Another vent about another medicated birth gone wrong

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Spacers's picture
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Another vent about another medicated birth gone wrong

My SIL had her first baby today. Baby was "sunnyside up" and she pushed for three hours. The doctor then tried using a vacuum. That didn't work, so it was off to surgery. Sad Did anyone suggest that she get on her hands & knees? Nope. Did anyone suggest she try squatting? Nope. She had an epidural and was flat on her back the whole time. Ugh. :cry: Thanks for listening.

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Ugh! It really is amazing to me how one position is all that is offered and encouraged...and it's a bad one. I wonder how many ladies push for considerably longer than necessary due to not knowing any other option. Of course, when you've opted for an epi then you likely don't have the ability to move into any other position. Even if capable the staff won't let you due to the risk. It would so suck to get close to the end and still have to go for surgery. Sad

I hope she has a quick recovery and is able to enjoy her new baby. Best wishes to the new mama! Smile

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Similar thing happened to a friend yesterday. She was 8cm, stalled, went with epi and pit, ended in c-section. I haven't gotten all the details yet, but I'm so frustrated with that domino effect of interventions. Sad

Best wishes for a quick recovery for your SIL.

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I'm sorry for your SIL and of course thoroughly annoyed at the medical system yet again. so stupid!!!!!

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So sorry for your SIL and I totally understand your frustration. My last baby was sunny side up and had I been in the hospital I am almost positive I would have ended up in a c-section because, even though my labor was natural, when I was pushing in a reclined position baby wasn't moving and his heart rate dropped and wasn't coming up. My midwife had me flip onto my hands and knees and 10 maybe 20 minutes later my little boy came out looking at me with his hands by his face. I have countless friends and family members that have had issues with hospital births and they are totally brain washed in the fact that they think it was all necessary, the don't look back at the birth and notice when things started going down and hill and why. Most of the time doctors are behind it too.

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I was so lucky to have a great MW with me when I had my 3rd. My water broke, I contracted for an hour or two, then they stopped. She wanted me to try to get them going at home and encouraged nipple stim, walking, even DTD (didn't go for that one, though), and maybe some other things I've forgotten. I eventually had to go in to be induced and had to wait for a room. I tried nipple stim again while waiting and the hospital nurse told me that "wasn't allowed". The MW rolled her eyes behind the nurse's back and when the nurse left completely ignored that I was still trying the nipple stim. Unfortunately, it didn't work (contrax kept stopping as soon as I stopped and I made no progress), but I'm glad I had someone on my side. Luckily, I respond really well to pit and my induction went fine.

I hope your SIL and friend both recover quickly and that their new babies are happy and healthy!

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My last baby was sunny side up. When I went into the hospital I was already dilated to 8....but then stayed at 8 for the next 3+ hours...he wasn't descending the rest of the way and I was having awful back labor. My midwife was convinced he was sunny side up so near the end when I was in so much pain that I was asking for an epidural (I never thought I would hear myself asking for one as all my births have been natural...but the back labor was so bad I couldn't handle it...and with me not dilating anymore and not having progress I was getting desperate) ...she suggested I stick it out, sent the anesthesiologist away (THANK GOODNESS she knew I could do it and had my best interests at heart) and told me to get on my hands and knees...about 20 minutes later he descended, turned to the right position, and I was ready to start pushing. 9 minutes later he was out!

Hope your SIL recovers quickly and both she and baby are doing fine now.

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"Meemers" wrote:

My last baby was sunny side up. When I went into the hospital I was already dilated to 8....but then stayed at 8 for the next 3+ hours...he wasn't descending the rest of the way and I was having awful back labor. My midwife was convinced he was sunny side up so near the end when I was in so much pain that I was asking for an epidural (I never thought I would hear myself asking for one as all my births have been natural...but the back labor was so bad I couldn't handle it...and with me not dilating anymore and not having progress I was getting desperate) ...she suggested I stick it out, sent the anesthesiologist away (THANK GOODNESS she knew I could do it and had my best interests at heart) and told me to get on my hands and knees...about 20 minutes later he descended, turned to the right position, and I was ready to start pushing. 9 minutes later he was out!

Hope your SIL recovers quickly and both she and baby are doing fine now.

I wish I had had your midwife when that same thing happened to me!

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I'm sorry about your SIL's experience, Stacey... How is she handling it? Does she feel that her birth wasn't managed properly? Or does she think the drs saved her baby? (which, by the way, under the circumstances, with no other resources at her disposal, they did.)

one thing I have been impressed with in the birth stories I've heard here (at least the hospitals in my region) is that an epi does not mean you will stay on your back. not all the MW's are well informed but enough are that they will move you when you're pushing even with meds. I am teaching a workshop now on birth processing, I have a total of 12 women in three groups and well over 40 babies between them! Of the several that included epidurals, most included the MW's and nurses and spouses helping the mother into a different position to push. So that's at least encouraging!

I know you're so equipped to help her with birth processing! But if you think she'd like to talk to someone not in her family, I'd be happy to set up a Skype session with her...

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"tanismom" wrote:

one thing I have been impressed with in the birth stories I've heard here (at least the hospitals in my region) is that an epi does not mean you will stay on your back. not all the MW's are well informed but enough are that they will move you when you're pushing even with meds. I am teaching a workshop now on birth processing, I have a total of 12 women in three groups and well over 40 babies between them! Of the several that included epidurals, most included the MW's and nurses and spouses helping the mother into a different position to push. So that's at least encouraging!

I'm in the US and actually with my first birth and epidural I ended up on my side for a while (with an Ob) and with my third birth (2nd epidural) my MW said if I could feel my legs I could push squatting if I wanted. My epidural was a little too thorough for that, though.