Bradley Classes are all about helping you to avoid "interventions". Intervention is when doctors have to intervene with your labor with some type of medical procedure. The thought process on avoiding them is that "intervention begets intervention", or one intervention often leads to more interventions. This is where I think Bradley classes get kinda controversial for some people, because as a society, American Birth is filled with interventions. Usually we really like our interventions too.
So what are some common interventions or procedures/policies and why would they maybe not be the best route for us? I am going to go over some we have talked about in our class in a series of posts. I am not fully sure where we stand on several of these, and please remember I am not sharing this info to tell anyone their way of laboring is wrong etc. I just want to share new things I am learning and processing through. Here we go with the first two:
What would an alternative to an IV be? Well if you labor at home (which I am not doing) then you are able to hydrate yourself with real fluids and light food as needed. If you are in the hospital then an alternative could be a Hep-Lock, which is basically a "port" stuck in your arm that an IV can be plugged into at a moments notice if needed. This allows moms to move about freely without having to bring along the IV tower, and helps her avoid the dextrose.
- NPO (Nothing by Mouth):
Why would limiting food and drink during labor matter? It can cause dehydration and ketosis (where the body starts breaking down muscle as food). Studies have shown that women who are able to eat and drink during labor have shorter labor, less of them need augmentation with Pitocin, they require fewer pain meds, and the babies had higher Apgar scores.
This is one of the standard polices that bother me the most I think. It just is dumb. So many women end up having to take pitocin or having a c-section because their bodies wont progress in labor, but the main problem is they are exhausted and no one has fueled the body! You would not have someone run a marathon with no fuel, why would you expect them to labor that way?? I know many women who have said my body just wouldnt progress, it just is like that. And while there may be some people that this condition is true for, majority of our bodies are readily able to birth. We are just expecting it to do it quickly with no fuel and thats dumb. So if you are wondering... I will be trying to labor at home as long as possible (good thing I am only 2 minutes from the hospital) and sneaking food in when I do go in. I refuse to be told my body cant handle labor just because I am starving it. Now if its something else that my body is having issues with ok, but I wont have a c-section just for starvation. No thank you. : )
I will add that in 1999 the World Health Organization began suggesting that women be served light meals during labor, and yet 12 years later we still dont implement it. It shows how Health care today is so slow and does things more out of ritual and tradition than medical necessity. (Pardon the soap box... Ill step down now)
Any opinions on the first two??