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FaNA+Pagan and Pregnant

April 2, 2012



I had a thought today that perhaps I would combine blogging here with my other spot, that other spot being where I put down my Pagan centered thoughts. I know there aren't a lot of other Pagans here in the Fatosphere (though there are a few!) and it might be nice to have that extra perspective on Life in General, especially on a subject/area that's so often misrepresented and/or misunderstood. What do you think? Would you like to see more of that there, intersecting (and sometimes not) with FA/HAES? Leave me your thoughts in the comments.

In other news we went for another midwife appointment today and I got to spend some time with Rhonda instead of Lillian; they're both midwives, both pretty awesome and one or the other will be helping me through labour and delivery and afterwards. I was a bit ranty over NRGH's policy of no homebirths for women who've had c-sections, their crappy VBAC success rate (less than 19%! That's terrible!) and the fact that as soon as I'm admitted I lose my midwife as my primary caregiver. She'll be allowed to stay on and help me out, but in the end it'll be some doctor I've never met who'll likely deliver my baby. Not Impressed. With their terrible VBAC success rate, and standard operating procedure of giving an I.V and fetal monitoring right off the bat, I'm not feeling very confident about all this. However, I plan on refusing  both the iv and monitor unless my midwife thinks it's a good idea for some actual medical reason. Both of those things can slow down labour and make it more likely I'll have a C, which is ultimately what I want to avoid unless it's ACTUALLY NECESSARY. The best things I can do is move around, labour in as many positions as I feel I need to try, let thing start and continue on their own, and try to stay destressed. Here's hoping.

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The 19% VBAC rate may not be their SUCCESS rate. It's probably the rate of women who have had cesareans who go on to have VBACs later on.

The question to ask is what their trial of labor success rate is. Of all the women who have a TOL, how many actually have a VBAC? That should be 60-80%.

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