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C-Section for Cervical Swelling?! (she had her baby--update)

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I'm wondering because my sister in law claims that she has to have a c-section because her cervix is swollen and the internal exam (36week) hurt. She claims the doctor was pushing for a natural labor, but now claims that if she labors she most likely won't be able to deliver. I'm not trying to sway her or anything. She's beyond that even if I wanted to, but I'm just wondering about this because I've never heard of this. I don't mean to sound mean or judgmental against her, but I have a feeling that her doctor is doing this out of convenience and she's just said the "natural" part because I post about birth and breastfeeding (not like others need my approval do what they want with their bodies!)


So, she went ahead with the c-section. Baby was 7lbs 11oz and was put on oxygen (a nasal cannula) because he got fluid in his lungs from the section. My sister was just leaving as they were weaning him off. It irritates me that my SIL would put my nephew's health and safety at risk for her comfort and her refusal to take responsibility to educate herself. Yes, I feel it's important not to become the doctor, but I feel that at the end of the day the buck stops with the parents.

by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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Beth3721
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

 Well that's interesting. I've only had one pregnancy and I was high risk.  I was checked at every appointment and just assumed it was normal. 


Quoting MonicaV1982:

 

at 6 weeks I had an initial pap smear, but yes. I talked to the midwife about my condition and she checked me and had me meet with the OB. I had massive pelvic floor surgery at 5 weeks and so my perineum is extremely weak. I had my C-section scheduled around 10 weeks, and during the visits they never did another. They said that even for vaginal births they don't like to check unless mom reports something.

Quoting Beth3721:

 So you went your whole pregnancy without a cervical exam?  I don't think that's right.

 

Quoting MonicaV1982:

As for regular checks they bother me, but for pregnancy exams I never had one because I have to have real medically necessary c-sections.

Quoting Beth3721:

Never heard of it.  Don't most cervical exams hurt?  Mine did. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MonicaV1982
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Besides not checking the non-high risk I wasn't checked myself A) because I was already going to have a c-section and B) because I wasn't high risk in any other way. If it weren't for the one issue I had a very uneventful pregnancy.

Quoting Beth3721:

 Well that's interesting. I've only had one pregnancy and I was high risk.  I was checked at every appointment and just assumed it was normal. 


Quoting MonicaV1982:


at 6 weeks I had an initial pap smear, but yes. I talked to the midwife about my condition and she checked me and had me meet with the OB. I had massive pelvic floor surgery at 5 weeks and so my perineum is extremely weak. I had my C-section scheduled around 10 weeks, and during the visits they never did another. They said that even for vaginal births they don't like to check unless mom reports something.

Quoting Beth3721:

 So you went your whole pregnancy without a cervical exam?  I don't think that's right.


Quoting MonicaV1982:

As for regular checks they bother me, but for pregnancy exams I never had one because I have to have real medically necessary c-sections.

Quoting Beth3721:

Never heard of it.  Don't most cervical exams hurt?  Mine did. 











Sarah725
by Group Mod - Sarah on Jan. 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Unless she has some kind of infection that's crazy.
MonicaV1982
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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yeah. It's her body and all, but it just didn't seem logical. I wonder if it was just a convenience thing and she was given some lame excuse to give.

Quoting Sarah725:

Unless she has some kind of infection that's crazy.



Mrs.Salz
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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Sounds like a lame excuse.  A trial of labor would be a lot more appropriate to see if it's even an issue (which I doubt).

Mrs.Salz
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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I've gone my whole pregnancy without any exams and won't be having any during labor either.

It has no benefits when done routinely - it's useful in some situations, but usually not needed even for most high risk pregnancies.

Quoting Beth3721:

 


Cynthje
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM


I have never had a cervical exam during pregancy and with my second i didnt have any during labor either (with my first i had two total during labor). Here pap smears are never done on pregnant woman so i had no reason to get an exam.

Quoting Beth3721:

 So you went your whole pregnancy without a cervical exam?  I don't think that's right.







 Throughout the world, there exists a group of women who feel mightily drawn to giving care to women in childbirth. At the same time maternal and independent, responsive to a mother's needs, yet accepting full responsibility as her attendant; such women are natural midwives. Without the presence and acceptance of the midwife, obstetrics becomes aggressive, technical, and inhuman.

Professor G.J. Kloosterman, Chief of OB/GYN, Univ. of Amsterdam

 


MonicaV1982
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

yeah. I thought so too. She told me that she's following what the doctor says. She even said she'll let them do whatever they want with her baby and she plans on mixed feeding. I tried explaining about nipple confusion and forgot to mention supply is still regulating. She seems intent, so I've dropped it all.

Quoting Mrs.Salz:

Sounds like a lame excuse.  A trial of labor would be a lot more appropriate to see if it's even an issue (which I doubt).



gamelas
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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i call bullshit on this one!  and why is she being checked?  rediculous


MonicaV1982
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

bump for update

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