Defying Doctors

You’re taught to trust your doctor. You put your life in their hands, with the faith that they want what is best for you, as their patient. However, that is not always the case–it was not the case for me. Too often they end up doing what is best for them–for reasons of time, money and legality.

Would you defy your doctor?

When I started prenatal care, I was told by my clinic that I’d be allowed to go to 42 weeks before an induction. When I neared my due date, I was told

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ACOG finally updates VBAC guidelines : HUGE NEWS!

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a new guidelines today on VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans). While I was getting prepped for my c-section, the nurse told me I’d probably never have a vaginal birth (after I asked, sobbing). The clinic where my OB works does not allow VBACs. In fact, there is only one clinic here with doctors willing to do them (note that I live in a city where the hospitals/clinics serve a population of roughly 350,000…. it’s not small).

ACOG listened. And it’s about damn time. Thanks to

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Two memories of the hospital I CANNOT get over. Help?

I know I just posted about c-sections and sometimes I wonder how much babble about it my readers can handle, but I’ve been meaning to write about these issues for awhile and I wanted to address some of the comments on my last post… so I decided now was a good time for this post. Thanks for putting up with me 😉

I feel I’ve made tremendous progress in dealing with my c-section. I still rant about it on occasion, but much less tears. I don’t know the stages of grieving… when does anger

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Cesarean Awareness Month

This post is a little late, but better late than never! Did you know April is Cesarean Awareness Month? It is time to raise awareness about unnecessary c-sections, the record-high cesarean rate, a woman’s right to informed consent and the option for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

If you’ve experienced a c-section or even if you had a vaginal birth, but were unhappy with your experience or if you just want to learn more about birth options, ICAN is a fantastic group. There is a yahoo email group (Read More…

Letter to my OB: 1st draft

As most of you know, I had an unnecessary c-section and I’m still dealing with my feelings about it (mainly anger at this point… and still some huge disappointment in myself). Many people have suggested I write a letter to my OB about it. Whether I actually give it to her or not, just writing it will be healing. Most of you also pointed out the fact that I will probably end up writing and re-writing and re-writing… So… this is what I’ve managed so far for my first draft:

Dear Dr.,

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3 months old?!

On Saturday (the 27th), Ryan turned 3 months old. It feels like yesterday that I was coming home from the hospital… and sitting on the couch with Ryan all day long because he couldn’t stand to be put down, haha.

Some major things:

*I just washed his size 9 month clothing… he’s not into them yet, but he’s filling out his 6 mo stuff pretty well so he’ll be there soon! CRAZY. *We put away his bassinet 🙁 🙁 🙁 Ok, it’s not THAT big of a deal because we co-sleep. But he starts

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