One born every minute USA

Lissa - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I'm watching this program and have yet to see a single woman get off a bed. Is this normal in the USA? Is it normal to labour lying on a bed the whole time? If so why? Is it some kind of hospital policy?
I just don't get it in the UK you are encouraged to do everything BUT lie down, lying down does not help get a labour going or help with pain.

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Nikki - posted on 06/25/2011

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I have three children, with the first all I could do was lay on the bed because I was in so much pain. With the second I sat at the edge of the bed until it was time to push and with the third I was only comfortable standing. The hospital was accomodating with whatever made me feel better. With my first two births they did put me in the bathtub to make me feel better but it made everything worse so I refused with the third.

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Aww haha!! Mine's too!! my daughter was born at Wilford Hall Medical Center ( San Antonio. Texas!!)

Candi - posted on 06/24/2011

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My third was born in a military hospital. No pain meds or anything..all natural. Luckily she was small (7lb 7oz). I never got to see the same Dr twice and most of the time I had to see a general practitioner that worked in the OB dept. I was assigned a midwife and she was nice, but I am not a big fan of midwives. I later learned they are well trained and and most of the time are better trained than an OB. Anyway, I was in hard labor and my husband warned the nurse that I never need more than 3 pushes. Well, it only took 2, so my nurse delivered my baby! About a minute later a midwife ran in my room, saw my baby, signed the birth certificate, and left. I never saw her again and have no clue who she was. This is the same hospital where a nurse came in and told me I was BFing my daughter the wrong way! My husband told her this was our 3rd and I knew what I was doing. She gave him a mean look and left in a huff! I had to wonder how you breastfeed the wrong way? Maybe she was trying to make herself be useful. who knows?

Khali - posted on 06/24/2011

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In alot of hospital settings yeah, its the standard.. I was forced to stay in a hospital bed with the birth of my son, but my daughter i was bouncing on a ball until it was time to push lol... but I'm a big supporter of homebirth

Lissa - posted on 06/24/2011

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To be honest I don't watch these things but my back is out, my husband left it on that channel and it would have been more trouble than it was worth to get up to get the remote which is why I ended up watching it.

Jodi if it's 80% epidurals that certainly does explain a lot :$

Erin it's nice to hear from someone who knows what medical treatment is like in both places. I sometimes get the impression that as our medical care is free that somehow people think our medical staff are less well trained and the hospitals are a bit rough :$ It's amazing to me that only one out of six grandchildren were born naturally, that seems like lunacy!

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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funny enough, watching one born every minute UK i noticed women lying down a lot too. i think it's commonly what women want to do.

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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i am an american who has been living in the uk for 7 years. because of privatized health care in the US, it is the capital of the world for unnecessary medical procedures. medical procedures=money. i much prefer the natural way of doing things in the UK, and am thankful that i gave birth to both my children here. the first by c-sect because my baby was in the breech position, and the second was a vbac (almost unheard of in the US). my parents have 6 grandchildren, the rest of them being born in the US, and my second child was the only one born naturally. this is a disgrace.

Jodi - posted on 06/23/2011

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Lissa, I read somewhere that 80% of those who give birth vaginally in the US have epidurals? So that will probably explain it. Personally, I don't get it either, because I moved around a LOT with both mine, and my experience has been good. My first, I WAS hooked to a heart monitor for a while because they were concerned about my son's heartbeat - that was the WORST couple of hours of my labour. Once he stabilised, they took me straight off it and it was SUCH a relief.

Medic - posted on 06/23/2011

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Midwives creep me out personally. I was induced early and had eclampsia so the monitors and whatnot didn't bother me.

JuLeah - posted on 06/23/2011

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We are kind of backwards here ... I think we pride ourselves on this fact .... we do sooooo many things I fail to understand

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2011

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Yes I am not comfortable with midwives personally, I prefer OB/GYN's and and love the hospital makes me feel more secure. Just different places do it differently I guess.

Lissa - posted on 06/23/2011

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I understand when there are issues of course monitoring needs to be done but here it just doesn't happen without reason. The heartbeat does get checked but with a handheld monitor so it can be done whatever position you are in. You are positively encouraged to move around as much as you possibly can. I suppose it's really back to the fact that we have midwife led care not doctors.

Brianna - posted on 06/23/2011

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if u being induced or have any pain medication, or they need to monitor baby then u have to lay down

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I didnt that feeling. Maybe your right but i did not mind having all the machinery hooked up to me. I was fine with the protocol and also knowing that my baby was being closely monitored. :) I love doctors, nurses, and hospitals but thats just me haha i kno thats not the norm

Amy - posted on 06/23/2011

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You're hooked up to all the machinery because doctors and hospitals are so worried if something does go wrong you're going to sue them for all the money in the world.

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Well i had pre eclampsyia so maybe that had something to do with it. But they normally have a monitor for your baby's heart beat ( and movements i think) then they have another monitor ( both are like belts that are velcroed around your belly) that keeps tracks of your contractions. Then you may have an IV put in for either potocin or any other medicine you might need ( i had had one for magnesium) then they put this thing on your finger that monitors your heart beat ( may not apply to everyone) but yea those are like the most common thing you have hooked up to you some may have even other things

Lissa - posted on 06/23/2011

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So my question would by why are you hooked up to all this machinery? Unless there is an actual problem I don't see why this would happen.

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yep its perfectly normal. You can get up and walk if you like but the hospital i went to wouldnt even take u in unless u were 3-4 cms dialated. And like someone else said that have to many things hooked up to its kinda no point to get up and move around. Usually you just relax chill try to get some rest until the main event :)

Candi - posted on 06/23/2011

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When you go into labor in the US, they have so many things hooked to you, you can't move and then they lay that incredibly heavy belt across your belly to monitor the baby and contractions.

Lissa - posted on 06/23/2011

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Kate, I just found it really strange. I only know three people who have epidurals and two of those were c-sections, the only two people I know who have had c-sections. The person I know who had an epidural without section suffered back problems for years because of it. Whenever pain relief is talked about in this country the pros and cons are seriously talked about so you know the possible consequences of those choices. That said I understand I personally had very easy labours and knew my midwife incredibly well. With my last she went on her break and told the other midwife to just watch me because apparently I wonder about perfectly fine chatting like birth is hours away then I say arghhhhhh and baby time is imminent. I also remember her asking me how I was doing and me replying about 6cm, I'll be about an hour lol. I suppose that's what comes from not only easy labouring but really good personal relationships with your midwife. She also phoned her family to tell them she would be late for her birthday dinner as she was waiting for me have my youngest.

Kate CP - posted on 06/23/2011

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Once active labor starts most women in the US have epidurals and aren't allowed to get out of bed. Add to the fact that many women who labor in hospitals are tethered to monitors and IVs and there's not a lot of room to move. So, yes, it's normal to labor on your back in the US. Stupid? Yup. But, it's what's common and easy for doctors so it's how it's done in most hospitals.

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I was told I could do whatever I wanted except run in the halls. I spent most of the time in a rocking chair or walking. I had to stay in bed once I had my epidural... but by that point I was so tired I slept a good 2 hours. After that point I had the bed raised up so I was sitting up in bed. I just wasn't allowed to walk at that point.

I took a shower at one point too. The idea of getting in water during labor freaks me out, seems to be counter productive, and asking for an infection. I actually wish I hadn't since it slowed down my labor by a lot.

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2011

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Most people are encouraged to walk until heavy labor kicks in, bounce on a birthing ball etc. I know some others are encouraged to lay on a bed. Here I find it is really what your personal preference is. Lay in a tub with water. Whatever personally works for you.

Lissa - posted on 06/23/2011

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Thanks Sherri I just thought hold on are people being told that they need to lie down the whole time.
Obviously if lying down is your personal preference and works for you fantastic.

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2011

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Depends on what you prefer. I personally only want to lay on the bed. I am not for water births etc. plus my labors only last about 4hrs.

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