Love Thy Labor
Love Thy Labor
Teaching childbirth education was one of my most favorite moments. The excitement on the ladies’ faces knowing that someone has helped ease their fears of the dreaded labor.
Once their babies were born I always made it a point of going to the hospital to see how well they did.
7 out of 10 would end up in a C-Section. Yes, this is truly more than half. So why did I waste my time I thought.
Upon investigating a little furthermost of them went into labor on a Friday or a weekend and if they did not deliver within about 5 hours they were wheeled to the OR for a C-Section.
The only true reasons for a C-Section are: The baby and or mother are in distress. The baby is presented breech. Medical conditions put the mother and or baby at risk for death. You have already had a C-Section.
C-Sections are major abdominal surgery and you are at increased risk of infection, blood clots, and even death. It should only be used in extreme cases not because the doctor doesn’t want to work the weekend or because you didn’t deliver in the five-hour window.
My suggestions are: Stay home as long as you can and labor in the comfort of your own home. Hire a doula if money permits or in some states there are programs that will provide doula services to people below certain income levels. Take childbirth classes.
Go to the hospital when you are having hard contractions that are 3 to 5 minutes apart. If your doctor says he wants to do a C-Section because you are not progressing you have every right to refuse. But by all means, if you or your baby are in danger don’t refuse proper care.
Familiarize yourself to the hospital equipment that they put on you to monitor your contractions and your baby’s heartbeat.
One thing more I must impress upon you is that many babies that are born my C-Section end up in the NICCU with breathing problems because when coming through the birth canal it forces the fluid out of their lungs and this is not possible with a C-Section.