Post # 1
I finally watched The business of being born this weekend with my husband, and I know some people on here recommended it but others seemed to think it was very biased against hospital births. Just curious to know how many of you felt pushed into interventions that you didnt really want or didnt feel were necessary? I’m especially interested to hear from those who went into the hospital wanting a meds free natural birth.
Post # 3
I had two hospital births at two different hospitals-one a small town hospital and one in a large city. At neither one was I pushed for intervention. Monitoring was pretty limited, was up walking/moving around, in the birthing tub (didn’t deliver in there), pushed in many positions.
I think the movie does have some valid points, but you know it is taking an extreme perspective when you watch.
Post # 4
I had a hospital birth. I felt as though everything was my choice right up until the emergency c-section. At that point, Little A’s was stuck in the birth canal and her heart rate plummeted. I had never intended to have a natural birth.
A close friend of mine has delivered three times naturally in the hospital. If you find a good OB, they will help you write a birth plan and stick to it as long as it is not harming the baby.
Post # 5
Where you live makes a HUGE difference. In many places, there are lots of birthing options and hospitals regularly employ midwives. Also, although the national c-section rate is about 25-30%, the actual rate varies widely by location. In urban areas with high median incomes and very educated populations (DC, San Francisco, NY, Boston), the c-section rate tends to be a lot higher because the average age of first time mothers is a lot higher, and older women *tend* to be more complications and/or longer labors. The c-section rate in DC is almost 40%, an almost 50% (!!!) at the largest birthing hospital in the city.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the responses so far… all very informative!
Post # 7
Even though I felt like I had a really good experience with my hospital birth, I was glad I saw “The Business of Being Born” and definitely recommend it to expectant moms. It’s good food for thought.
My goal was to go as long as possible without meds, but be open to the option of them, and I stated that in my birth plan. When I asked for an epidural at 7 cm, the anesthesiologist actually came into the room holding a copy of my birth plan and said “Hey, it says here that you wanted to try to see if you could go without, let’s talk about this for a minute and make sure you really want to do this.” And prior to that, none of the staff ever asked me if I wanted meds, since my birth plan asked them not to.
I did end up on Pitocin after labor slowed down after I got the epidural, which I’d have preferred not to do, but at that point, I’d been in labor for like 15 hours after my water broke, and I knew that once I hit 24 hours we’d be talking C-section, so my doula actually suggested that Pitocin wasn’t a bad idea.
Post # 8
I prepared for a med-free vaginal birth in the hospital, and I did not feel pressured by any medical staff during my labor. The nurses and my doctor were very respectful of my wishes to be intermittenly monitored and to move around during labor. In fact, the nurse who taught my birthing class even came in to visit (on her day off!) and gave me some other coping techniques to try out since I was having a lot of trouble. I ended up getting an epidural, but it was my choice. They didn’t offer it; I asked for it. I had a pretty peaceful birth and never felt rushed or pressured, in any way.