I'll be refusing any intervention what-so-ever this time. I was bullied into induction last time and had unsafe drugs used leading to ECS. If i go past 42 weeks I'll gladly have an Unassisted Home Birth. I'm not interested in unnecessary medical interventions and I have no fear of issues. I trust my body.
In evidence terms one nurse giving a couple of case studies does not override clinical studies looking at hundreds or thousands of births. For a start eyewitness accounts are always less accurate and our memories can be biased based on past experience. The nurse for example with her own baby now remembers problem cases but doesn't mention the number of normal births past this point. Humans, like other mammals are designed to give birth several times during their lifetime and better sanitation has made birth much safer. They actually consider home birth safer in the uk for low risk women with subsequent pregnancies as there is a much lower risk of complications and required assistance or cs.
I've been told they don't want me to go beyond my due date, due to IVF pregnancy & my age.
Can anybody point me in the direction of what exactly the increased risk is?
My last birth was a fairly straight forward water birth. Laboured for 29 hours at home either in the bath or wandering round the house and 3 hours in hospital. Gas n Air waters pushed for about 35 mins. The thought of being stuck in a hospital bed, no bath, no where to wander, no telly to watch, truthfully scares me shitless.
Where in Scotland are you? Most hospitals now have birthing pools I think or at least bath tubs to labour in. That's not to say you shouldn't look into whether or not to agree to induction and yeah, you'd definitely be more comfortable at home. But just wanted to say it's not really the old "chained to the bed" scenario anymore, even if you do end up in hospital for your whole labour.
I will be going to the Southern General / QEU Glasgow. The maternity ward has 2 birth pools but I'd doubt that you'd be able to use them if you are induced.
Last time round I laboured at home, alone for 12 hours overnight, watched TV until 4am, went for a bath CD blaring. Nobody else in the house so nobody else to disturb. DH came home about 9am I paced the floor with every contraction until I went back in the bath that evening. Before going to hospital and getting into "established" labour 4cm.
Unlikely they would move somebody to the labour suites until in establish labour - so I'm worried about getting into established labour - without being a complete pain in the arse to other ladies - and additional pain to myself.
I am aware that starting with "just a pessary" can and often does lead to more interferenace.
Yeah, I agree with you about the added discomfort of being in the hospital and also the increased risk of further intervention. My friend who was induced at the southern general had access to a bathtub to labour in though, maybe that makes you feel a little better about it all? Not that I'm saying you should consent. I know very little about the risk associated with "post term" IVF pregnancies or the role your age plays. I'm in a different health board btw and was told that induction by itself wouldn't stop me from having a water birth. Definitely worth talking through with your consultant I think. They should be able to both give you actual numbers and answer your questions regarding procedure. If you're around term, there are also gentle ways you can encourage labour at home, like hip circles and belly lifts that help baby push on your cervix, which can trigger labour. I'm convinced that's what finally started regular contractions with my last, although I also had a sweep the day before so can't be sure.
At my hospital they have always said no to water birth if you are being induced. However, they have recently bought. Machine that allows them to monitor your baby in the water without you needing to get out and be strapped to the monitor, so they now allow water birth as long as this machine isn't in use by anyone else.
That is at least a comfort knowing I will have a bath to labour in. Hopefully they have plenty of them. Last time I laboured for about 5.30 hours in it. Getting out only to swap my CDs over. Topping up with hot water as required. Lol.
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