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Argh! I typed up my reply from my iPhone and somehow lost it!
Originally posted by romd:
Is that really possible? Drug-free AND pain-free? When my first baby failed to descend, the OB stopped the epidural for about an hour to see if I would be able to push better, but I was in so much pain that I couldn't stop the tears from streaming down and I had no strength to push with the pain. (I'm expecting to deliver any day now with #2... Unfortunately I'm high risk so a CNM is not an option but I still would love to know how to get through labor with less drugs and less pain.) [/b]
Originally posted by mamabear: In the end, my OB, CNM and of course, my doula, were all on the same page and helped me have the birth I wanted - a peaceful, quiet, joyful, drug-free, pain-free, comfortable, natural childbirth! I honestly didn't think it was going to be possible...
You absolutely SHOULD be questioning your OB's medical judgement. Much of OBs labor and delivery practices are not evidence based and are mostly done for convenience and/or liability concerns, not necessarily because it is best for the patient. They should have just told you "we like our moms to deliver monday-friday between the hours of 9am-5pm. Will will intervene as much as possible to try to get you to comply vaginally. Should you be unable to comply a C-section will be arranged."
Originally posted by merri:
Now - I don't feel like I can contest what they are saying because I'm only a med student - I don't want to question my OB's medical judgement - but at the same time - I thought pit was to help move labor along when it was needed. They made it sound like it was always needed. They also said that they like for the moms to deliver the same day... so then I was thinking - well is this best for the mom and baby - or just best and easiest for the staff?!