgable support team, preferably someone who can check your dialation and recognize complications, and go into the hospital ready to push if not pushing already. Above all, remember that no one can force you to do anything, doctors do not know everything, and do all your own research.
Mom of three spunktastic kiddos, supported by super-partner while dabbling in midwifery and organic farming. Biting off more than I can chew since '03.