So the other thread has got me thinking (and I don't want to derail that one more than it has already been). If you had drugs in labor, were you fully informed of the risks i.e the cascade of intervention, fetal distress, poor sucking reflex etc etc? I was most definitely not informed for my first labor and I regret that now.
I think it is important to be able to discuss these things without it turning into a fight. The more women who know about the risks the better as far as I am concerned... I didn't even think to research this stuff when I was pregnant with my first, I thought everything would go to plan, but it didn't and I found myself accepting drugs and interventions that I had no idea about and was not informed about when it was happening
If we can't openly discuss this sort of stuff how are others supposed to know what to expect? How are we supposed to get it out there if we can't openly talk about it?
I understand this is an emotive topic and I hope we can keep it nice.
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02-01-2011 10:27 #1
Spin Off: Did you know the dangers of drugs in labor
02-01-2011 10:31 #2
Yes, I was fully informed of all of the things you mentioned - and more.
02-01-2011 10:38 #3
In the ante-natal classes I attended, they actually had a large section on pain releif during labour, what was available, the effects and benefits and the risks of each. It was actually quite informative, but they didnt actually give you anything to go and do further research which I wish they had have. They also had a seperate extra class purely on epi's .... which I didnt attend as I thought 'oh Im not going to have an epi' .....
I ended up having a c/s as bubs was breech (and yes I was informed about my choices for breech, and chose a c/s for that).
I had a telephone call with the anesthetist the week before detailing my history with anesthetics and going through the risks associated with epi's/spinal blocks etc. I also met with him before going into surgery ....
so yeah, I was informed of the risks.
I think its really important that people ARE made more aware of the risks - before labour. Telling women in labour is a bit late really ... they are not really rational or able to research it then.
We rely so much on the care providers that we choose to assist us and share our birth journey. They have a responsibility to share information that is relevant on the choices of pain relief available.
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02-01-2011 10:42 #4
02-01-2011 10:45 #5
yes. i made sure i took it upon myself to get as much information as possible. my ob also discussed the risks with me in my pre natal care.
02-01-2011 10:47 #6
I wouldn't say I was informed that much by HCP's.... apart from the little we were told in Antenatal classes (and of course they put everything in a positive light there)....
I did shared care, therefore had little interaction with an OB (the way I like it)... and therefore it never really came up in discussions and check ups.
BUT I did inform MYSELF about all the drugs and their potential risks.... and I chose not to take any pain relief during either of my labours.
I think that anyone who embarks on pregnancy and birthing a baby should make themselves aware of all the risks involved with any options presented to them... its up to us as individuals to make sure we are fully informed, by doing the research and asking the questions.
02-01-2011 10:47 #7
I read a lot before my first birth (before the internet) and went through the birthing centre and was well aware of the risks and side effects of drugs in labour.
Which definitely swayed my choice to have drug free labours for my first 5 babies...unfortunately my last two where c-sections so I had no choice.
02-01-2011 10:50 #8
No.. I did not get the classes and I was not informed by my OB or the Hospi. But if Roar had not been born so quick I would have asked for everything regardless..
I was Most surprised that my focus was on ME not the baby.. I did not once in my panic think about her or the after effects. I was in survival mode.
So I don't think the knowledge would have made a difference..
02-01-2011 10:57 #9
I knew about the risks, which is why I opted for a natural birth.
02-01-2011 10:58 #10Senior Member
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I did the antenatal classes and they did a whole section on pain relief. they gave us info packs and I've done a lot of reading on the net and asked a lot of questions. I think I am pretty well informed now.
I have a friend who had no clue about anything, did what the midwife suggested and her labour suffered
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