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Epidurals and Cesareans

I found this interview with Dr. Aaron Caughey, by Kate Fillion, enlightening as well as fascinating.  If you are considering using an epidural, I strongly encourage you to read this!!!


Here are a couple of excerpts from this interview:

Dr. Caughey says, “The epidural slows labour down. Many times, in the first stage, after an epidural you’ll see a decrease in the rate of contractions. In the second stage it’s blockading your nerves, so you have less motor strength and can’t push as hard.”

Q: Is there an incentive for a physician to order a C-section even if it’s the woman’s first pregnancy?

A: The physician doesn’t make that much more for a Caesarean delivery, about 10 per cent more in the U.S. For the physician, the main incentive is related to time and convenience. If I’m on call all weekend, and I’ve got somebody in labour who’s been six centimetres dilated for a couple of hours and it’s 5 p.m. on a Friday—well, if I do a C-section now, I might get to leave the hospital to see my family. If I give her two more hours, and she dilates further, that still doesn’t mean she’s ready to deliver. It could be midnight before she’s completely dilated, and then she could push for three or four hours, and at the end, I’m paid about the same as if I’d just done the C-section 12 hours earlier.


Dr. Aaron Caughey on labour and how epidurals changed childbirth…a must read!!!

http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/09/26/on-labour-how-epidurals-changed-childbirth-and-why-women-don%e2%80%99t-have-to-push-so-much/#.ToMZqTC_YnA.facebook

PREECLAMPSIA

Preeclampsia is a serious condition that should not be ignored.

If you have been told you have this condition, discuss it with your care provider and learn what you can so you are better able to take care of your baby and yourself. Remember…knowledge is power!

The videos at this site may be able to help you!                    Treatment of Preeclampsia

 

Birth Doulas are for ANY kind of childbirth!!!

More and more people seem to understand the benefits a birth doula has to offer to a woman and her family, when that woman wishes to have a natural childbirth experience.

But how many people realize what benefits a doula offers when a woman chooses to use an epidural? Or how about the comfort a doula is able to give when there is a cesarean?

When a women tells me she wishes to have an epidural as soon as possible, I smile and assure her that I understand her wishes, which are absolutely her right.

I then explain how our local hospital does not typically admit a woman until she is in active labor. I suggest we work  on ways of coping until she is admitted, even how to stay active in triage. I then move on to the realities and mechanics of having an epidural. After this, I discuss her second stage of labor…actually giving birth. Then her wishes for her new born baby should be planned for, such as skin-to-skin, bonding, breastfeeding, having the nursery staff come to her and her baby.

Every time I am with a woman who suddenly finds she is going to have a cesarean, there is disbelief, deep regret, confusion…..an overall feeling of being a failure in some way. Her family is usually at a lost, feeling much the same way. And did I mention fear? I, as a doula, am there to help qualm these rampant and sudden emotions. I guess my job is to help restore peacefulness. I work fast and furious to try to accomplish this, assuring the woman that I will still be there for her. After all, there is still much work for me after the baby is delivered.

My point with these ramblings…a birth doula is there to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during, and just after birth…

NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF CHILDBIRTH!!!

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HAVING A WATERBIRTH?

PERHAPS YOU ASK YOURSELF…
“WHY HAVE A WATERBIRTH?
WHY SHOULD I EVEN CONSIDER LABORING IN A POOL OF WATER?”

 

BECAUSE IT OFFERS……………….
  • Greater comfort and mobility
  • Decreased pressure on the abdomen
  • Conservation of mother’s energy
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Decreased pain
  • More equal pressure on the perineum at delivery
  • More gentle birth process for baby
YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF …
“CAN I AFFORD THE EXPENSE OF A WATERBIRTH?”

MY RESPONSE TO YOU IS YES…AND I CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN.

  • I have an AquaBorn pool available for my clients to rent.
  • I also have a discount available with a major supplier of pools and supplies.

 

IF YOU LIVE IN THE NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT,

AND IF YOUR CAREPROVIDER AGREES,

YOU CAN HAVE A WATERBIRTH

AT THE WOMEN’S HOSPITAL OF GREENSBORO!

 

INTERESTED IN HAVING A WATERBIRTH?

OR LABORING IN A POOL OF WATER?

CONTACT ME

KENNY SHULMAN@AOL.COM

“Doulas celebrate Labor Day every day!” ~ YourDoulaBag.com

 



 

 

 

“Pitocin is the most abused drug in the world today.” ~Roberto Caldreyo-Barcia, MD

I feel so very sad when I see pitocin being given to a woman for induction or augmentation of labor. I will not argue that there might be legitimate times it is needed…but I still feel sad.

I always wonder if I, as a doula, have given this woman enough information about this harsh, harsh drug. Even though they say it is chemically the same as our natural drug, oxytocin, it does not treat our body, or our baby, the same. In addition, it disrupts the natural processes in so many ways.

I suppose I feel so very sad because it reminds me that I was given pitocin 33 years ago. I did not even know what was going on, much less that I had the right to ask…or dare say no.

Thank God that my child does not seem to have any side effects that are being associated with pitocin, such as ADHD or Autism. Nor does he have brain damage due to loss of oxygen when the cord became entangled as he twisted desperately against the harsh contractions. He does still have the grey patch of hair where the internal monitor was screwed into his scalp.

I, however, was not unscathed. Even though my baby was in the best of positions prior to the pitocin, as he tried to escape the drug induced  contractions, he kept landing against my lower spine. As a result, I have Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, and Spinal Stenosis, all of which are progressive.

In addition, these harsh contractions kept my baby’s head pushing, pushing so very hard against my cervix, which was just not ready to open because it was just not time. The result of this violation was abnormal, pre-cancerous, cervical cells. After many procedures to prevent the path to cancer, I ultimately had a hysterectomy. It was then found that my equally violated uterus had not one, but two, tumors that had not been present prior to my labor and delivery.

No more babies for me, but at least I would be here to watch my one child grow up, get married, and hopefully have the large family he, and I, have always wanted so much.

I am not a medical doctor. I do not pretend to be one. I just feel so sad when I see a woman being given pitocin.

Kenny Shulman CD(DONA)

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