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what does the anesthesiologist know about birth methods? All he/she knows is what goes one when they come into to do an epi or spinal. My guess would be they've seen or heard it talked about and "failing" while putting in an epidural.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
The Bradley method is very successful and I'm sure this guy has no first hand experience with any NCB method. So yeah, I wouldn't trust his opinion on this subject at all. Sounds to me like he wants to make someone looking for NCB seem like they can't do it. I don't know why he would say that to someone who is pregnant and planning a NCB.
Since I am a nurse anesthetist, maybe I can shed light on why he'd say something so idiotic. Some mommies doing Bradley (or any other method of NCB) get so hung up and focused on a vaginal delivery, that they'll refuse a c-section even when baby is doing very poorly. I hate to say it, but I've seen a brain injured baby from hypoxia.....that could most likely been prevented if Mom would have said yes to an earlier C-section. It's a fine balance.....
With that said, he probably does hate Bradley since it means no epi, no money for him. (Just being realistic for a moment)
The most important thing in any birth is a healthy baby and healthy mom. I believe the way to get there is via the least number of interventions possibe. Which is why I'm trying my hardest for a NCB and studying hypnobabies! It makes me VERY RARE in my field.
It's hard to make that decision to agree to a csection, when it feels like your NCB is being pulled away from you. I pray I don't have to run into that decision myself. I don't know how long I'll be able to refuse a section if my LO's heartrate continued to stay low.
It's sad how many people think that giving birth without drugs is either impossible or just stupid. I suppose it's one of the only painful things that brings great rewards. Otherwise, we are told pain is bad and we need drugs to fix it. I'm not suprised to hear that from someone in that field though. Chances are, he knows nothing about the Bradley Method.
On that note, my midwife discussed a little about the Bradley Method in my childbirth class. She did say that she didn't feel it was helpful or neccessary, although I do have to disagree. With my first daughter, we also had a birth class our hospital taught, which had one class on breathing techniques. I feel that's what helped me through my labor. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe my instinct would have kicked in and I would have known how to breath through contractions. I remembered the exercises we had done in that class though, and it had given me a good foundation to work off of. I like the idea of going into labor with an open mind, accepting what is happening, working with my body and doing what I need to, to work through the contractions. I think what is especially important is having the information to know when medical interventions are neccessary and how to work with your labor to help it progress.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)