A Bit of a Soapbox

Jillian here. I’m going to get on my soapbox about childbirth. As you all may recall, my nephew’s wife was pregnant and due to give birth soon the last time I blogged. I’m happy to say that the baby got here safely and is home and happy.

BUT I do have some concerns about the trends in childbirth I have seen recently. Specifically, the eagerness of doctors to perform C-sections and rush the process along.

My niece’s doctor started telling her he was going to induce her if she hadn’t had the baby before her due date (!!)- how weird is that? Most first babies are late and here he was going to induce her before her due date?

He had her show up at the hospital at 9 pm on a Sunday night- her baby hadn’t even dropped yet. They asked her to go ahead and sign a consent for a c-section… just in case. They hooked her up to the pitocin around 11:00 pm but had it going very slow until the doctor got there around 8 am when they turned it up. So, she stayed up all night, really, for no reason. Now, we  have an exhausted mother before we even get to the pushing stage.

She labored through the day and around 4 pm, the doctor started saying he was going to do a c-section by 5:30.

This had me in a uproar. It seemed to me that they were always going to do that. He timed her labor to take place during his work hours and even though she was progressing and the baby wasn’t in stress and she wanted to keep going, he wanted to get that baby delivered before he went home for dinner. Or, from the outside looking in, that sure seemed like what was happening.

His reason for the c-section? The baby hadn’t dropped into the birth canal.  Well, guess what, dude, that baby wasn’t ready to be born. Why go in before her due date?

It seems more and more to me that doctors want to have babies be born at their convenience, not when baby is ready. My advice for them is not to go into obstetrics if you want to work 8-5.

My sister said she was glad I wasn’t in California that day!  LOL!  Me, too. I was irate enough in  my texts to her as all this unfolded. 🙂

One of my son’s friends is pregnant and her doctor is already telling her that she may have to have a c-section. She’s five months along. Another friend’s doctor asked her to schedule an early c-section (first baby) because the doctor was going on vacation.

I know we have some nurses here but this is a layman’s perspective. I also know c-sections are wonderful when needed but I think they have been overused for convenience or for more fees to the doctor. I have a young friend who had one (and she needed it) but she couldn’t hold her baby because he weighed more than they wanted  her to lift after surgery. She was upset about that but in her case, it was necessary. I am only soapboxing about the ones that seem done for reasons other than distress.

Anyway, Mom and Baby are fine. It’s Great Aunt Jillian who needed a chill pill.  🙂





12 responses to “A Bit of a Soapbox

  1. First of all,l congratulations, G. Aunt Jillian, and to the new mom and family! Second, wow, that does pretty much sound like a doctor-elected c-section. I hope that isn’t a trend.

    • Thanks for the congrats! He’s adorable. I was trying to find a pic I could share but don’t have any without people’s faces! LOL! AND doesn’t it sound like the doc elected it? I’m glad you don’t think I was full of stuff and nonsense for thinking that. 🙂

  2. Ah, new baby. Congratulations. I’m thinking I would be looking for another doctor though. I err on the side of natural everything, even hesitate before popping an aspirin. Medicine has come a long way and I’m thankful for it but common sense takes precedence over convenience.

    • I am with you, Lavada. I am a big fan of letting things progress naturally. I am with you on not much meds, too. Thanks for the congrats. I can’t wait to meet the lil fella in person.

  3. Arghhhh!! I’m with you on this. I had c-sections, 30 years ago. But that was because I’d been in labor, was having legitimate problems and the baby was starting to distress. The cord was around his neck. Four years later I had another, because I chose to go that route rather than trying for a natural birth. But to hear of all these doctors trying to time the babies to their convenience. REALLY??
    I’m happy to learn it all ended well and baby is here and healthy.

    • Exactly, Trisha. There are many times a c-section is vital- like in your case. AND I am all for those. This other trend is what makes me crazy.

  4. First, congratulations on the new little fella and glad he’s well. I’ve always felt here in the UK they want you to give birth when they are ready and not you or the baby and seems to be the case more than ever now, Although nothing’s changed. When mine was born 45 years ago, they wanted to induce me because baby was late according to their records. I think the thought of that procedure shocked me into starting naturally. A natural birth when it is known all is well has got to be better for both mother and baby. After all, women have been giving birth for how many thousands of years??? I arrest my case.

    • Amen to that Kit. I totally agree. There were a lot of maternal deaths back in the day (and sadly, still some today) but I am a big proponent of letting baby come when baby is ready. AND I bet they did scare you into labor. LOL

    • and thanks for the congrats. Should’ve said that first. LOL

  5. Big congrats on the new baby! So pleased that mum and baby are doing fine. This does seem to be fairly common nowadays and it’s not the first time I’ve heard people say that babies are delivered at the most convenient time for the doctor and not as a natural process. Makes me wonder if the doctors are trying to get their allocated birth numbers in by a certain date. It seems everything else (at least here in the UK) is all about targets being met (and that can get me stepping up on my soapbox).

    • Thanks for the congrats, Tricia. He’s sure a cutie! AND yes, I have heard things about the NHS there that cause me concern as well. Our system here has basically turned into doctors having to focus on reports and not patient care. I have a good friend who is an ER doc and he says all they do is nag them about paperwork,

  6. Valerie J. Patterson

    Congratulations on the new baby! Always a huge blessing for a family! I have a very lovely friend who’s got two little girls. Both of them born outside of a hospital and at the hand of a midwife. Both very happy, healthy children, and mom is fine. A lot of women are choosing to give birth outside the hospital because of the c-section trend. Personally, I believe the world of medicine has evolved around the threat of malpractice. Doctors tend to be overly cautious because they don’t want to be sued. Just my spin on it.

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