I’m not going to whine today. I’m not even going to be diplomatic.
Because I’m annoyed.
Because I believe in the rights of the patient, and because I love obstetrics and neonatology I’ve been reading a lot of blogs where women share their birth stories.
And a lot of them write about how they felt cheated out of a normal vertex delivery. Because their labour didn’t progress. Because the CTG showed decelerations. And so the doctor rushed them to theatre, and delivered their baby in one piece, and saved Mommy and Baby’s life.
And that makes Doctor horrible. For saving two lives.
I believe in listening to a patient’s wishes. I believe in trying as much as possible to stick to a mother’s birthing plan. But I also believe in saving lives. And I will not stick to someone’s birthing plan if it will cost their life, or impede in any way upon their or their unborn child’s livelihood.
Dear mothers, if you do not like your doctor’s opinion, get a second opinion. If a doctor saves your life, or gives you a live healthy baby, try to see the bright side. It’s not that difficult.
Women and their babies DIE daily in developing countries because they don’t have access to theaters and C-sections or even the knowledge that a section is required.
If a doctor ignores your wishes without good reason, if he is a paternalistic arse, find another doctor.
Just know that had something gone wrong, you would have blamed the doctor, and would quite likely have good reason. So be grateful for your happy bouncy baby child. Please.