March 29, 2010

More like this, please?

I witnessed the most beautiful, serene birth of my career last night. Wonderful couple, Bradley trained. Can I just say I love, love, love the Bradley method? She wanted a serene, quiet birth without unnecessary interventions, wanted to be free to move, and to deliver in the position that felt right to her...and that's what she got. She wasn't in-your-face, anti-hospital, or defensive like some people can be. She knew situations could arise that interventions could become necessary. She worked with us, not against us. Her view was that birth doesn't have to be the most painful thing a woman goes through. She said to me "I learned in Bradley classes that you have to train. If someone told you that you would be running a marathon in 9 months, you wouldn't sit around, you would train. So that's what I did. I trained for labor". She walked, moved around, squatted to deliver. Her doc had no problems with her birth plan, and gently helped her deliver her baby without tearing. Soft lighting, soft music, very supportive husband. I mean, this guy was awesome. He helped her stay relaxed, kissed her forehead, fed her oranges and gave her water. And mom, she decided as she was pushing to lay back after squatting for awhile, to give her legs a break. She then said "I'm too relaxed this way" and moved back to the squatting position and with one push her baby was crowning. After the contraction was done, the baby's head still crowning, she was talking to us, laughing...all while her baby's head was half way out of her vagina. Then with the next contraction, she delivered the head, and the rest of the baby came after. It was amazing. No need for IV fluids, a SL in place should it become necessary (but never needed), no IV pitocin after placenta was delivered. Skin to skin contact, baby moved herself to her mother's breast to nurse, all interventions/medications for the baby were deferred during this time, with a Leboyer bath that followed 1 1/2 hour later. Daddy supported his baby's head while she kicked and looked around at her new world, relaxing in a warm bath of water. After the bath, the baby was fully assessed, meds given while with the parents...baby will probably never spend anytime in the nursery. Really, there should be more births like this one.

11 comments:

Rachel said...

I follow your blog out of interest at how different being a midwife in the states is to the UK! I am beginning university in September to train to be a midwife and I can't even imagine having to call a doctor in to catch the baby because you are not allowed to!
How would you describe your role as a midwife, out of interest? What does your job involve? I find it very interesting, the differences!

Carrie said...

It is so rare that we see a delivery like this, but it always reminds me of why I do this job!

Nurse Lochia said...

Rachel ~ I would love to be able to tell about my role as a midwife, but I am not one. Maybe someday, I will be, but that is down the road. I am a registered nurse working in labor and delivery. Midwives do deliver their own babies here. Someday, maybe I'll be called midwife, but for now, I'm happy as a RN raising my 3 (soon to be 4) munchkins.

studentrntiffany said...

I would love to have a birth like that...can i order one of those?? Please>>>???!!

AtYourCervix said...

I *so* need to have more births like this. Please.

rjdorsey said...

I wish every delivery could be as beautiful as what you witnessed.
the scheduled c-section and recovery with DD was such a different experience (good) than the emergency section with DS 2 yrs ago.

Rachel said...

Ahhhh, I see! We hear a lot over here about how midwives in the US are not able to deliver the babies themselves! It is the reason we are gave as to why our degree will transfer everywhere in the world except the US! We don't have L&D nurses here. Just midwives and obstetricians hovering about the place!

enjoybirth said...

I love births like this too! Luckily as a doula I get to see quite a few, because they are the type of births my clients want. It is sometimes tricky to get the hospital staff to be supportive.(depending on the hospital, nurses, OB, etc)

Sounds like a lovely birth!

Joy said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Similar to my last birth in many ways in that it was natural like hers (no IV, free to move, etc.).

Anonymous said...

Fyi rachel, In the US midwives can and do devliver babies. In certain states midwives are very popular and women deliver at birthing centers where there's no surgical suites, hospital beds, etc. Just good ol' fashioned beds, hot tubs (for water births) and all natural births. Should problems arrise them are equipped to transfer a women to a nearby hospital and usually the hospital is very accepting of the midwives. In some areas midwives are part of a "practice" but the deliveries take place in a hospital setting. Some midwives even do home births!!

Anonymous said...

Honestly I tried it w/ my 2nd and 3rd child and the pain was just too unbearable. Then when I got the epidural it numbed one leg and nothing else (happened on all 3 of my deliveries) I think its partly pain threshold too??