As a doula, I knew what I was up against when my homebirth turned into a hospital transfer. To make things even worse, the on-call OB happened to be a Resident who had sent three of my birth doula clients to “emergency” c-sections that were absolutely not emergencies.
This photo and caption ran in the LA Times in April, and reminded me of why I'm so scared of ending up with a c-section.
When she walked in, we both recognized each other, and I was terrified.
Sometimes I look back and wonder why her presence made me so scared. I am a powerful woman with a strong will and a lot of information. So why be scared?
Because of articles like this one: C-Sections are a Major Factor in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Report Finds, published last month by the LA Times.
And because of pictures like the one here, which ran with the LA Times article. I have a daughter just as young, innocent and beautiful as Matt Logelin’s, and I don’t want her to end up without a mother.
No, I’ve never known anyone who’s died from having a caesarean, or from any pregnancy-related complication, for that matter. But the fear and the increased likelihood of something scary is still there, whether or not maternal mortality has ever touched my life.
So when that knife-happy, on-call OB walked into my room, it wasn’t her or her reputation or her bedside manner that scared me. It was her judgment. Her judgment that had resulted in at least three unnecessary c-sections in my presence. Her judgment that thought that 12 hours was too long to be in labor and was dangerous for the baby. Her judgment that placed moms under general anesthesia because they were emotionally distraught over their ’emergency’ caesarean.
What terrified me was knowing that this OB didn’t take seriously that C-Sections are a Major Factor in Pregnancy-Related Deaths.