A girl I went to high school with just gave birth to a baby boy
yesterday. She lives in Boston and was seeing a midwife throughout her
pregnancy (she switched from an OBGYN fairly early on in the pregnancy)
and was hoping for an all-natural delivery. She was taking Bradley
classes to assist with breathing and was practicing kegels, squats,
taylor presses, etc. Well, she finally went into labor and it was a
disaster! She was in hard labor for about 60 hours and only progressed
to 4 cm and eventually had to go to the hospital for a C-section. Her
baby was over 10 pounds and this girl is barely 5' tall. Her baby is in
NICU because he is having respiratory problems and won't be able to go
home for a while. He was born about 10 days past his due date and
according to her mother is so big he looks like a 3-month old.
I spoke to this girl via chat last week and asked if she had thought about getting induced and she gave me a HUGE attitude about it. I distinctly remember saying it's better to get induced and still get to deliver vaginally then let yourself go so long that the baby is too big and you require a C-section. She didn't like that at all! I think she was receiving shoddy care because I am convinced she had gestational diabetes that went undiagnosed. No woman as tiny as she is (in HS she weighed about 80 pounds) is likely to have such a huge baby. Plus, it is very common for GD babies to be born with breathing problems, which are typically only seen in preemies. It sucks that her birthing experience was not what she wanted it to be, but it is sort of reassuring to me that maybe I am making the best choice by going with an OBGYN. If, God forbid, I do need a C-section I will already be at the hospital and at least I got tested for everything under the sun. Hopefully she'll be able to take her baby home soon.