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A Tiny Rant

I am SO tired of hearing about moms who "are measuring big"/"have a small pelvis" and so their doc schedules an induction ... 4-5 days before the Fourth of July.

You don't think they have holiday plans, do you?

The worst part - I've heard of at least five moms who this is happening to.




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Jun. 18th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I find it incerdible that people supposed to help you during your pregnancy behave that way. They do that here too.
Jun. 18th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised at some of the things care providers do. That's why I feel it's so important that parents are educated and take control of their own births. It's so sad when a momma says, "Well I should trust my doctor, right?" If folks research the interventions these docs are pushing, they'd truly be able to choose what's best for their family. Too often unnecessary inductions lead down a slippery slope of interventions...which all too often culminates in a cesarean. And if the doc wants to use cytotec to induce - oh my. I wanted to keep it to a tiny rant, so I won't even get started. :P
Jun. 18th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I agree. What ever happened to the theory "when the apple's ripe it will fall". I know that toward the end we all get/got anxious. I know I did. So I went into nesting mode... cleaned.. washed floors, walls. LOL... I know there are times when being induced is called for for the safety of all.... but not when they are simply made up for the sake of convenience. that infuriates me. They put everyone at risk!

deeeeeep breaths... LOl

Jun. 18th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)

And I just loathe seeing docs either blatantly lie or omit important info. How can that be informed consent?

Biiiiiiig deep breaths. :)
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Jun. 18th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Cytotec, or Misoprostol, is a drug often used for inductions. However, cytotec is not approved by the FDA for pregnant women. It has caused so many complications during labor, including deaths of baby or mother, hysterectomies, and brain damage.

CIMS: Problems & Hazards of Inductuion of Labor This is a FANTASTIC resource and has a whole section on Cytotec

ICAN: Misoprostol (Cytotec) for Labor Induction: A Cautionary Tale

ICAN: Position Statement: Induction of Labor Doesn't mention cytotec, which is covered elsewhere, but a good resource

Inductions: Pitocin & Cytotec

Ina May: A Summary of Articles...About Cytotec

Cytotec Contraindications & Warnings

Cytotec: Safe for Inducing Labor This is by Henci Goer - she is an AWESOME resource. If you haven't read Henci's book "A Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth", you should. While she's a bit opinionated, she has some of the best research documentation available for practically EVERY intervention. A must read for all pregnant or TTC mommas!!!
Jun. 18th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Whoops - excuse all the typos. It's THE Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
Jun. 18th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
You are a wealth of information, I love it! I love seeing the ways you get the word out. :)

My poor, dear cousin just went down the slippery slope herself recently-- epidural that ended up c-section. Also, I love henci Goer's book! And Ina May, she's my here. <3

It is so sad how little people question ANYthing. I'd like to see all women (& their partners) researching the entire birth process & making *their own decisions*!! It's really not that difficult! But, I'd also like to see people doing this with their food choices. I am equally frustrated that people abuse & consume animals like they do, without doing the research onto how that animal got on their plate. Sigh. The world would be so much better with more questioning & researching on everyone's part.
Jun. 18th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, why thank you so much! I do try to see women educated & informed. Henci's book IS awesome, and Ina May is a goddess. I have to admit to being a meat eater. I was a vegetarian for many years, but I love the meat too much. :(
Jun. 18th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, well maybe it's time you reminded yourself how that animal got on your plate! Haha. I recommend this movie:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3251419433163515470 (that's the link for the actual movie, her's the site about:)
OK well nevermind, their site is down. Here's a review: http://www.vegparadise.com/media9.html

But anyway, just let me know if you want me to point you in the direction of some fascinating articles on meat/milk/egg production, or on what cage-free & organic REALLY mean. THIS is the area that *I* have a wealth of knowlege in! HEE HEE.

It's truly amazing how educational the internet can be. When my 1st shortling was born 14 yrs ago, I had NO idea there was any reason in the world to question vaccines or hospital births or episiotomies or ANYthing at all! And my birth experience was FAR from decent. I discovered the internet about 12 mos after my 2nd shortling was born, but AT LEAST by then I had found Mothering magazine which changed my life & gave me some empowerment. By my 3rd kid, I'd become Ms Stay Away From Me, This Is MY birth experience! And keep your tests/vaccines/bottles/needles/etcetcetc away from me & my baby, thanks. :) Y'know?
Jun. 18th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, I forgot how to spell today. I meant "HERE'S the site about IT"...
Jun. 18th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for those links! I can't seem to get movies to play on my dial-up, but I will check it out next time I'm over at my mom's house. 'All knowledge is worth having'. If you did a blog post about it, I would be very interested in reading it. ;)

We are trying to cut back on our meat intake, though. All part of our weight loss goals. Practically the only thing Eden will eat is chicken or fish, but I'm sneaking them in in the form of chicken, salmon, or tuna salads. I'm hoping to eventually get her down to just the salad itself, but it's a vegi battle with her these days.
Jun. 18th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
LOL!!! did you know there is NO sound evidence supporting the "theory" that babies get to big for the pelvis?....granted some can and do, its not the rampant phenomina OB's make it out to be. I will have to find the link to the article on it. I also get a kick out of women who totally buy into that with out a second thought and end up with a 7lb baby...idiots....If the mothers arent questioning the ob's motives, thats their loss, no?.. ;)
Jun. 18th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know that! The pelvis is flexible!

Now I have heard of, like, the 4 ft asian woman marrying a 6.5 ft linebacker and having trouble birthing a big baby, but such things are soooooooo rare. But why on earth would you schedule an induction rather than trial-of-labor???

It may be their loss, but it's WRONG. That's why I work to see women educated. So many traumas could be diverted if only all women took their care into their own hands - and hearts & heads!
Jun. 18th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
I totally agree that its wrong. But how is the OB gonna pay his mortgage if the woman DOESN"T get that IV, and the PIT, and the cytotec, then the section? Heaven forbid that she should come in and labor naturally with NO interventions, who would need a hospital if that happened?
Women arent being educated about these interventions because theres no MONEY in it.... Same with breastfeeding. Who has more money to lobby with, infamil or LLL?
I want to change the system. If I can change some womens minds along the way thats awesome, but if we could just change WHERE and HOW women birth I think things would just fall into place.
What I want tot know is why an OB wouldnt want to educate themselves on anything outside of what they have already learned...Never heard of continued education? >grumble< Men, they think they know everything, how do you change that, lol?..
Jun. 18th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
How do I change that? One educational and empowering blog entry at a time, one client at a time...

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Jun. 18th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)

How can ignorance be so rampant? Yeah, humans for the last 20,000 weren't evolved enough to birth without hospitals...How the hell did we get here? That poor person is probably in for a traumatic birth. Good for you for having common sense enough to know better than that!

You were irked because deep down, women know how to birth babies. That's what our bodies were designed for, and we do it beautifully if given half the chance!
Jun. 18th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Your Icon is awesome!!! LOL!!!!
Jun. 18th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! Thanks. I have no clue who made it, but feel free to gank if you want. I love it.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I will be sure to contact you should I ever have the priviledge of becoming pregnant :-) I know NOTHING about this stuff.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
I will be sure to contact you should I ever have the priviledge of becoming pregnant :-)

Aww, thanks - what a compliment!

I know NOTHING about this stuff.

Just keep reading, and you will. That's my goal, anyway. :-}
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