Unorganized post ahead.
When I was interviewing midwives, one of the most important things I was looking for was someone who wasn't afraid of pregnancies going past 42 weeks. Margaret was thoroughly past 42 weeks and Isaac was pushing 42 weeks. I needed someone who wasn't going to drop care with me if 41 weeks came and went.
Almost immediately upon me asking about their "overdue" policy (you know how books are 10 cents each day overdue at the library!) most midwives started reciting off various natural induction methods they recommend. I didn't get any midwife saying that she'd recommend a mother to go get pitocin or anything like that- it was just, "Oh, when a woman gets to 41 weeks I start suggesting chiropractic/castor oil/acupressure/acupuncture/such and such herb/etc." What I wanted to hear was, "Oh 42 weeks- no big deal, especially with your history."
Maybe I'm the only pregnant mom in the world that doesn't want to try any induction method at all, even if it's "natural." It seems to be common consensus that the "natural" options aren't going to work anyway if your body isn't ready for it. So the point of trying them at all is...?
Some options, like castor oil, can run havoc on your system (diarrhea!)- why would I do that and then discover, "Oh, well, it didn't work so your body/baby must not be ready?"
So birthy friends- what's your opinion on natural inductions? Why is it such a big thing in the midwifery world? I interviewed 4 homebirth midwives this time and each one had some sort of favorite induction method. Is 42 weeks really that scary? 43? Personally, I'd want someone who wouldn't be suggesting that I induce, even naturally. It would be telling me my body couldn't do it- or that they themselves are afraid of a "big" baby. Why would I want a midwife afraid of big babies?
Do you think "natural" inductions work? Did you try it? Did it work? Was it worth it? Am I the only one who wonders, "So what's the point...?" I promise it's not that I want to draw out my pregnancies as long as possible- I get really uncomfortable at the end. I've already been struggling for months with getting my body up out of bed (followed by about 20 feet of waddling due to sciatica pain). It's not pleasant, to say the least. But is it really worth it to cut those last few days/weeks off if nothing else is indicating that there's a problem?
For the record, my midwife hasn't been suggesting that I do anything (yet) since I'm not at my "time to have a baby." She does tend to think I'll have this baby sooner than I expect, but I think she just doesn't get that I gestate long. She's looking at a 3rd time mom and thinking, "Oh, this will be faster and sooner than these other births I'm attending!" HAHAHAHA. Sure, maybe I will, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. I already did the "I'm going to have a baby any day!" thing with Margaret for over a month and that's not fun.
I look forward to your comments.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Unorganized post ahead.