Friday, January 29, 2010
Childbirth Class - Part 3 & Choices/Doubts
One of the issues now is that the pediatric practice I mentioned having problems with earlier [extremely pro-vax] is the only one with privileges at this hospital, and they see the babies in the nursery not the room. Another person in the class asked if someone else could do the newborn check, because they know of people who'd had problems with them, and was told no. I am worried they will disregard our wishes and give the HepB vaccine and vitamin K injection either way. It looks like the only way to avoid this will be giving birth at another hospital, which will mean changing OB practices [at 34+ weeks].
I'm considering this because I'm also second guessing my choice of doctors again. I finally met with the midwife who works with my OB, and was hoping to review my birth plan with her, but she said it would have to be approved by the primary doctor instead. I'm not very optimistic about that, because he never seems to have time for anything, and seemed dismissive when I asked questions before [ie, I asked about eating & drinking in labor, and he said they gave you limited ice chips, like it was non-negotiable].
A lot of this is dependent upon some meetings next week. I'll be talking with a pediatrician on Wednesday, and seeing if they are more accommodating of a delayed vaccination schedule and familiar with caring for uncircumcised boys [I've heard they were, but want to talk to the doctor myself]. I will also be interviewing the nurse midwives at the OB practice for the other hospital, to see if they are more accommodating. Their website does mention waterbirthing, suggests a doula & a birth plan, and mentions childbirth classes, including Bradley method, so I'm pretty optimistic. I just wish I'd know about this practice, and about the pediatrician issue, several months ago.
Hopefully, I will have this figured out soon, because I'm running out of time. I am finally meeting with the doula next Thursday, so maybe she knows more about the practices of these particular hospitals and/or doctors and can give me some advice. I still really, really wish this state allowed homebirths [with CNMs, because I don't really want my first birth to be unassisted, in case anything does go wrong]. I'm grateful to have these choices and options that most women don't even realize, but it seems like something that should be so simple has become such a complicated process.
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