Great OB/Informed Consent appointment!
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|Fri, 02-12-2010 - 1:49pm|
We had our meeting with the OB to sign VBAC informed consent paperwork. I have to say that he was enthusiastic and reassuring. He told me that the office has had "a great run of successful VBACs over the past few years, and I hope that you'll number among them soon". He even crossed off the "you have a 75% chance of success" portion of the paperwork and wrote "over 85% chance". I also liked the fact that the informed consent paperwork included the risks of RCS.
He also confirmed that I don't have to do continuous EFM or have an IV, and that he and the midwives are generally fine with me going past 42 weeks as long as both I and the baby are doing well. After 41 weeks, they'll want me to come in every other day for testing to make sure that the placenta and baby are doing well. If my cervix is favorable at 41 weeks, he'd give me the option to sweep membranes, do a foley catheter, or (if my Bishop's score is ideal) receive a low dose of pitocin. He absolutely doesn't do cervix ripening gels, and won't break waters early unless I'm already contracting and if I insist on it.
Meeting with the OB was the one aspect of the practice that worried me, but I felt very comfortable with him. It's clear that he firmly believes in my ability to birth the baby, and I'm glad that he's done his research and offers evidence-based protocols (unlike most OBs, IMHO). :) I'm starting to feel excited now...
I've also started the Birthing From Within classes, and am really enjoying them. I really wish that I'd taken them last time around-- they're a nice mix of emotional work, mindfulness exercises, and education. All in all, things are doing great!
-Sarah, mom to Melissa Jeanne, born 9/4/07, and baby