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Nov062009

Hospital Birth In Progress on the Web

Lynsee is streaming her birth. I am not sure, but at 6:45pm PT, it looks like she's about 5cm. I'm sure they will say soon again.

It's obviously a progressive hospital (as hospitals go).

I wonder how long I'll watch. (I'm acting like I've never seen a birth before!)

Reader Comments (12)

11:02 est and she just asked for an epidural so she can sleep. She's really tired.

I'm hoping they check her first just to see where she's at.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermommymichael

Thankyou for that link. I know what I'm going to be doing for the rest of the afternoon!

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Glad you posted it...I stayed up to watch and it was lovely. I never had an epidural, but I see it was totally her idea and her choice, and seems to me it was used well in her case. I kept wishing the midwife would remind her she didn't really want it, but then I know what it's like when you're having a baby and if they had not done the epidural, it may have made birth more frustrating for her. I also kept wanting them to elevate her more...or encourage her to switch positions in the tub with the tingly limbs...wondering if her uterus was pressing down on her nerves and blood vessels. I also thought she should be checked before some things happened, but then again there may have been a reason they didn't. I know I was checked way too many times last birth. Overall, I think she got exactly what she wanted and she pushed for very little time. I was impressed.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Wellllll, I was impressed until she barely whispered her *thought* of an epidural and everyone just zipped into action to get her one. She even said she didn't want one, but no one seemed to hear that part.

Those of us in the birthy community gave running commentary in Facebook and we ALL felt she was at that exact place that all women get to where they are sooooo tired they want to go to sleep. That is a NORMAL part of labor!! When women feel like they want to go to sleep, they are almost done. She had SO much support earlier, why didn't they continue with it when she was at that wall? Because it is EASIER to help a woman with an epidural; oh, that's right, she's in bed, doesn't moan, doesn't move and they don't have to help her AT ALL anymore.

I had to quit watching when she got the epidural. It made my heart hurt.

November 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I must have read all your comments on fb, then NGMW! I completely agree that her support team utterly failed her. They checked her after the epidural and found she was 8-9cm. She was nearly there! Instead of telling her how strong and powerful and courageous and wonderful she was, they called for the anaesthesiologist, stopped touching her, and left her alone in a dark room with a camera.

I'm all for personal choice, even if I wouldn't make those choices myself, but when a woman says "I want a natural birth" and engages a midwife in the hopes of achieving a natural birth, only to have that midwife fail to encourage or support her when she is at her most vulnerable, I don't think we can fairly say that the epidural was a real choice or empowering in any way.

The deviations from the her original birth plan were not Lynsee's failures, they were the failures of her so-called support team.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarlene

Wow, that was cool to watch! I cried like I knew her personally!

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I stopped watching after the epidural too. I agree that her previously strong support system failed her. It reminded me too much of DS1's birth, which still makes me sad (I mean, I was estatic that he'd been born, but he went from a planned birth center birth to an epidural-pitocin hospital birth. THAT part makes me sad. and this birth was very similar.)

-lpnmon

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlpnmon

Hi. I'm from Minneapolis and Lynsee did NOT give birth at a "progressive hospital". She gave birth where I had my cytotec-to-cesarean birth with my first child. This hospital has a 50% cesarean rate on any given day. I have a feeling they wanted the media attention and so gave her the royal treatment and knew everything was on camera and so put on the best show they could.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

i had to stop watching at that point too. it was heartbreaking. i remember being at that point with my first. i was just exhausted, and could have easily given up, but I had such a great support team! They kept me going.

She SO could have continued. I wish they would have checked her first. It might have given her hope to "push" on. =)

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermommymichael

Hearing about the video well after the fact, I was a bit confused at first, it didn't seem to match what I'd read about it. Turned out the video still online begins after the medical intervention so it's just the last parts of delivery and the footage of the baby afterward. Early on she says how glad she is to have had the epidural because she so needed that hour of rest. And later she says if she knew she was 8cm she might not have had it, but is rationalizing the choice by how tired she was. Human nature to rationalize, especially to ourselves.

Never having delivered a child, I'm not going to offer an uninformed opinion on birth choices, but the effect of language choices on the mind is within my experience. I'm curious if it was suggested to her at any point that "this is the last time you can request an epidural" which plants an idea in her mind of asking for it by a certain point. Plan or not, under stress the mind can be suggestible and such a suggestion could program her to think about the epidural, regardless of earlier plans.

I'm more horrified that the first food she wants to digest and pass through to her child is a sodium-laden imitation food product from McMassProducers. Baby's first addiction.

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBystander

i just clicked the link and it went to immediately showing a clip of the baby immediately after birth.
i forgot how careless and rough hospital staff are with babies.
it made my heart sick and so happy that zoey never cried like that at birth because of being swung around and getting the crap scrubbed out of her.

ugh, now i feel sick.

i dont care how great a hospital says they are, they do two things almost every time.

push for an epidural and rough up the baby.

i would really love to see a hospital birth video that doesnt involve either of these components, i have no faith.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

danielle...
i can't post my video... but be encouraged that i have two hospital birth videos of my own where my babies are not being roughed up, nor was i pushed for an epidural... they are out there... but oh how rare.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenna

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