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How to be a good little girl, per the hospital. I'm not a good girl. *** UPDATE
October 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM

UPDATED INFO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MISREAD **** I never said I know more than my doctor.

I EXPECT informed consent to be a requirement before any procedure, just like any other thing you go to the hospital for. They tell you the options the ones they like, the ones they don't like, risks and benefits and I get to choose. THEY EDUCATE, I CHOOSE.

If anyone wants to go on faith and blindly accept anything they want, that is fine I won't stop you. That is your business. You get your choices, I get mine.

I might wear the stupid hospital gown, but I don't want to be bullied into it. I don't know what I will feel most comfortable in, until I get there. But it is really funny that some think  that bulling is ok in the hospital, but not in school's?

My dr wanted me to go in today to L&D to get an NST because he thinks I am 42 weeks, I think that I am 39 weeks. Late ultrasounds vs LMP. Did NST Thursday, Tues, Thursday, today on Sunday, and then have appt to go back on Tuesday. So we have done this for a while. I don't think they are really needed, I am just going along with some of his wishes. I have told him NO on induction. Just keeping the peace really going along with the NST's.

While at the hospital they give me a pamphlet on how to be a good patient.

Admission. Upon arrival to the childbirth suite you will be INSTRUCTED to change into a hospital gown ... A vaginal exam will be done to see if your cervix is ready for the baby to come.
It says not to worry we are assessing your baby continuously. IE STAY IN BED WITH THE NST MONITORS ON AT ALL TIMES.

You are staying to deliver your baby. IV fluids WILL BE STARTED in your hand or arm. This will help in the prevention of dehydration and/or low blood sugar.

Can I eat or drink? While you are in active labor most physicians WILL ONLY ALLOW clear liquids and ice.

Vaginal Delivery. When your cervix if fully dilated you WILL BE INSTRUCTED to start pushing....If the baby appears healthy and is breathing well, he may be placed on your stomach.

I was asked if I had any instructions for the nursery. I said I didn't plan on my child going to the nursery. THE BABY CAN'T BE IN YOUR ROOM UNLESS SOMEONE IS AWAKE is what I was told. Hubby said I will be here and be awake if she isn't.

I think me being comfortable, wearing what I want because I am not sick, being able to move is going to do more to progress my labor than you hooking me to a useless machine for the duration. Laying on my back in pain not moving isn't going to fly. You might get 20 mins. Might. I sure am not allowing you to start a non medically needed IV, I am giving birth I am not SICK. I will prevent dehydration and low blood sugar the old fashioned way. And I am pretty sure I will know when I need to push. Why do you believe that my cervix is just yours to grope as you please? I mean really the baby is going to come regardless if you check or not. PS you have no rights over my child and where he will be. He needs to come to me immediately. You don't get to tell me how soon I can see him or when I get to have him in my room. He is MINE. He will be with a parent at all times. (he has an umbilical cord and if anything is wrong, you need to leave it intact to allow you time to work on him vs detaching him from his built in life support)

It is silly in this day and age that hospitals think they get to dictate your birth. They use words to make it sound like you have no options. I didn't bother addressing any of this today. No need to start issues early. But Hubby is like wait a min who do they think they are. You can ask, you can suggest, you don't get to demand. Too bad home births are not legal in my state. But after today, Hubby FULLY understands why you would not want to get to the hospital early.


  • halinichols
    October 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM
    Wow at this post. Lol... Just wow!

    My advice: if you don't like what it takes to get your child entered into the world, then do something else, find a different way. That is all.
  • flcowgrl23
    November 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM
    That's why I have my babies at home! The last hospital I had a child in was NOTHING like that, thank goodness.
  • circle_of_life
    November 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

     Are there no birthing centers around you? Are you sure homebirth is completely illegal where you are? Have you checked into lay midwives that work under the radar?

  • RheaF
    by RheaF
    November 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    Wow, I would have a serious problem with that! The entire thing goes against my birth plan(this will be my 3rd child) . I would look for a really good Doula if I were you!
  • PinkButterfly66
    December 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    So, I have an idea... don't go to the hospital until you're in labor.  Tell the doctor to stuff it.  

  • BlessedMammaof2
    December 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM
    Exactly why I am having a homebirth. I'm so glad you are informed. I always get a little sad reading pregnancy and birth stories where women are very uninformed.
  • wonderfulcharm
    February 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I was lucky i had less then 2 hour deliveries for all four of my babies, no IV's during labor. No dehydration, and i didn't drink or eat in labor.

  • beckyaj110
    February 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM
    They'd hate me at your hospital LOL! I refused the gbs test and then proceeded to show up at the hospital in labor with my own gown (much more comfy and cute then the hospitals) and a cooler filled with popsicles to prevent dehydration and low blood sugar. I pushed when I was ready which was before the dr was and DD stayed in my room at all times even when SO and I were both sound asleep. Id like them to try to tell daddy that they're taking his babies without permission and see how well that one goes for them. They think I'm bad when I'm in labor screaming my head off about how I want things done? They ain't seen nothing till they try to come between Anthony and his children.


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