- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I’ve done a lot of research and reading of birth stories as I start to think about what kind of birth experience I’d like, given that we don’t have any medical complications. I finally watched The Business of Being Born, as well. I know it presents only one side of the story, but I thought it was a pretty good depiction, matching a lot of what I hear, and didn’t seem to be too overtly biased.
My best friend and previous coworker went into labor, was given pitocin because she wasn’t progressing fast enough (she was at the hospital for only 6 hours) and ended up wth an emergency c-section because the baby’s heartrate kept dropping during contractions. I hear/read stories of dr’s performing episiotomies when the mother has expressly stated she doesn’t want one. I also don’t like the idea that because the dr is a medical professional, if they say something, we feel like we have to listen. I don’t want to be second guessing my dr, and I want to trust him/her, but I don’t think that every doctor out there is above claiming something is “good for the baby” to make his life/schedule easier.
I really want to avoid any and all medical interventions unless they are needed. That includes internal exams, IV, etc…
So, to the moms out there, what was your birth experience like? Do you feel like you were rushed or that procedures were done when they weren’t wanted or necessary? Or do you feel like you were respected and your wishes were honored whenever possible?
I haven’t met my the dr’s in my obgyn office yet, but I’m hoping for a good experience and that they will help ease my worries.