I just wanted to say that upon my appointment this afternoon and talking with my midwife, I have realized that these boards are quite unhelpful.
How one persons runs their practice is entirely different and is not the same with each ob/doctor/midwife. The information they give you is entirely different from the information I am given. From the next person to the next person.
Now, my midwives work under a very well known hospital in the big city I live in and how they practice in their office that they share with OBs, doesn't differ. I am one who firmly believes in evidence based medicine and so do my midwives && hospital.
It kinda worries me AND her when I told her and my other midwives how some OBs are taking care of some of you ladies.
A lot of OBs go by what's been called "routine" for years. Whereas the midwives && hospital OBs strive to do continuous research for things that work best for pregnant women and for the health of their unborn children.
Before even taking my midwives advice, I did in fact do some research when it comes to Dilation/Effacing, Cervical Checking, Protein Checks, Growth Ultrasounds, Holistic Inductions, and Full Term.
I found that my midwives && hospital that I plan to birth at, are in fact right with the information they have given me, as I said; they do continuous studies.
I have seen many posts of those fivethings and wanted to let other woman know there is another opinion:
*Dilation/Effacing- Dilation and effacing is NOT an imminent sign of labor coming. Especially BEFORE blood, water breaking, contractions appear. Dropping/head engagement are a sign labor is near.
*Cervical checking- On a regular basis that the cervix is checked actually does MORE harm than good. Not only does it introduce bacteria (even with with gloves on) it can trigger labor, which is not good if you're being checked at 36 weeks. Not only that, Obs that use a speculum; do the most damage to the cervix and can result in hemorraging. Checking one's cervix unless they are contracting/water breaks/bleeding is absolutely unnecessary.
*Protein checks- If you pee in a cup each time you visit your physician, then know that those strips aren't 100% accurate as blood tests. They stopped doing those back in the 80s, when they realized checking urine like that; didn't work.
*Growth ultrasounds- Very few ultrasound techs are skilled in the area of "growth". Of course, there are the regular techs that do just hand out photos. Growth ultrasounds are in fact accurate, only IF they are done by a person skilled in that area. Not ALL are. Just because they run the machine, doesn't mean they are highly skilled. So yes, growth ultrasounds can be accurate and not accurate.(BTW- just because one's baby is measuring larger, doesn't mean you still can't have a natural birth. Unless there is a specific problem with your pelvis. I know plenty of women that have given birth to 10 lbs babies and were tiny without having any problems.) I would ask for a second opinion if you are on the fence about this or are being given an induction for a "large baby."
*Holistic Inductions- A natural form of inducing labor. Many women have asked if using red raspberry leaf tea, castrol oil and taking primerose oil is safe. It's not 100% safe and I would be leery to use something that hasn't had much research conducted on it. The only safe thing that has been studied is sex, unless your water has broke.
*Full Term- 37 weeks is not technically "full term". It's called "term". Very few percentage of babies actually are considered "full term" by then. Many babies born before 39 weeks have breathing/sucking/immune problems. Now, this isn't the case with all babies. So, it worries me when OBs are so quick to plan an induction date on a healthy baby and mother BEFORE 39 weeks. Of course, I do find many women on her scheduling C-sections for unnecessary reasons. Remember, the longer he/she stays in there; the better chance they have.(pre-e, pp, col, and other dangerous conditions are considered necessary)
I guess it's just hard to get/give advice when we all have conflicting views and are getting so much different information, I am just unsure of how it helps?
Just putting it out there.