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A pregnant woman writes about her first hospital birth experience. She attributes much of the trauma surrounding the birth to the complete lack of continuity of care during pregnancy and during labor.
Nothing could be more important than getting this kind of health care right. As a starting point, let’s stop calling it a choice — or women who don’t get what they ordered will feel like it’s them, not the system, who are failing.
Hat tip: Village Midwife
Ilithyia Inspired discusses the Australian Materity Services Review.
The commentary that she posted raises a point that I’ve been mulling over for awhile. In summary, she thinks that doctors are scared of home birth because they would lose customers. I have another theory. If enough women gave birth out of a hospital or even in a hospital with the hands-on support a woman needs during labor, refusing truly superfluous interventions, the people who try to force Cesareans and inductions on women who don’t need them will end up looking pretty stupid.
A nursing student describes the first Cesarean she experienced on the job performed on a mother under general anesthesia.
From a blog in which the father discusses Kaiser Permanente’s c-section schedule:
So the first doctor we saw told us we were third or fourth in line for a cesarean section and that he felt like a baby. Kaiser is definitely not a c-section hospital. They really push for normal births even after c-sections. So we sat in the triage for hours and hours while Tori had fairly regular contractions. The first doctor switched to another doctor who eventually was replaced by another assistant to him. At one point Tori got some good pain medication and was happy and sort of slept a bit while I went to get some dinner.
The poor doctors really were butchers. Between 2-3 pm they told us we were the third or fourth c-section in line and they were just getting started. Well, the scheduled ones were bumped to the next day and all the urgent and crash c-sections were put in line. But 11 pm we were wheeled into the OR just to be bumped again by number 7. Just before midnight we went back in and had our baby. There was still another one in line. The doctors felt so bad. They only had 2 or 3 normal births that day and were sad there c-section percentage was so high.