Thursday, August 17, 2006

Rantings of a Pregnant Heretic

Just one quick rant. I just finished up two large CPR classes, AND my kids started school today. I didn't even get to see them off this morning, my husband had the pleasure. I should have planned better. Anyway, I went to my La Leche League meeting yesterday with my daughter-in-law and I swear I've never seen so many pregnant ladies at an LLL meeting. More than half of the membership is expecting! Well, we are going around introducing ourselves and one very pregnant lady gives her name, and states her due date as though it was a certainty. (I never give a specific due date, I always say, "I'm due mid-October" because who the hell knows when the baby will decide to come. I think due dates set women up and only make them impatient and docs nervous when it comes and goes and still no baby. They should be used only as a guide, an estimate, an educated guess, but no one treats them that way anymore.) As she continues speaking it becomes clear that she is either scheduled for an induction or a cesarean that day. She then comments about the baby being big. All my alarms start to go off. Her baby is not "too big." This is one of those common lines that docs feed women to convince them to induce. What the hell is too big? Is the baby 12 pounds? Because thats the largest I've seen deliver at home and it obviously wasn't too big because it came on out. Inwardly, I shook my head, outwardly I remained composed. What is this crap about docs telling women their babies are too big? And then no one seems to notice that all these too big, had to be induced babies hover around 7 pounds or less. News flash; babies should be big and fat. The uterus and vagina are designed to accommodate that. They do stretch ya know. Meanwhile, moms are being induced (which for me is just code for "Pre-Cesarean") for what chalks up to be premature babies, who end up NICU bound. I saw 37 week deliveries become so common I began to wonder if it really took 40 weeks to grow a baby. (Well it does to grow a healthy one) Deep breath, breathe, breathe. Anyway, that's my rant on epidemic unnecessary inductions. Tune in next time for my rant on epidemic unnecessary cesareans.

4 comments:

emjaybee said...

So many doctors really suck; they start with the c/sec talk on your first visit these days. Sadly, as I discovered, just because midwives sound supportive, that doesn't mean they'll stand by you 42 weeks in...and my induction was definitely a c/sec prep, which is exactly what happened. It's amazing anyone gives birth vaginally in a hospital.

My problem now when I meet women like that is not knowing if I should say anything. If they seem scared, I do usually try to tell them about EMTALA, because deep down I was afraid to fight my midwives because I thought they might stick me out on the curb mid-labor. And hospitals don't want you to know that they can't do that by law.

Laborpayne said...

Good point emjaybee. EMTALA is underused by patients (and badly misused by hospitals, but thats another rant). I too struggled with whether or not to say something to that woman, but I thought how can I, a total stranger compete with a practitioner she has a 9 month relationship with (or more if she had her first baby with him/her)? She didn't seem to display any concern or fears for me to glob onto and lets face it, lots of women relish an early induction to "get the pregnancy over with".

Mimi said...

I can't even imagine being told a baby is "too big" but I hear it again, and again.

lisavc said...

A lady I know personally had three of hers induced early by 2 and 3 weeks simply because she was sick of being pregnant. I was disgusted with her and even more disgusted with the doctor for continually giving into her.