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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 »

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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 »
 

Official recommendations


Here’s a bit of research I have undertaken to find out what the official guidelines are on these potentially contentious issues. Long Pregnancies, PROM, Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Breech Birth and VBAC.  I wanted to find more official guidelines on different topics, but I couldn’t think of more topics to look up!  It’s always good to know what the professional organisations recommend, compared to what your doctor is recommending.
 

ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) on
Long pregnancies
2006
http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp069.cfm

Most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. But very few babies are born on their due dates. It is normal to give birth as much as 3 weeks before or 2 weeks after your due date.

A postterm pregnancy is one that lasts 42 weeks or longer.

Problems occur in only a small portion of postterm pregnancies. Most women who give birth after the due date have healthy newborns. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Your Body, Your Birth, Your Baby


The Mumma who wrote this – Birth Without Fear, is absolutely awesome!  She runs a Facebook group by that same name, and is currently encouraging over 6,300 women to birth without fear!  It’s a fantastic community – everyone supports one another, and there really is a lot of very healthy discussion about a whole range of issues. I’d fully encourage every pregnant woman, or even every woman thinking about becoming pregnant, to join that community, and either participate, or sit back and learn from some very learned ladies! https://www.facebook.com/birthwithoutfear 

Your Body, Your Birth, Your Baby

http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2010/11/12/your-body-your-birth-your-baby/
by Birth Without Fear on November 12, 2010

OB, doctor, pregnancy, birthI do not know where women got the idea that doctors are a ‘knight in shining armor’ here to rescue them. Actually, the AMA has been incredible at making themselves fit that role. Regardless, it’s a lie.

When I hear a mama say, “They are going to let me…” I cringe. I absolutely want to vomit. Since when do they own you?! IT IS NOT UP TO THEM how and where you birth. It is up to YOU!

You have been deceived. Your doctor is not a knight in shining armor here to save the day. You do not have to just be happy with what they will and will not let you do. You do not need saving. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Pregnancy is not 40 weeks long


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Lie of the Estimated Due Date (EDD): Why Your Due Date Is Not What You Think
http://www.drmomma.org/2009/06/lie-of-estimated-due-date-edd-why-your.html

By Misha Safranski
posted with permission

We have it ingrained in our heads throughout our entire adult lives-pregnancy is 40 weeks. The “due date” we are given at that first prenatal visit is based upon that 40 weeks, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. When we are still pregnant after that magical date, we call ourselves “overdue” and the days seem to drag on like years. The problem with this belief about the 40 week EDD is that it is not based in fact. It is one of many pregnancy and childbirth myths which has wormed its way into the standard of practice over the years-something that is still believed because “that’s the way it’s always been done”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in All, Due dates, overdue

 
 
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