Natasha - posted on 02/28/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )
Ok, so I get these updates every week for my pregnancy, and usually I am pretty happy with them. Today however, I am kinda pissy with the "opinions" of the authour of this piece...
I am going to copy and paste a couple excerpts that got my blood boiling...
1) About getting an epidural: "A massive needle will be poked/jabbed into your spinal column as you're curled up in a fetal position to expose your spine - hoping they don't accidentally destroy some of your spinal nerves, which is a very real risk experienced by 20% of women." While this might be fact, the tone used to convey this information seems to be really pushy and judgemental.
2) About getting a C-section: "No matter how much you hate being pregnant and fear labor, you don't want a c-section. No matter how big your baby supposedly is or how tiny your pelvic cavity seems, you don't want (or need) a c-section." Although it's not my choice, I believe that every woman knows what she is capable of handling, and if she wants a c-section that is really her choice. This entire section pissed me off.
3) On EFM: "Exhaustive reviews of EFM have shown NO improved outcome for the baby (in terms of preventing death) while increasing psychological stress for the laboring mother and risk of an "emergency c-section" and episiotomy" I actually was relieved when I had my first son to have the EFM on, and it didn't cause me "psychological stress".
4) Use of Episiotomy, Forcepts and Vaccumn: "For some reason male doctors conceived of these completely medieval medical horrors for the same reason as the episiotomy (get baby out NOW)." I had an episiotomy with my son and although the dr (a female) didn't let the freezing sit long enough to take, I would prefer a clean snip then to have torn.
Please read this section of the post, and let me know what you think. I am planning on a natural, drug free birth (which is what I had with my son) for this baby, but am open to the possibilty of needing some medical assistance. I will try my hardest to avoid a c-section, but if it happens that I need one, then I will deal with it at the time.