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Hi everyone :wave:,
We are going Private this time and when I tell people they automatically assume I'm having a C/S. I had a rough V/B with DS but defiantly would love another V/B with this bub.
A friend of mine who went to the same hospital as I am and also had the same OB ended up with a C/S because he had to go away for the weekend to play golf :eek:. I'm worried that I'm going to be pressured into a C/S...
One woman told me that majority of births at Private Hospitals end up in C/S? Is this true?
So anywhoos did you feel pressured into a un-necessary C/S because it was convenient for the DR / OB?
Please please please, I dont want this turning into a debate!
ETA: I went Public with DS and a C/S was never mentioned once..
I doubt that statistic very much! I guess it depends on your OB, and if you find one that you trust, then an unnecessary C/S will not be an issue.
I had a VB, but at one stage a C/S was looming. I had a low-lying placenta which had moved by 32 weeks. My OB told me he would keep scanning me until 37 weeks to give the placenta a chance to move. He said a C/S would be a last resort.
Out of my prenatal class (all private patients), there were no C/S births (eight couples).
Btw, is that really the reason for your friend's C/S? The golf game seems to be a bit of an urban legend. I've never actually heard it first hand, or known anyone to have this. I've heard of people being induced for the doctor's convenience (which I am also against), but I've never heard of OBs conducting complicated surgery to attend a golf game.
I guess it's hard to envisage any woman actually saying "Yes, give me a Caesar so you can attend a golf game.". I reckon I'd throw something at a doctor if he suggested that!
I think that maybe the thing with private hospitals is if you are having any problems in labour they might be more inclined to do a c/section wereas in a public they might be more inclined to let you labour for longer
i dont think obs plan their golf trips around births by giving people c/s they are a bit more professional than that, they would only do a c/s if you wanted one or if they thought it was necessary
Ooops, sorry to dominate this thread:o , just wanted to say one more thing!
Mum2Jacob - good on you for wanting to try another VB even though you had a rough time last time :thumbsup:
Mel- thats awful.
I went private and my OB is very firm on not giving caesareans. He will if you discuss it and want it...but doesn't believe it's the first option.
I find it bizare that your friend had to have a c/s because her ob wanted to play golf on the weekend. That's not very professional at all. If he wanted to have the weekend off then he would organise for another OB to cover him. If he wanted to play golf..then he's in the wrong field of work!!!
Stick to your guns!!!
By the way, i am aware that some hospitals have a higher c/s rate than others. I have heard that this is due to the OB.s that use these hospitals. I don't know how true this is. Maybe you could ring your OB. and have a chat with him about what he believes about c/s and v/b. You could also find out from the hospital about the percentages of c/s it has. It's your right to choose...unfortunately it's not up to us to determine the OB.s opinions or beliefs. So make sure you pick an OB. that's got a similar opinion to you.
Goodluck with it.
Mrs Little & Son.
Some private hospitals have a caesarean rate of 60%. This is extremely high, given the recommended rate is around 10%.
I think the best thing you could do is ask your ob what his c/section rate is. This would give you a bit of an indication on his position on caesareans.:)
I too found it very strange that she even said YES! So he could go away for the weekend to play golf.
I'm going to stick to my guns and will ask what his thoughts are on un-necessary c/sections.
Don't for one minute doubt these statistics! Our local private hospital has an 85% CS rate...and no this is not because women are asking for them...they are doctor suggested... The golf stories are probably over the top...but when you bring in a busy practice and the threat of litigation...then some obs are very section happy. Research has been done on this subject i.e. the higher rates of interventions in private maternity clients.
I think it definately depends on your obstetrician.
We went public first time around and had a shocker experience (I know you can get that at either), so we decided to give private a go this time.
The first ob we saw was highly against me having a VBAC and wouldnt even entertain the idea, without even giving me good medical reason. (I later found out that she was going on holidays and obviously wanted a date for her calendar! :rolleyes: )
We decided that it just didnt feel right so we hunted around for another ob. We found one who is happy for me to VBAC and has been nothing but fantastic and supportive throughout my whole pregnancy.
My advice would be to shop around for your ob. Find one that listens to you and supports you. A good ob is priceless.
Hmmm.......I find it hard to believe that an OB would dare suggest to section somebody so he can play golf.
My private hospital told us in our ante-natal classes that their C-section rate was 30%. I ended up being part of that 30% rate.........but after fully dilating, pushing for 4 hours without bub's head even descending at all..............I was happy that she was not going to come out that way.
Good luck with your 2nd VB :thumbsup:
My baby is due on the 2nd Jan and my ob and I have agreed on the 21st of december for my planned c/section - at 38 weeks. It was entirely up to me but she did suggest that being called on xmas day if Iwent into labour, to do a emergency c/section would not make her day! (would you want your ob, who had just been pulled away from xmas dinner with her family to be poking around in your insides???)
I have had got a lot of flack from other people about this, but honestly, I cant see the problem with it. At least she was honest with me and given my last labour and subsequent emerg. c/section at 35 weeks, and my existing health issues with this preg. it makes sense.
Maybe its cases like mine that have causes these"golf " myths
I think it just depends on the OB.... I am going private and I know from word of mouth that my OB is REALLY against a c/s unless they are really necessary. He is very into the whole natural labour thing as much as he can! :thumbsup:
With my pre-existing blood pressure problems, I wondered how things would turn out....I ended up having DD while my Ob was away - his back up guy was fantastic! There was never any mention of a caeser to fit in with holidays.
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