This story was recently told to me by a doula friend (info below) with years of experience. The OB in the story backs a well-loved midwifery practice. Moral of the story, know your back-up doctors!
At a hospital birth in 2007, a stressed out OB stormed into a laboring
mother's room. She had been in labor for 9 hours and pushing for just over 1
hour. The RN left to get the OB who stormed in screaming and pointing
fingers at both the doula and the father not to talk. The he took a deep
breath and turned towards the mother telling her he was unhappy at what he
saw on the monitor (nothing was unusual). He thought there was cord
entrapment. And did an exam. Upon exam he took he thumbs and pushing the
baby back up the vaginal canal and rushed her off for an emergency
Mom had general anesthesia (as she had a history of poor drug reactions and was
scared of the epidural). Upon recovery was nursing and doing fine. Two hours
after I (the doula) left and the father laid down for a nap, mom started to
hallucinate on the post OP pain meds. She was eventually strapped down as
she was persistently trying to use a spoon to remove something that she
'thought' was stuck deep in her throat. All post op drugs were stopped and
mom recovered and was able to nurse and bond with her child.
When I asked the nurse in post-op what was noted at section. She said
nothing, no cord, perfect presentation and the baby was fine. So I said there
was no reason then? And She said no, just that office hours are starting in
an hour and the OB is a _____.
Mom says that she feels like she gave birth twice. But is happy that
everyone is ok.
Thanks for sharing your story Ursula!
Ursula Sabia Sukinik, AAHCC,
Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula and Midwife Assistant
For another eye-opening OB story about a VBAC Consultation (mom is working with midwives but has to "consult" with an OB), visit No Womb Pods blog.