Check out the results from this week’s poll about drugs and delivery method! 47% ended delivering vaginally, 26% delivered with forceps or vacuum extraction, and 26% had an emergency c-section. None had a schedule c-section after receiving drugs and there was one vote that entered a different answer. She entered, “Vaginal birth with manual assistance whilst being prepped for an emergency c/s” which would go into the category of “Vaginal with forceps or vacuum extraction.”
Therefore, the results would have been: 47% vaginal only, 27% vaginal with manual assistance, 26% emergency c-section.
What does this poll mean? I can’t make any conclusions from this data since I don’t know the background information from the voters. It does show that if you receive drugs to start or speed up labour, that your chance of having an emergency c-section is 26%. However, this sampling is small with only 152 votes. Some could be multigravida and others primigravida. It also shows that if you choose to use drugs to induce, you still have almost a 50/50 chance to birth vaginally without assistance. This is great news! In order to conclude that receiving drugs to start or speed up labour increases or decreases your likelihood of having a c-section, I would have to know what is the likelihood of c-section from mothers who did not receive drugs to induce labour. This is my next poll.
Last week’s Poll: “If your birth ended in an emergency c-section, were you given any drugs to start labour or speed up labour prior to the need for a c-section?”
Results: 205 votes, 68% Yes (140 votes), 32% NO (65 votes). There is an overwhelming majority of votes that indicated usage of drugs that ended in c-section. The next step is to try out a poll for people who received any form of induction so see if there is a significant increase in method of delivery.
My husband and I have been eating a paleo diet/lifestyle since we were engaged. It not only helped us lose a total of 40 lbs put together for the wedding, but it also changed the way we think about our health. The philosophy behind the paleo diet is can be found here and Mark’s Daily Apple‘s blog is an excellent resource on how to get started. Here’s also an overview of the history of food and what this diet is based on. Also, here’s a short video by Mama Natural, who I enjoy watching, and her first week of the Paleo diet!
If you’re wondering what the Bradley Method® is, here’s a link to babycenter.com for a good overview!
I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting its contents below. I encourage you to check out the comments underneath the article by babycenter.com and see for yourself how good the classes are for you to achieve the best possible birth!
Choosing natural childbirth is choosing to trust your body. Even more than that, it’s knowing that you already possess all the tools you need to give birth.
Having a natural birth doesn’t mean choosing pain. There are a wide variety of natural comfort measures that can be employed. Women who choose natural childbirth realize that any artificial interruption in birthing, even for the best of intentions, adds risks. Whenever we interfere with the normal process of birthing, we increase the risks to both the mother and her child. None of these natural techniques carry risks.
An overwhelming majority of people I meet who have had c-sections are so grateful that they were able to get their baby out safely. They say that if it weren’t for them, they might be dead or their baby might be dead. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary – no more than about 10%-15% of all births. So what about the 10% of women who are still getting c-sections in the UK, but they aren’t medically necessary? Why does it seem like the c-section rate is growing still? Women are still getting unnecessary c-sections and I think it’s due to lack of knowledge and preparation. Doctors tell every c-section patient that it was medically necessary, but that’s not what the statistics show.
Is this even possible? Yes. Today, “fetal distress” is a leading cause for a c-section. So how can it be avoided?
How to Avoid Fetal Distress
1. Refuse EFM, Electronic Fetal Monitoring. This is your birth. This should be your choice. Many hospitals may ‘require’ you to be monitored using EFM; however, you have the choice to refuse! If you don’t have to guts to refuse a health professional, then I advise hiring a doula to speak for you. Why is this important? There is significant data that shows the increased risk of c-section with an increase of EFM use. Here’s a quote from the 2005 Practice Bulletin #70 of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
“Despite its widespread use, there is controversy about the efficacy of EFM. Moreover, there is evidence that the use of EFM increases the rate of cesarean and operative vaginal deliveries. Given that the available data do not clearly support the use of EFM over intermittent ausculation, either option is acceptable in a patient without complications.” (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Intrapartum Fetal Heart-Rate Monitoring 106 (6), 1463-1561.)
Ditch that 40-week estimated due date that you were given, even if they measured using an ultrasound! A study that came out in June of 2013 showed that the gestation period for normal, unassisted pregnancy through birth can vary up to five weeks. If this is the case, why aren’t more midwives and consultants giving ‘overdue’ mothers more information?
The study found that though the average length of pregnancy for these 125 mothers was 38 weeks and 2 days, the range of the data has a variance of 5 weeks (to be exact, 37 days). This study included 6 preterm births and 1 scheduled cesarean section, so the data is still not as untouched as I would like to find; but even with these few outliers, the conclusion showed that normal pregnancies are not limited to the 40-week gestation that we’re all used to.
If you look in the bradleybirth.com directory, you’ll find that I am the ONLY Bradley instructor here in the United Kingdom! I received my training in Chicago, Illinois, USA and soon after, my husband took a job here in Hamble, so here I am now!
The Spring Series is about to begin! Sign up for classes today!
Who: Expecting Couples in the end of their Second Trimester
What: 12 Weeks of The Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth Classes
Where: In my home in Hamble, Southampton
When: Mondays at 7:15PM starting on April 6th
Why: Nearly 90% of all Bradley® moms who give birth vaginally do so without pain medication. This gives your baby a head-start without suffering the effects of drugs during birth!