@kissableviv and @SmashJam if there is no medical need to rush anything you shouldn't be in a position to have to force and even advocate for anything. Doctors and OBs support the golden hour, placing the baby directly on the breast after birth, all that stuff. On a side note, and this is just MY experience, I'm not saying this is true about your situations, I get frustrated at the attitude of doulas sometimes being very us vs. the OB/hospital staff. OBs and delivery nurses really do have your and your newborns best interest in mind, they're not something that women need to be defended against. I wish the relationship between the two sides could be more collaborative and focused on the happiest outcome for mom and baby not this us vs them thing.I met with several doulas when I was pregnant with my DD. I have a lot of respect for what they do and think they are super valuable. I ended up hiring a really experienced, highly reviewed doula that I absolutely LOVED. We ended up not working with her for delivery because I was a scheduled induction (scheduled induction/c section voids the contract if you choose to not use the doula for the induction/c section). She was so annoyed with me when I told her I agreed to the induction at 41 weeks. It made me feel kind of uncomfortable like instead of having my best interest in mind she was mad because the "hospital side won."
I don't know about this. I agree people use social media to take things too far, but in Italy there was a huge scandal months ago because some of these aggressive practices were the norm in some hospitals otherwise very well respected and women basically thought that what was happening was the norm and that there was no other way . It wasn't until someone started talking about it that people actually started looking at some stats (like the c section rate, unnecessary use of vacuum, episiotomy rates etc) and that's when the hospital started all of a sudden adopting more baby and mom friendly procedures.My hospital here is very well known and trusted but they also had issues years ago with the c section rate being one of the highest and now guess what it's almost half of what it used to be and they pride themselves to be baby friendly...
@runsomewhere yasssssss! Everyone can use social media to know that, yes, misconduct happens in a hospital setting, and use that as information to make sure you’re making informed decisions. Or you could use that to be scared of the medical community. Misconduct can happen with midwives too. I told a story before about a friend who’s midwife let her not give baby vitamin K after birth and now he has a permanent shunt in his head. He’s almost died a couple times now.
FWIW a high CS rate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Oftentimes it means that the particular hospital takes on more high risk cases where a CS is or becomes necessary. You’re likely going to see a higher CS rate at a large hospital with a high level NICU, because the cases seen there are more likely to end in a CS for good, medical reason. People (especially the mommy blogger types) tend to look just at the numbers and not at why those numbers might be the case.
I think if anything "The Business of Being Born" just brought awareness around the topic. It is truly difficult for a documentary to not be biased, and I personally get really mad at people who go vegan after watching stuff like "Forks over knives" blindly, for example. Not to mention the most recent "What the Health"...like everything, you need to form your own opinions and take certain things with a grain of salt.