Monday, June 18, 2007

A New Baby!

Last week my June client called to say her water had broken. About 30 hours later she delivered a healthy baby girl. It was a slow-to-start labor, but rapid once it got going. For a first-time mom to dilate 7 centimeters in 3 hours impressed me!

What also impressed me was that the hospital seemed to be moving away from its policy of mandating delivery within 24 (or was it 12?) hours of the mother's water breaking. I was shocked to hear that they wouldn't even consider intervening with pitocin or another labor stimulator until at least 12 hours after the water broke.

What a great step in the right direction.

In this particular case, the baby appeared to be posterior until late in labor. If pitocin had rammed labor along, the malpresentation could have resulted in a Cesarean section rather than the vaginal birth the mother had.



Blogger mm said...

What a wonderful story! Lucky mom for having a) a doula and b) a hospital who seems to have their regulations in favour of the mom and baby, not the clock!

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Blogger Dame Wendy said...

A doula! So cool. That must be such an amazing job.

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Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

Thanks for your kind remarks about my Briar Rose KAL project. I'm having a lot of fun with it.


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