Do not let your caregiver bully you into giving up your rights for their convenience.
You have rights. It is important in a time where POLICIES are being placed before patient rights to know what your rights are.
Discuss your rights and your birth preferences with your caregiver early on. You may even want to interview potential caregivers before your pregnancy to determine who might be a good fit for you.
**As with all procedures and interventions, please do your own research and decide if the results of the procedure outweigh the associated risks.
In my last blog, we discussed that you have the right to labor in any position that you want to, push in any position that you want to, and have a vaginal birth after a C-section.
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Most babies will turn head-down by 30-34 weeks of gestation.
If you have reached this point and your baby is not head down, then he/she is considered breech.
Your caregiver may discuss the possibility of a C-section with you. Eighty-six percent of babies that present in the breech position at term will be delivered via cesarean section.
Having a breech baby does not have to guarantee a C-section.
If your baby is complete or frank breech, then you have options. It is possible to deliver a breech baby in either of these positions with minimal risk (equal to or less than that of a C-section).
Discuss with your provider the risks and benefits of both vaginal birth and C-section. It is important to remember that some babies will flip head down even during labor.
If you do not feel comfortable with your provider’s assessment of your needs based on your research, then by all means, find another provider!
It may be a good idea to discuss these issues early on in your pregnancy so that if you find that your provider does not agree with your desire for a vaginal birth, then you have time to find a provider that resonates with your desires. REMEMBER- Your provider works for YOU!
No one knows your body and your baby the way that you do.
You do not have to consent to any procedure (including a C-section) that you do not agree with.
Yes, providers are trained- Remember that Obstetricians are trained surgeons and think like surgeons. Providers are trained and know medicine, but YOU know your body.
Ultimately, you are the one responsible for making the best decisions for yourself and your baby.
Please do the research. If complications arise, discuss the pros and cons of any intervention with your provider. Ask questions, get clarification on anything that you do not understand.
This is where having a doula comes in handy. A doula can help you by communicating your wishes to your providers and helping your to understand your choices clearly.
In cases of a true emergency, your provider may need to make quick life-saving decisions, and may not have time to answer questions. However, in every other case, your provider should be willing to discuss and answer any and all questions and concerns.
The generally accepted procedure that I have seen in the birthing community within the United States of America is to cut the cord after 30 seconds.
I have personally witnessed parents who wanted to keep their baby’s cord unclamped and was told by the doctor that “30 seconds was long enough.”
According to research, about a third of the baby’s blood supply is left in the placenta and transfused to the baby after birth.
In order for this to be done completely, it is recommended that the cord remain unclamped and attached to the placenta until the cord is white and limp. This can take several minutes.
The World Health Organization recommends delayed cord clamping for 1 to three minutes or until the cord has stopped pulsing.
Benefits of not clamping your baby’s cord:
When I saw my placenta after the birth of my second baby I thought it was disgusting.
As it turns out- there are actually a lot of cool things that you can do with your placenta.
Turn it into a work of art.
Use it for fertilizer- There are many families who have buried their placentas and planted trees on top of them.
Consume your placenta. When I first heard of this practice, I envisioned cooking up a placenta steak and eating it on a plate.
This is not how it works. You can consume your placenta through encapsulation.
The potential benefits of consuming one’s placenta include increased iron levels, reduced postpartum bleeding, balanced mood, increased energy level and milk supply, and decreased risk of postpartum mood disorders.
Crystal is a local birth and portrait photographer currently residing in the Savannah, Georgia area. She loves Jesus, coffee, and her family- usually in that order. She has seven children ages 15-24 and has loved (almost) every moment of being a mom.
If you need her, she is usually at the beach.
Her love for families includes educating and empowering mommas so that they know their choices and can help themselves to have better outcomes in labor and delivery, as well as post-partum- and watching their little ones grow from newborns to toddlers and all the way through school.
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Among all of the beautiful wonderful things that you were created to do, you were created to become a mother.
You were created to bring this little life into this crazy world and love him like no one else can.
I want you to look back at your birth story and see how strong, beautiful and courageous you are