My patients don’t get unnecessary cesareans. I have the words to talk to them and their doctor, to facilitate communication.
That’s not to say that some of my patients who have cesareans couldn’t have had a vaginal delivery, but to me it’s indicated. You can thank the lawyers for that part — for I can be sued up to 18 years of age from that little fetus. Darn you lawyers.
I also think that this film is just ANOTHER way to point fingers. SHE did home a home birth, what an idiot. SHE had a cesarean, her body didn’t release the “love cocktail” — she won’t love her baby and her baby will be without love.
And to me, it’s those 18 years after that make a mom (plus the other 60 that she/he begs for your advice), not that first hour, or 24 hours. And every mom deserves a standing ovation, epidural, cesrean, plopping that baby into a bin of granola or whatever. She made the choice and that choice is fine. I would hope that SHE is able to make the choice. I really try to let my patients MAKE the choices. My job is to inform, and they get to choose. AND, if you feel like you’re not making choices — you need to let your nurse know that. Just like at Nordstroms, if you think you’re selling you an ugly pair of leggings you’d stop them right there. Be informed, make choices. I love that.
I also really liked the midwife on that show, She seemed like the perfect medium between a home birth and a hospital. Many midwives aren’t as smart as her.
I didn’t think that I wanted to take advice from a former talk show host, regardless of all the research she’s done. Here’s a newsflash Ricky Lake — I know more about birth then you. You know more about white trash then I do. THAT, is a fact.
Two other thoughts, I hate moms who want to have a home birth, but come to the hospital for that experience. Sorry, we have policies and procedures that just HAVE to be followed. I’m guessing you don’t have those at home. You also need to be educated on HOW to deal with that pain and the emotions that will come along the trail to delivery. You can’t come in expecting me to fix it all for you, without any thought of preparation for yourself.
AND lastly, I’m just not a fan of induction. Throw arrows at me if you want, but that’s just something I really agreed with the film about. Doctors and hospitals are so into their pitocin. Sure, it’s sometimes necessary, but most of the time it’s not. I have 12 bloody days before I let the picoin into my vein (BTW, if P had been born on her due date she’d be going to nursery tomorrow — and no, I’m not the slightest bit bitter). Even then I probably cried more tears then I got of pitocin.
But, my babies are here, they’re amazing and honestly I’m have such an amazing time with them NOW that for me, a birth experience is nice, but doesn’t compare to the here and now. I love you moms, and all the choices you make. Well, maybe not ALL the choices you make… but that’s a blog for another day.