I just visited a friend that gave birth on the weekend. I'll start by saying she has a gorgeous, healthy DS which is all that matters in the end
However....I was quite surprised at some of the circumstances of her labour/birth and was curious to know if this is considered 'normal'. I'll summarise in points:-
- epi offered/accepted as soon as she arrived, without checking dialation to determine stage etc
- at no point was dialation checked until 6hrs later when OB arrived
- stated baby's h/rate had dropped 'a little' and suggested e/csection
- still hadn't told her how dialated she was at this point, just 'not enough'
- baby offered formula for first 2 nights just so mum could rest
- baby automatically taken each night to nursery, only returned for feeds
My friend is perfectly happy as its her first bub and had no expectations anyway. But I just found these above points odd....is it just me? I'm of course comparing to my own experience so could be entirely off track, so was just curious!
I thought it was dangerous or detrimental to give an epi too early? I also don't believe his excuse for a c/s was adequate, considering there were no alarm bells about the h/rate before then. Then offering formula to a mum who had ample (read massive!) milk boobies with no issues b/f yet, as well as bub not rooming with mum - is all strange to me!
My friend accepted the formula offer because she assumed it was 'standard' so mums could get rest. She has since had a midwife say they probably gave her the epi too early aswell.
FYI - private hospital in Melb.