Thursday, February 19, 2009

Birth Survey

A friend from church, who is a certified nurse midwife, sent this link on to her friends. It's a very comprehensive, nation-wide birth survey that's being compiled. I'd already completed it shortly after Hans was born, but I thought I'd pass it on to any of my readers that would like to fill it out. Eventually, it should provide a great database to learn about birth practices both general and specific to providers. You don't have to have had a natural birth or anything of the sort to fill it out; they want all kinds of births included. You just have to have given birth in the last 3 years. It does take a while to complete (20-30 minutes). I'd encourage you to check it out.

I was reading back through it after I got the link, and it really made me SO grateful again for the great prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care I received! Seriously, I <3 my midwives! They have all the knowledge and skill a birth might require, but didn't feel like they had to use it on every birth ;-).

9 comments:

Beth M. said...

I'm going to a midwife this time around! I wish I'd done that with Abby. Stupid doctors...

Eltinwe said...

I object. Having pain medication during childbirth does NOT make it "unnatural." I've done both now, and the one that required the more medical attention was the one where I declined pain medicine. Nor, by the way, are you a better, stronger, more healthy or in any way superior person for having a baby without the benefits of modern medicine. If you opt to do so, that's up to you. But don't go calling my medicine unnatural.

(No, I know you're not like that, Susan. You're reasonable. But your blog had that phrase, so you have been subjected to my rant. Sorry. :-D I blame it on you anyway.)

Susan said...

Well, give it whatever term you want ;-). "Un-medicated," then. *Everyone* knows what natural birth means, even if it might be a misnomer (I'd have to think about that). I simply can't stand the general field of OB/GYN's and their way of attending births, and I find *that* unnatural :-). But I don't think it's a matter of salvation or even sin to disagree :-). I don't begrudge you your epidural, nor am I trying to indicate that I will always have un-medicated births. I don't know what the future holds, and I'm a wimp by nature (not to imply that epidural = wimp, by any means). But feel free to rant, Anna :-).

Susan said...

And, by the way, the main problem I have with the stereotypical OB/GYN and with medicated births, is how little real "informed consent" goes on. Have an epidural, by all means; please just consider the risks, and read up on the pros and cons first!

Eltinwe said...

Yes... I would have been much MUCH more reluctant to have an epidural were it done by someone other than my friend who did it. He said that average statistics were something like 2% of all epidurals put in have complications - either they don't work right, or they cause headaches because they were badly placed or whatever. However, he said he personally has done about 10,000 epidurals and has only had two with complications of those sorts. And I got it early when it was easy to sit still and cooperate. Basically - the risks go way WAY down if you have a good doctor.

Furthermore, my experience with both my births was that my wishes were followed exactly. And nobody pressured me or even suggested anything different. Also, legally, the anesthesiologist who does the epidural must give you statistics of possible problems and complications from it. I'm sure most women don't listen at all, but you should have heard my friend rattle off his minute plus speech informing me of the risks. At top speed. I was concentrating and could get it all, but I'm sure most people aren't listening at all right then. He also has to ask if you have any questions about it PRIOR to doing anything do you. If they're complaining they're uninformed, it's their own stupid fault. I think honestly it's more that most women don't care, they just want it anyway, and if there are complications, then they complain because they never listened to the warnings.

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