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Sunday, May 29, 2016

A new addition



This is Abbie - Another Gemini in the family

Okay, this post is part joy, part rant and part opinion poll.  Your comments are welcome.  Last Wed my niece gave birth to her first child, a girl she named Abbie.  She was anxious for this kid to arrive plus my sister was anxious to be a grandparent.  Congrats to the new mother and baby who are doing well.  I know my niece will make a great mother.  She loves kids.



 Abbie with her mom
 
The thing I have to rant about is that they rushed this delivery along because of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.  This wasn't the case twenty-thirty years ago.  But today it’s for the doctor’s convenience because it seems the medical staff no longer wants to be interrupted in the middle of the night or on holidays.  A long time nurse confirmed this.  I really have a beef with this kind of attitude and I have a sister that agrees with me or maybe more than one who does.  I haven’t discussed this with all of my siblings.

Abbie with her dad

When a doctor goes to medical school he/she knows very well what is entailed as the years go along.  They take an oath to provide medical care and that oath doesn’t exclude holidays, weekends, vacations, etc.  Medical people are paid well for their expertise and service to the community and patients.  For everything there is a price.  Doctors aren’t excluded.

Of course the new grandparents don’t want to even discuss this issue at all.  This baby wasn’t due for another week and the mother and child weren’t in any danger.  If that was the case I’d be all for it (inducing labor), but otherwise I think nature should take its course.  What did they do years ago before any of this stuff was invented, or even thought of before childbirth?

So I realize my opinion doesn’t really count in this situation but I’d like to know what the rest of you think about this.  Thanks for your input.

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  2. Sunni, I totally agree with you! And two of my three children were born during the Easter holidays! The youngest one was finally induced because the amnion was leaking fluid and my uterus wasn't doing anything (I was an "old" mother with that one - 39). In general, the closer we can stay to nature's time table, the better off we'll be. I especially object to Cesarean births unless it's to save the life of the mother. Everything goes out of whack.

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    1. JoAnne,

      Thanks for your expert opinion on this subject. I really think nature will take it's course when it's the right time and no one should intervene except to save the mother and baby.

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      Sunni

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  3. She is beautiful. Congrats to the family! I would have to know a bit more before I could make an opinion if they rushed her birth or not. I know in the case of my grandson, my daughter in law was so ready to have him, but the doctors did nothing to rush her along and she had him a day before her due date after her water broke. I know most doctors won't push matters along and wull let women go a week past their due date before they induce labor. I would neer to know her blood pressure, did they do any monitoring of the baby before delivery, was she showing stress, and what was the reason and method used to induce the early delivery. I am by no means a doctor or nurse, but have pickef up a lot of knowledge after typing medical reports for over 40 years.

    Again, congrats to all.

    Betty

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    1. Betty,

      My niece was anxious to have this baby, as you can imagine. She went to the hospital but there weren't any beds available. They said she was fine and to go home. As far as I know her water hadn't even broke yet and everything looked okay. So they didn't admit her until the next day when they discovered another patient had false labor. It was on her DR advice that she go to the hospital to start with. I hear he had been wonderful throughout the pregnancy and they would do whatever he said to do.

      My other sister tells me my niece and the baby were fine and there was no stress involved. My sister took off work to be there at the hospital that day. They kept giving my niece stuff to induce labor but nothing was working, so they finally got serious about it that evening.
      A former nurse told the family it was a common practice to get all the deliveries done before a holiday or a weekend.

      Thanks for your input, Betty.

      Sunni

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  4. Sorry for all the typos, I am on my tablet, always harder to type on that

    Betty

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    1. Betty,

      Don't ever worry about type-o's. We all make them.

      Sunni

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  5. Congratulations! She is beautiful. I think it is awful that they rushed a birth because of a holiday weekend.I would think that can put the baby and mom at risk and as you said, doctors know what they are in for when they are in medical school. I am glad everyone is healthy despite the rush.

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    1. pilch,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad mother and baby are doing fine too because things could have gone wrong. You bet doctors know what they're in for once they sign up for medical school.

      Sunni

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  6. Sis, I could rant on this for hours!!!!!!!! I lost a child on a Memorial Day weekend as you know because my doctor could not be found. He was attending a party! They are blessed to have Abbie healthy but I do agree with you 100%!
    http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thea,

      I know you do and I appreciate that. I know you had a terrible experience that can never be undone and I'm so sorry about that. It could just as well have gone that way for Jodi and Abbie. I'm glad they are both well and doing fine. But I'm really against this sort of stuff. A mother and child should not be rushed along. Doctors take an oath and are here to help and they should live and breathe that oath. Holidays and weekends should never enter into the picture.

      Thank for leaving your comment.

      Sunni

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  7. Congrats on the birth. As for inducing... You'd have to talk to my mother. Who has been a labor and delivery nurse for longer than I've been on the planet. There are many reasons to induce. And many reasons not to.

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    1. Liz,

      I would love to talk to your mother about that. A delivery and maternity nurse for twenty-seven years told the family this wasn't necessary in my nieces's case.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      Sunni

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  8. Being in the medical field I can also confirm this, Sunni. Unfortunately, there are many doctors and staff who put themselves and their time before the health of their patients.
    Congratulations to the parents, grandparents and grandaunt! ;D

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    1. Vashti,

      Good to hear from you and have this confirmed by someone in the medical field. It's a shame this happens. I'm glad everything went okay.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Sunni

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