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Heading Down the Road to C Section?



This article is written by an OB who has been practicing for 14 years. http://www.friscowomenshealth.com/?option=com_wordpress&Itemid=205&lang=en&p=89
I hope you enjoy.

Top Ten Signs Your Doctor Is Planning To Perform An Unnecessary Cesarean Section On You

I have been a practicing OB/GYN for fourteen years. I live in Frisco, Texas, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and I truly enjoy living and working here.  It is a great place for my family and, for the first time, my office is attached to the actual hospital I practice in.  This is the third and final place I will practice medicine.  I trained with some of the most respected academic OB/GYN’s in the country.  These physicians have contributed to books on Obstetrics, created practice guidelines for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and taught me to practice medicine based on scientific evidence.

I follow a few simple rules: do no harm, give your patients options, and provide information so they can make informed decisions.  So, last night I was sitting in my office looking at the fourth Cesarean Section (C/S) operative report of the day for yet another patient who wants to have a vaginal delivery following a previous C/S. I am frustrated and feel like I am fighting a losing battle.

When did Cesarean Sections (C/S) and elect Read the rest of this entry »

 

Postdates: Separating Fact from Fiction


So I am now 41 weeks pregnant, and the most common question I am getting is ‘so when are you being induced?’  On facebook, I answered that question ten times over a period of 3 days, so ended up making a new status message that consisted of this:
 
Thankyou for all your questions, thoughts and concerns regarding induction. I am comfortable, and bub is comfortable. I still have 1 more week before I am officially post-term. I will not be getting induced naturally or medically at any stage unless medically indicated. Now no more talk of induction! 😀
But I know that the people who were asking, were only asking and suggesting things because they care about me.  So I looked around and found this fantastic article that has some great research and simple facts that you can share with others.  This link was my status update this morning. This is how I introduced it:
 
Here’s some interesting research regarding ‘late babies’:
“Facts:
• A pregnancy is NOT “Postdates” until after 42 weeks.
• The risk of stillbirth is nearly a flat line between 38 weeks and 43.
• Amniotic fluid is dependent on maternal hydration, in the absence of congenital abnormalities.
• A baby’s weight virtually plateaus after 40 weeks.”
Good to know hey! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »
 

Why I won’t leave my births up to chance


This is a great article by The Feminist Breeder.  She totally explains how I feel about why you have to prepare for a natural birth, and what you can do to get the birth you want.  I didn’t do the courses she recommends, but I read sooooo many good quality birth books while pregnant, which of course has an impact on your mental preparation.  Birth is probably the most vulnerable time in a woman’s life, and I don’t think you can be too prepared.
 
[edit] I’ve had to take down most of this article, as apparently having more than 100 words on here would actually violate her copyright and impact on her income.  And I don’t want to do that!  So to read her fantastic article go to her blog!
 

Why I Won’t Leave My Births Up to Chance

http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-i-wont-leave-my-births-up-to-chance/
May 29th 2010

The Feminist Breeder came across a Mumma’s website where she was asking people if they thought she was crazy for wanting a natural birth…

“There were around a dozen interviews with different mothers, and every single one of the moms supported her decision to have a natural birth. In fact, every single one of the moms said they had planned to go natural as well.  However, out of all the moms, only ONE mentioned taking a 12-week intensive natural birth class only that mom actually reported getting the birth she wanted.

Coincidence? I think not.

What happens during a woman’s birth is not all up to chance. Maybe some of it, but certainly not all of it.”

To read the rest of this article go to The Feminist Breeder’s website: http://thefeministbreeder.com/why-i-wont-leave-my-births-up-to-chance/

 

Induction risks


interesting article on how similar a mum getting an induction with synto (pit) has similar risks to a VBAC – and no-one really talks about the dangers of induction, but recommend against VBACs!!

http://networkedblogs.com/r4rIV

Not Just Another Induction Post

You might remember me posting on my Banned From Baby Showers Facebook page about a mom who had been declared “high risk” due to “maternal age.”  She is 35 years old.  Her OB had also told her that her amniotic fluids levels were low.  At about 37 or 38 weeks, she recommended induction. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Incontinence, Prolapse & Pelvic Floor Health


Pelvic Floor Health.

This is my very first ‘proper’ blog!  I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever heard the rumour that if you sneeze 6 times in a row, you orgasm?  Well guess what, I’ve managed to sneeze 6 times in a row, and man I wish that were true.  The actual results of my sneezing attack were devastating, and have impacted on my quality of life ever since.  Here is my story and what I have learned about pelvic floor health since that day.

FYI: I think all women should read what I’ve written in this article, because 77% of women will have a pelvic organ prolapse at some stage in their lives – and most of them will have incontinence.  The medical world believe that surgery is the only way to deal with prolapse, but once a woman has had surgery (including a hysterectomy) she has a 500% greater chance than the rest of the population to go on and develop a further prolapse.  Prolapses and stress incontinence are largely preventable with the tips I have shared below. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Hints for Pushing


I love this article!  It has so many helpful hints and tips for how to let your pushing stage be straightforward and productive!  I wish I had read it when pregnant with my first!  This article talks a lot about primips – primips are women having their first babies, and multips are women who have already had one.  But either way, the advice in here is great. 🙂

http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=72

Pushing for Primips

This article originally appeared in Midwifery Today Magazine, Issue 55 (Winter, 2000). “Primips”-women having their first babies.

-by Gloria Lemay
The expulsion of a first baby from a woman’s body is a space in time for much mischief and mishap to occur. It is also a space in time where her obstetrical future often gets decided and where she can be well served by a patient, rested midwife. Why do I make the distinction between primip pushing and multip pushing? The multiparous uterus is faster and more efficient at pushing babies out and the multiparous woman can often bypass obstetrical mismanagement simply because she is too quick to get any.

It actually amazes me to see multips [women having second or more babies] being shouted at to “push, push, push” on the televised births on “A Baby Story”. My experience is that midwives must do everything they can to slow down the pushing in multips because the body is so good at expelling those second, third and fourth babies. In most cases with multips, having the mother do the minimum pushing possible will result in a nice intact perineum. As far as direction from the midwife goes, first babies are a different matter. I am not saying they need to be pushed out forcefully or worked hard on. Rather, I say they require more time and patience on the part of the midwife, and a smooth birth requires a dance to a different tune. Read the rest of this entry »

 

I needed to dilate to 12!


There is a massive myth that when you reach 10cm, you are ready to push out baby.  Apparently all babies have the exact same size head!  Why else would everyone need to reach the same dilation!  My DS2’s head circumference was 37cm (15.4″), which meant I needed to dilate to 12cm to birth him (He was 8lb 10oz).  With my smaller (6lb 8oz) DS1’s head circumference of 34cm (13.3″), I still needed to dilate to 11cm .Thinking about this, I really do think it is important that women wait until their bodies start to push, and then work with it, rather than submit to promptings from caregivers!  I mean, you might have 2 more centimeters to dilate – and we all know how long that can take!

Anyway, here is an interesting article for you! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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