Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday Follow Up: Why It's Best to Avoid Intervention

This post is not meant to bash those who need emergency interventions during labor, but rather is intended to point out how ELECTIVE interventions can lead to an unpleasant birth experience.

On Monday I talked about women choosing to have elective cesareans.  This is so far from what I believe the birth experience should be.  I believe that women should strive for a birth as free from medical intervention as possible.  Medical interventions often take on a snowball effect and you end up undergoing much more intervention than intended. 

The newest trend in intervention that I am seeing is early induction.  Many doctors, including mine, push to induce women at just 41 weeks (thank God I didn't get to that point) despite the fact that normal gestation is considered 38-42 weeks.  Some doctors will even allow their patients to have "elective inductions" as early as 36 weeks for no reason other than being "sick of being pregnant" or wanting to choose your due date.

An induction typically involves giving the mother pitocin which causes unnaturally strong, and sometimes dangerous, contractions. These contractions can be harmful to the baby and because of the increased pain often make you more likely to want pain relief, such as an epidural. 

An epidural (aside from all of the other side effects they can cause, check them out here) can cause contractions to slow down.  Once this happens many women will be given even more pitocin to again bump up the contractions.

Now, it's time to push, but because of the epidural most women are unable to feel their contractions and therefore can't tell when to push.  This inability to push on cue with your contractions can lead to more time spent pushing, the need to use vacuum or forceps, and tearing or episiotomies. 

Of course, we can't forget that through all of this your doctor has you on the clock.  As soon as they have decided that you are taking too long to progress during labor or while pushing, it's off to the operating room you go.  

Does this mean I think you have to have a homebirth? No, I had my baby in a hospital with no medical intervention of any kind.

Does this mean that I think all intervention is wrong and bad? No, when it is MEDICALLY necessary, it is great that we have options available to keep ourselves and our babies safe. 

Does this mean that I think that EVERYONE should have a completely natural birth? No, women with high risk pregnancies should always discuss their plans with their doctor or midwife and decide what is right and safe for them.

I DO think that the majority of women are healthy enough and strong enough to give birth without intervention.  I believe that women are built to give birth.

Women are being robbed of a beautiful and rewarding experience because they are being scared away from natural birth, most of the time by people who have never experienced or witnessed one.


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Crystal Mendez said...

I totally agree with you r post I had an emergency c section with my first I had a tuble pregnancey w/ my second and had to be cut agin !!! Yuck it was bad enough that I lost the baby, I had to deal with the c section!!! With my lil girl I refused to be cut open agin I had her veganilly so blessed that I did. God is good

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SuperMomWannabe said...

I saw you're going to be on natural mom's radio program! Anyway, great post. I went all natural on my last two births (had 5 in all incl. c-section on #1, epidural #2, very late stage epidural #2 as I was attempting all natural but caved at 10 not knowing I was at 10)...filmed my last one. Baby ended up needing immediate medical attention. I had not amniotic fluid (dry birth) and his abdomen was swollen to larger than his head because fluid was backed up in him (he had swallowed all the amniotic fluid and couldn't urinate). So, very painful. He's still followed very closely by kidney doctors as he continues healing. My labor is on my youtube channel (no graphic images) @jjandjake (as is my baby boy's miracle story).
I agree that women have been "conditioned" to be afraid of labor, and think that medicated is better. "Why be in pain when you don't have to?" Modern medicine is miraculous but it's like fire. It can save lives, and it can burn. Womens bodies were born to make babies and birth. It's painful, yes. But it is something we should more readily embrace.

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Erica G. said...

I unfortunately never got the chance to experience it the old fashioned way. I had 3 c-sections, my doctors didn't give me an option after my daughter was born. :(

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The Lovely Mrs. P said...

What a great Blog, sweet babies everywhere! Good for you going all-naturelle...and letting people know about those options. I was a whimp! Lol! Thank you so much for linking up to my 1st Blog Hop Social! I am working on another one for later this week to link-up crafts, recipes, etc. made by you. They will be a weekly feature on Made in a Day. i am following you too!

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Thanks for the info! I am due in April :) New fan from the Get Connected Tuesday Blog Hop!
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AmberFaith said...

I was induced at 40 weeks. Never again. The contractons were hell. Thank God my labor was relatively fast for a first timer AND someone being induced. 12 hours! But that included 3 hours of pushing. The epidural wore off, so I felt everything. She crowned within the first hour...but wouldn't come out. She was eventually vacuumed out when my heart rate dropped.

Definitely going the all-natural route at a birthing center next time!

Hello! I'm following you from the Flock Together blog hop. Would love for you to stop by and follow back, whenever you get the chance! Hope you have a good rest of the week! (:

Amber @ Beautifully BellaFaith

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