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This list of Red Flags is a good guide when determining whether to stick with your provider, or change care. Many women choose their birth team for reasons that seem reasonable, but may not actually be applicable. For example, if you have chosen your care provider because he or she has provided you with sound gynecological care for a number of years. You have a relationship with that person and because the title says OB/Gyn you assume that that person should be your Obstetrician as well. Not necessarily. You may have had several friends refer you to their OB and you trust them to offer you guidance in this process. Perhaps, or perhaps not. You chose your practitioner based on geography, appointments close to home or the office, and the doc has privileges at the hospital nearest you. Caution. Convenience is not generally a word associated with parenthood, best to learn that one right away!
Before deciding on a care provider, it's a good idea to educate yourself about some of the options you have (or may have) available to you in the birth process. Some of the biggest decisions involve the degree of intervention you are willing to accept in terms of policy/procedure/routine intervention, not medical necessity.
Educate yourself about:
- Pitocin (also called oxytocin, however misleading)
- How it relates to premature birth and the risks associated with it
- How it relates to the increase in cesarean section
- risk factors for baby
- Epidural/Spinal Anesthesia for "pain"
- How it may effect the baby's heart rate, and your baby's ability to breath and nurse
- How it relates to the increase in cesarean section, vacuum assisted delivery
- Continuous Fetal Monitoring
- How it relates to our inability to have freedom of movement to cope with discomfort
- How it relates to an increase in the perceived need for anesthesia
- How it relates to an increase in cesarean section