I have had many questions from others lately about why I am using a midwife with a birth center and not a typical OB and having the baby in a hospital. Then they automatically assume it’s a home birth. No, I am not having a home birth but I am using a free standing birth center, which is basically as close to a home birth as you can get.
I first learned about Leonette when Samantha was 14 months old. A friend told me about her experience and how awesome it was with Leonette.
It took me back to my labor and delivery with Samantha. While it was a fairly easy birth looking back there were so many things that did happen that really did not need to. First, I was induced at 39 weeks with Sam. There was absolutely NO medical reason for this. I was dilated to a 3 and about 60% effaced at my appt. and I did have a midwife (who I adored, and I had high hopes for a close one on one L&D with her). She felt sorry for me and said, “well I am working at the hospital tomorrow so if you want I can go ahead and induce you tonight.” I said yes, because really I had no idea what happened during induced labors.
I arrived around 11pm, had an IV started an pitocin. By 3am the pain from the contractions were so intense and right on top of each other I begged for an epidural. The nurses told me that since I still was at a 3-4 I would be stuck in bed, couldn’t get up and would need a catheter. I agreed through the ears. There I laid until 9 am when my epidural wore off and I was in the most pain ever. I am pretty sure my pitocin was set high as the contractions hurt like heck. They called in the anesthesiologist and upped my epidural. (how many reasons in this paragraph can you find why I want a natural birth)
At some point the baby’s heart rate started having decels so I was put on oxygen. (reason right here I want a natural birth)
Not once did my midwife check on me this entire time. She (my midwife) finally came in around 1 pm to check me and found that because my epidural was so high I had no feeling and no idea that the baby was practically crowning on her own. (another reason I want a natural birth)
10 minutes of pushing and Sam was born. perfect and healthy.
But…. BUT I had no idea about any of their protocol after delivery. An hour after she was born they took her away to the nursery. They didn’t bring her back until almost 6pm. Where they told me they have her a bottle of formula because she was hungry. My heart sank. “But I wanted to breastfeed” I cried. I never had any bonding time with her, I didn’t get to be the first person to feed her. I felt like all of my choices as a mother were taken away from me. I did attempt to breastfeed, but sadly Sam was already used to the bottle and didn’t want to work for her food and I gave up nursing. (again.. how many reasons here can you find why I want a natural birth?)
What I learned after my first L&D. I had no say in anything that happened to me. I was told what to do, and sadly had no bonding time with the baby. I also did not even get to feed her first.
Postpartum —– My PP with Sam was not enjoyable one bit. Thankfully I was there for only 24 hours. But I was poked and prodded the entire time. Sam was taken to the nursery a few times and all while I thought “it was normal”.
This is reason #1 I did not want another hospital birth. And why I want a natural Birth Center birth.
Did you get the birth you wanted?