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NinjaCakes July 31st, 2013 12:24 PM

Natural hospital birth
 
So, now that I've got a minute and I'm thinking about it, I was curious about something. How many other women here have had medical staff fight you not to have a natural birth? I have to be honest, I'm still astounded that I was up against so much resistance, threats and all!

keekopeeko July 31st, 2013 01:18 PM

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Nothing at all like your experience... But the dr fought so hard for me to get an IV with my #3 birth... I continued to refuse...

mindyjean August 5th, 2013 07:12 PM

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Yes, they fight hard with me. Which is why I will have a doula this time around, and already told my OB that I am not doing an IV (he put it in my chart) with #3. I am hoping my doula's presence will take care of the problem!

Memi August 6th, 2013 08:13 PM

Im so thankful that I didnt have this problem. I really contribute it to the super hands off practice I used tho, I assume all of the nurses just know their typical patient is wanting a birth to be as natural as possible and are use to accommodating that now.

ashj_1218 August 7th, 2013 08:19 AM

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I experienced a small bit in my second birth. But truthfully I think the pressure was coming from the doctor, who didn't want to be on call all night while I labored. He was visibly deflated when we discovered the breech baby had flipped. I know he would have much preferred a c-section and to go home to sleep. I do feel I was pressured into things during his birth that I otherwise might not have been or done if in was in a more supportive environment. My nurse was very apologetic, but when the doc is screaming about pushing pitocin and I am on that lovely time clock (broken waters), there isn't much you can do to argue besides walk out. I didn't feel like I had a lot of options but to follow the tide that was coming, even with my doula. They used some warfare on her too, because I had some medical conditions that they said were affecting their decisions (I am quite sure they had nothing to do with it).

I did feel in my first and third births the staff and doctors were working WITH me to get me my natural birth. My nurse even said at the end of Jos birth that she was happy it turned out how it did because she would have been disappointed FOR me if I had gone so far without meds and was rocking it as best I could, if I had ended up with a c-section. So I appreciated that they were trying to work with what we had and not throwing their hands up and being like "let's just do what we want."

PrincessCelestia August 7th, 2013 08:28 AM

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With DD2 my midwife was all for my going natural. I had actually been schedule for induction due to being just over a week "past dates", but went into labor on my own. I stalled out though and had to get pitocin after around 7cm and 20 hours of labor (12 of which were in the hospital, as I had arrived at my scheduled induction time). I got an epidural because I was scared senseless at how bad the induced contractions would feel. It only worked on my left leg just below the hip, so I felt everything anyhow. :rolleyes:

DD1 I was in serious pain, and the epidural was very welcome (and almost didn't happen).

allmylove August 18th, 2013 08:11 AM

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I didn't have any problem with staff wanting me to do anything other than do what I was doing. They were surprised, but didn't push anything. :) I encourage women to try hospital births, for many reasons.

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GranolaMamaOf3 August 28th, 2013 12:02 PM

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I have not had to deal with any personally, but I have been doula for some who had pit being pushed heavily because of broken waters... even though their "clock" still had plenty of time left. Oh and the one OB was really mad that mom was refusing IV antibiotics for GBS. The words "compassion" and "respect" were not in that particular OB's vocabulary, unfortunately. :( (both were successful in their NCB though, despite the negativity and pressure :))

moxiemommie October 3rd, 2013 10:35 AM

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I have two sons and went through this with the first. My water broke at 7:50-8am, we got to the drs at 9. My contractions were strong and 7 min apart before I got to tge hosp. The nurses were great . So thr mid wife that was supposed to deliver me ( the dr was doing s c section, it was a sunday, and they have certified midwives unless its an emergency, then dr delivers you) Anyway she strolls in at 11:15 1130, didnt even introduce herself before saying I was doing an awful job through labor and that I HAD to have an epidural. ( this is BEFORE ANYONE checked me! I wasnt crying yelling or saying much at all! Just breathing!) Nurses said I was dping great... anyways then she checked me turned out I was about 5-6, she couldnt tell. Anyways she ended up getting so pushy, I was ready to walk out and deliver the baby in our car, not even joking, My hubs ended up telling her off. I requested a dr but thats how I found out he was doing a c section... The nurse was off duty at 2, but stayed until I had him at 2:38pm. :) Loved that nurse. The midwife pamela lemke at kaiser in san jose ca, is a B. She was SO rude! Had mt second at the same place, they didnt push but did try to push the pitocin to help me dialate ( cuz i felt so much pressure, like I had to push at 7cm) they didnt give me any but I had to keep refusing. They were still great though. Had him just shy of 5hrs. I was appauled that I had to fight for it though.

I should add that my labors were normal not high risk baby was down, head first. They were both ideal labors and "easy"

moxiemommie October 3rd, 2013 11:11 AM

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Oh yes, and I had an iv for both didnt refuse! But with this one as long as there are no problems, I think I want to go IV- less!

NinjaCakes October 4th, 2013 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by ashj_1218 (Post 27570564)
I didn't feel like I had a lot of options but to follow the tide that was coming, even with my doula. They used some warfare on her too, because I had some medical conditions that they said were affecting their decisions (I am quite sure they had nothing to do with it).

I felt absolutely the same way. It was a Sunday - both attending OB's day off - and they had tried to push an induction down my throat the week before. They knew I was going to refuse for a full week before I was in labor and still fought me tooth and nail. The certified midwife who called on my behalf when I was being bullied was told, "We don't have time to deal with you." and hung up on!

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Originally Posted by GranolaMama (Post 27617292)
I have not had to deal with any personally, but I have been doula for some who had pit being pushed heavily because of broken waters... even though their "clock" still had plenty of time left.

That's exactly what happened to me. My water had been broken an hour and a half when the word pitocin came up - I was absolutely floored! I quoted hospital policy to the OB - 24 hours before intervention (a resident AND an L&D nurse told me that to encourage me to accept manual membrane rupture) - and she said when she takes her car to the mechanic she doesn't question him. Seriously?

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Originally Posted by moxiemommie (Post 27700290)
I wasnt crying yelling or saying much at all! Just breathing!) Nurses said I was dping great...The nurse was off duty at 2, but stayed until I had him at 2:38pm. :) Loved that nurse.

I was very calm too, I'm just a quiet person at heart. One of the OB's actually said I couldn't be in real active labor because I wasn't "freaking out." I had one of those nurses too - I had no idea that she was supposed to be off an hour and a half before she left! She told me after that she was determined to stay with me no matter what.

HeatherLyn429 October 11th, 2013 08:38 PM

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I've had to fight off pitocin in the past. I had an ob years ago who loved t augment labors with it. And since I have a heploc already (I vbac and this is one thing with a vbac I do agree with and consent to having iv access) BUT it makes it easier to try and give me pitocin. I gave gotten more vocal as I've gotten older and had more births so with my last baby I told the nurse she better write it big and in red in my chart NO PITOCIN. I absolutely positively will not do it. Just because my body doesn't labor perfectly with perfect ctx patterns according to a text book doesn't mean it's doing anything wrong.! It gets the job done on its own time and doesn't need any help to get the job done.

neon October 12th, 2013 05:37 PM

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My hospital was very supportive of my natural birth wishes, and they followed all my wishes and birth plan perfectly. I did have pitocin after delivery (because of excessive bleeding, and to prevent needing a transfusion) but nothing else.

Kelllilee October 14th, 2013 09:43 PM

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I didn't have any issues other than "needing" to get out of the tub and be on the monitoring strip for a while every hour or so. No IV, no drugs, nothing. I don't even remember anyone asking if I wanted any of those things.

crunchywannabe October 16th, 2013 07:35 AM

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I was so lucky. My hospital was all about natural birth! They don't even offer epidurals, I'd have to be transfered to a hospital 45+ minutes away if I wanted one. I did use gas during my LO's delivery, but that was all me asking for it, nobody offered anything. My labour did progress nicely on it's own, so I was never faced with coming up with a way to move things along, but I have heard that even the Drs will get after nurses who want to use Pit vs providing a breast pump.(I had a midwife) I guess the only issue I ran into was that they don't allow water births, but I was able to stay in the tub as long as I wanted until it was go time. I was pretty grateful that my experience was so positive.

ChicaChels October 16th, 2013 08:38 AM

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with my first, i had one OB tell me they needed to do an "emergency c/s" for decelerations (I was induced at 37w for pre-e) but my midwife advocated, and i went on to have a vaginal birth with no pain medications. with my 2nd, no time to offer anything because i walked in pushing but the hospital has a rep for NCB..they do water birth, shower birth, encourage dad/partner/mom/whomever isnt a medical provider to catch the baby, routinely delay cord clamping, skin to skin is encouraged, no formula bags, etc. its great

therevslady October 17th, 2013 07:11 AM

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I have had to battle somewhat during my hospital births, but not too bad. I've supported many mothers as a doula through some difficult hospital policy navigation. And you know, some of those difficult births were at the hospitals around here known for natural childbirth. It all just depends on the nurses present that day, and what is going on in nurse world at the hospital. It is completely unpredictable when they are going to push and you have to push back.


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