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I think the most frustrating thing about childbirth and hospitals is how much trust people put into docs and hospital staff.
I did have a hospital birth, but couldn't belive how many un-competant people there were. When I got there and got checked, my Mom in law asked the nurse how effaced I was and what station the baby's head was ( she used to be a midwife) the nurse actually said, and I quote " ummm I don't know, I'm not really good at that stuff, but she is 6cm dilated" HUH??? I KNOW I was fully dilated because I had pasted transition and was feeling the severe urge to push! So, you can imagine my husbands demeaner when she came at me with an IV needle.. he said "you get ONE try and ONE try only" He know's how much I despised having a heplock or IV... Well, of course she missed ( i know it can happen and I was a little dehydrated" but she dug and dug and dug around! OK sorry to go on and on, but one more thing, when we got to the recovery section of the hospital, this ancient nurse said "OK, I am going to take your baby now to the nursery to get a bath" we said " oh no you are not, she doesn't need a bath, we want to do that at home when we leave tomorrow" She looked at us like we were crazy and said " well, I'll have to check with my nurse manager" and we said "please, send her in here if you like, because our baby is NOT getting out of our site for a second, she is not dirty" I wanted to keep her vernix on because it's good for baby's skin...
OK OK enough and I made my point, but overall, the experience was a good one because we knew our rights... but my best friend has a daughter who is going through chemo and has been in and out of the hospital.. **** MOMS!! don't ever assume that hopsital always know's what is going on or what is best for your baby.. ALWAYS question and if it doesnt' seem right.. QUESTION QUESTION QUESTION.. this poor little girl who is only 2 has a port where they acessher instead of an IV.. on her last visit it kept falling out, then they kept re-sticking her and it's very painful. All they had to do was use this simple cream to numb it up, it takes 15 minutes, but they were too lazy to do it !! They did this 3 or 4 times to this poor little girl who has already been through cancer twice and has gone through so much! I asked my friend WHY DIDNT YOU SAY SOMETHING OR ASK!! She says " I assumed they knew what they were doing" !! UUUUGGGG
Just know your rights, and be educated, this applies to all situations..
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thanks for putting all that down. i think too many people put way to much trust in the system. and you are soo right in pointing out the lack of training and competance many of these so called professionals have.
it is sooo neccesasry for all of us to arm ourselves with knowledge and know our rights.