Posted Tue 01 Mar 2011 15:31
Yep, I agree Lynn - it largely depends on the Ob. And Liana's generalisations certainly don't apply to my Ob. You must have worked with some difficult people to have that view Liana.
And no way would I want to have a baby in public hospital in Queensland so I went private. I had GD as well, so that carries certain associated risks - the usual situation is continuous foetal monitoring, leading to less movement, greater likelihood of intervention, all with the risk of a big baby and shoulder dystocia. So we had an excellent and very experienced paed on stand-by in the labour ward.
If you are well informed and do your homework, you are far less likely to get pushed into things. My Ob only very casually mentioned the possibility of a c-section if the baby was nowhere near engaging by week 39, because a scheduled one was better than an emergency one and first babies usually engage well before labour started. In the end, she engaged, I was booked in for an induction at the end of week 40 (risk of placental deterioration), I had the prostin gel and no other intervention was needed. Ob did suggest a small episiotomy but I said "no I can get her out on the next push", did so and just got a tiny internal graze. He was okay with my decision to reject his advice and, as it turned out, my instincts were right.
She was BFing within a few minutes of being born and went on to feed for 17 months.
As he said to me the next day, it was a textbook perfect labour and he certainly didn't earn his money. Didn't give me a discount though lol.