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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatherbella View Post
    No worries. I've noticed the rate of inductions and elective c-sections seems to be getting higher in the US. SO many women have inductions 'just because'. I've also noticed that one medical intervention (such as an induction) leads to more medical interventions (such as an epidural). It's sad.
    I asked a nurse and she said the induction rate at the hospital I was working at most recently (which is a fairly large and busy hospital for the area) she said 80% of all the births there were inductions. Which to me seems like WWWWAAAAYYYY to many.



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    I am lucky enough to have an OB that is open to natural births ( which I had two of in a hospital). He shares a practice with a midwife. With. DD he did break my water, but I was glad to have that done! People have joked that if we have a third, that I should just plan to have the baby at home, because I labor so quick. I personally feel better being at a hospital, in case there is an emergency. I know many hospitals aren't like mine and I thankful mine is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma Leah View Post
    I am lucky enough to have an OB that is open to natural births ( which I had two of in a hospital). He shares a practice with a midwife. With. DD he did break my water, but I was glad to have that done! People have joked that if we have a third, that I should just plan to have the baby at home, because I labor so quick. I personally feel better being at a hospital, in case there is an emergency. I know many hospitals aren't like mine and I thankful mine is!
    Ditto to almost all of your post! I see a MW practice that is linked to OB's so you can easily switch if needed. With DD I was glad my midwife broke my water - I was 10cm dialated at the time and ready to go and it helped push her out. I also feel better in a hospital just in case and have quick labors - 8hrs total and 7 1/2 hours total with my kiddos - no drugs at all. I'm also very thankful I have the choices I have at my hospital. There are parts of the US that what I've experienced never happens.


    heather - there is proven research that inductions lead to more interference, from epidural to c-section.

    Not saying that c-sections or inductions are bad per se - but they are both way over used and over pushed at least in many parts of the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatherbella View Post
    I hear ya on the genetic testing. We wouldn't be having it if my step daughter didn't have a missing section of a chromosome. She's 15 but is mentally 1.5 years old. Her life isn't a great one.
    Well, hang on now.. According to whom?

    It's like a fish.. a fish doesn't know anything but swimming in circles.. so knowing just that, as long as the fish has water and food, it's happy! To US, adults, who KNOW what we would be missing if we didn't have it, it would not be a "great" life.. but this young lady knows happiness and smiles and certainly the love of her family. As long as she has what she knows makes her feel good, she's got a "great" life.

    Just my opinion, of course..
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    what exactly is a blood patch? I had a friend who had to have this done but didn't want to ask her details, as she was not doing well, and it didnt help. i was induced and ended up with an epi bc of it. I have had back problems since.. unless it is absolutely necessary I won't be having it done again. (the induction or the epi). The epi did not work for me so I might as well not have had it to begin with, but I was at a standstill with progression and they said that when induced the epi is sometimes needed so I got it. HATED being induced and have no idea why ppl do it wilingly!

    As for first dr appt. we ahve moved since we had DS so i won't be going to my old dr. I called a new office today and they added me right in. I am scheduled for Oct 26 9am. which works out great bc I already had to take a full day off of work to go to an eye appt that is 2 hrs away, so I can kill two birds with one stone ( or 2 appts with one absence! and only need a sub once!)

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    Blood patch: Dr puts in the spinal, someone draws your blood right after they get it in the right spot, then they shove the blood that was drawn into the epidural space. (Thinking about this makes me queasy.) And like I have said I would not have participated had I KNOWN what it was before hand.

    I didn't have any trouble with the epidural, my mom works at the hospital I had DS at, and knows a good portion of the doctors, and routinely worked with the anesthesiologist a lot. She trusted him so I trusted him. He got it in the right spot right away (or so I believe I was blacking out A LOT at that point) I didn't have any of the after effects. I was pretty lucky I think. BUT NEEDLES FREAK ME THE F* OUT, always have always will. Even at this point if given the opportunity, I will draw my own blood and start my own IVs, don't know why I am slightly more ok with that, but I know how I stick, I know I will do it right, I have seen a lot of nurses/lab people miss on the easiest patients.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MJDttc View Post
    Blood patch: Dr puts in the spinal, someone draws your blood right after they get it in the right spot, then they shove the blood that was drawn into the epidural space. (Thinking about this makes me queasy.) And like I have said I would not have participated had I KNOWN what it was before hand.

    I didn't have any trouble with the epidural, my mom works at the hospital I had DS at, and knows a good portion of the doctors, and routinely worked with the anesthesiologist a lot. She trusted him so I trusted him. He got it in the right spot right away (or so I believe I was blacking out A LOT at that point) I didn't have any of the after effects. I was pretty lucky I think. BUT NEEDLES FREAK ME THE F* OUT, always have always will. Even at this point if given the opportunity, I will draw my own blood and start my own IVs, don't know why I am slightly more ok with that, but I know how I stick, I know I will do it right, I have seen a lot of nurses/lab people miss on the easiest patients.
    DD was born at NCK and while my mom works at TMC, she was in partial mom mode.. partial nurse mode. lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJDttc View Post
    I asked a nurse and she said the induction rate at the hospital I was working at most recently (which is a fairly large and busy hospital for the area) she said 80% of all the births there were inductions. Which to me seems like WWWWAAAAYYYY to many.
    Wow, that is really high! I don't like that trend.


    Quote Originally Posted by Momma Leah View Post
    I am lucky enough to have an OB that is open to natural births ( which I had two of in a hospital). He shares a practice with a midwife. With. DD he did break my water, but I was glad to have that done! People have joked that if we have a third, that I should just plan to have the baby at home, because I labor so quick. I personally feel better being at a hospital, in case there is an emergency. I know many hospitals aren't like mine and I thankful mine is!
    That sounds like an ideal set-up. OBs who work closely with Midwives are often much more open minded.


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    heather - there is proven research that inductions lead to more interference, from epidural to c-section.

    Not saying that c-sections or inductions are bad per se - but they are both way over used and over pushed at least in many parts of the US.
    Yes, it's like they are making pregnancy and birth a medical condition like a heart defect...not the 'natural' thing that it is. I mean, obviously there are some instances where it is required.


    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveMyMiniMe View Post
    Well, hang on now.. According to whom?

    It's like a fish.. a fish doesn't know anything but swimming in circles.. so knowing just that, as long as the fish has water and food, it's happy! To US, adults, who KNOW what we would be missing if we didn't have it, it would not be a "great" life.. but this young lady knows happiness and smiles and certainly the love of her family. As long as she has what she knows makes her feel good, she's got a "great" life.

    Just my opinion, of course..
    My DSD sort of spends her life in a fog. She has been diagnosed with Autism although it's likely because of the genetic condition but it manifests similar to Autism. She can't talk and now that she's 15 she likely never will. She will never call DH 'daddy' or tell him she loves him. She can't feed herself, let alone get food for herself. She drinks from a sippy cup. She is not toilet trained and wears adult diapers. She will never grow up and she will never leave home. She had many different medical issues as a child and was in and out of Children's hospital for things like muscle biopsies and multiple bouts of pneumonia. While DH obviously loves his daughter, they has been through a lot emotionally. Even when our DD makes a milestone, it is bittersweet as it reminds him of what DSD will never do.

    The one solace I have with DSD is she doesn't know she's different. There are so many kids in the world with physical disabilities who are fine mentally. Those kids know they are different and it can often be emotionally hard on them. DSD doesn't have the mental capacity to know she is different, so she seems at peace with her life.

    Anyways, I think it's one of those "until you've walked in someone else's shoes" sort of situation.
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    My first appointment with my midwife is the 23rd
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    I'm not going until November 13th. I know it's kind of pointless to go in super early but this just seems like such a long wait for me lol. I had a really good experience with my epi too. I was scared to get it but happy I did. I will be getting one this time as well.
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