How easy it is to start down the road of interventions
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November 15th, 2009, 08:52 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Hey, so after last week, I'm feeling compelled to write a post about how easy it is to start down the path of interventions.
In the span of three days I went from being totally normal and pretty happy to supposedly having a bunch of things wrong with me. Here's what happened/is happening:
-I see my midwife, she thinks baby might be breech or positioning is off.
-I go in for an ultrasound the next day to confirm position.
-Baby is head down, yeah!
-Clinic OB comes in, says baby is oblique (so, a little off-center), please come in the next day to consult about a mini-version (more of a tweak than a full turn) after consult w/ midwife.
-Go in the next day, OB tells me my cervix is also very long and the baby is very large and I can expect a long and difficult labor, and will most likely go postmature, but if the baby came now, I'd most likely end up in hospital (incidentally where he feels all births should occur) thanks to the positioning. Have I considered transferring to in-hospital care?
-OB asks to check my cervix as a pre-cursor to doing a mini-version
-OB determines during cervical check that I'm "dangerously constipated" (??? sure, I was a little constipated, but I had actually just gone that day) and tells me he's considering sending me to a gastro-intestinal specialist for a consultation and possible surgery (at 38 weeks pregnant?!) to remove any possible impactions as he feels this is what is impeding baby's positioning and my 'progress.' Before doing that though, he thinks we should try some laxatives (gee, you think?) and he prescribes two different softeners, two stimulants and an enema. Needless to say, I tried one to start and it worked the next day (a little too well, oy vey...sorry, TMI?) and it's fine - Poo Disaster Crisis 2009 is Averted. Phew.
-I'm rescheduled to see same OB on Wednesday for mini-version, amniotic fluid check and possible additional lecture about my supposedly freakishly long cervix and giant baby making this birth impossible.
My midwife doesn't put much weight into the baby size stuff or the cervix issue. So, that's good. But, she does want me to check my amniotic fluid levels again and has left it up to me, but thinks the mini-version tweak is a pretty benign procedure that could really pay off in terms of peace of mind.
I just don't know if I want to see this OB again though. The mini-version/positioning thing, if still needed, would be nice, but I just don't know if I want to put up with this guy's **** again, you know?
I mean, if I had agreed to half the things he was saying, I would have already gone in for a supervised induction (with a friendly enema pre-show of course). It was so wild and surreal and just really shocking to me how easy it is to start down this path of interventions...you hear about how easy it is to fall into the trap of fear and think "psshhht, not me" or "not this OB, he's a nice guy and knows I want a NCB, he wouldn't suggest this unless it was really necessary" but it really is so darn easy.
Last week, I learned that
one thing really does seem to lead to another
and I'm scared that if I keep going in, I'm not going to be able to stop it next time.
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