Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth


TT: Why It's Okay to Ask Questions of Your Care Provider

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM
Although World Breastfeeding Week: Close to Mothers has come to a conclusion, we continue with Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the USA.  We will be bringing back our "In Their Own Words" for the rest of the month.

This series shares chronicles from students and readers about their own breastfeeding journeys.  Each mother has a unique story, one that I trust will empower you if you are learning about breastfeeding, and inspire you if you are in the trenches, struggling as you learn to breastfeed with your Sweet Pea.

Today's "Thoughtful Thursday" is not about breastfeeding specifically.  However, since a family's birth experience precedes the breastfeeding relationship, birth outcomes tend to directly influence the choice a mother makes about breastfeeding.  My thought relates to having a dialogue with your care provider about your birth:

"My obstetrician is trained medical professional.  He has years of schooling and experience about birth.  Who am I to question them?  Is it okay to question how they do what they do?"

I recently watched the documentary, "Business of Being Born" from start to finish.  The quote that stands out in my memory, the one that will forever resonate as we continue to teach childbirth preparation courses, is this one:

“The point here is there's not a good history in obstetric practice of careful study of the long term effects of all these interventions."
Dr. Marsden Wagner, former director of Women‟s and Children‟s Health, World Health Organization 

This excerpt from a press release summarizes the doctor's statement:

"THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN touches on a number of past medical interventions that have gone terribly wrong. The film explores the use of the drug scopolamine in the 40s, 50s and 60s that put mothers into a kind of “twilight sleep” that didn‟t stop pain, but merely eliminated the memory of pain by attacking the brain functions responsible for self-awareness and self-control, resulting in a kind of psychosis, followed by post-traumatic stress-like memories in thousands of new mothers. In the 30s doctors routinely took x-rays of the pelvis, resulting in babies with cancer. In the 70s, use of the drug thalidomide, used for morning sickness, caused birth defects, while in the 90s, the drug Cytotec was used to stimulate contractions in mothers who had undergone previous Cesarean section. This was later found to cause ruptured uteruses and high infant mortality."  
Read more about the movie here:

We need to remember that obstetricians are trained surgeons, working in a field that has no long-term studies on any of the interventions they are offering.  They are comfortable in their intervention paradigm.  If you are planning to go the "natural" route, it is worth your time to engage them in a conversation about care they are going to provide that is outside of their status quo. 

That's why, "Yes," it is okay to engage your care provider in a respectful dialogue about your birth choices that will in turn influence your ability to form the breastfeeding relationship you want with your child.  I would add the caveat *especially* if you are choosing to birth within the traditional doctor-hospital-patient paradigm.  Plug into the groups that advocate evidence-based birth.  Know what is normal and what the variations of normal are.  

As part of today's Thoughtful Thursday, I want to take a moment to remind you of a very important event being planned for Labor Day 2013.  The advocacy organization, Improving Birth, is holding their second annual RALLY to bring attention to the state of maternity care in the United States.

Ask questions, be informed, and if you are in an area where there is a Rally for Change going on, please get your family there and show up for evidence-based birth. 

Categories: Communication, Rally to Improve Birth, Thoughtful Thursday

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply nike lebron 16
8:00 AM on January 24, 2022 
My husband and i felt very relieved Louis managed to deal with his analysis out of the precious recommendations he was given from your web site. It is now and again perplexing to just happen to be handing out strategies which other folks have been selling. And we all acknowledge we've got the website owner to give thanks to for that. Most of the illustrations you made, the easy web site menu, the relationships you can make it easier to create - it's got many terrific, and it's helping our son in addition to us believe that this theme is excellent, and that's seriously pressing. Thanks for all!
nike lebron 16 http://www.lebron16.us
Reply supreme clothing
8:01 AM on January 24, 2022 
I am writing to let you understand what a extraordinary experience my cousin's princess encountered studying yuor web blog. She realized many pieces, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess a wonderful teaching nature to make other folks without difficulty have an understanding of a number of very confusing matters. You undoubtedly did more than visitors' expected results. I appreciate you for producing those warm and friendly, trusted, educational and even unique tips about that topic to Janet.
supreme clothing http://www.supremeclothings.us.com
Reply kyrie shoes
8:01 AM on January 24, 2022 
I not to mention my pals were found to be viewing the good suggestions located on your web blog and then suddenly I got a horrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the web site owner for them. Those men became totally glad to learn them and have now actually been using them. We appreciate you really being so accommodating and then for using these kinds of very good issues millions of individuals are really desperate to know about. My very own honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.
kyrie shoes http://www.kyrie4shoes.us
Reply jordan 13
8:01 AM on January 24, 2022 
Thanks so much for giving everyone a very breathtaking opportunity to read articles and blog posts from this blog. It is usually very pleasurable and stuffed with fun for me and my office co-workers to search your site minimum three times every week to see the fresh issues you will have. Not to mention, we are usually fascinated with your dazzling guidelines you serve. Certain 3 points in this posting are without a doubt the simplest I've ever had.
jordan 13 http://www.jordan13.us.com
Reply golden goose shoes
8:04 AM on January 24, 2022 
My wife and i have been very excited Albert could conclude his investigation while using the ideas he made from your site. It's not at all simplistic to just be giving for free solutions which men and women have been selling. And now we recognize we have the website owner to be grateful to because of that. The entire illustrations you have made, the straightforward site navigation, the relationships you will give support to engender - it's got most astonishing, and it's making our son in addition to the family reason why this concept is amusing, and that's exceedingly important. Many thanks for all!
golden goose shoes http://www.goldengoose-shoes.us.com
Reply off white clothing
1:40 PM on January 26, 2022 
I simply wanted to compose a small word to say thanks to you for some of the splendid suggestions you are placing on this website. My rather long internet investigation has at the end of the day been rewarded with high-quality details to go over with my friends and classmates. I would believe that we website visitors are definitely fortunate to live in a fabulous website with many brilliant individuals with insightful tips and hints. I feel very grateful to have encountered your entire web page and look forward to really more enjoyable times reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.
off white clothing http://www.off--white.us.com
Reply curry shoes
1:40 PM on January 26, 2022 
Needed to draft you the bit of remark to be able to say thanks a lot once again for your personal precious ideas you have shown in this article. It has been simply incredibly open-handed with you to convey unreservedly all that many individuals would've offered as an e-book in making some cash for their own end, especially considering the fact that you could possibly have done it in the event you wanted. These good tips also served to be a easy way to be sure that some people have the identical dreams just like my very own to understand great deal more around this matter. I am certain there are many more enjoyable instances in the future for those who browse through your site.
curry shoes http://www.curry7shoes.us
Reply longchamp handbags
1:41 PM on January 26, 2022 
I wanted to post a message to express gratitude to you for some of the superb tips you are writing on this website. My extensive internet investigation has finally been rewarded with awesome facts and strategies to share with my pals. I 'd admit that we website visitors are undoubtedly blessed to exist in a wonderful community with many special individuals with very helpful tricks. I feel really privileged to have encountered the website page and look forward to some more fun moments reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.
longchamp handbags http://www.longchampshandbags.us.org
Reply curry shoes
1:41 PM on January 26, 2022 
I have to show my passion for your kind-heartedness giving support to persons that really need guidance on that matter. Your very own dedication to passing the message across had become astonishingly advantageous and has usually made individuals like me to arrive at their goals. Your warm and friendly hints and tips entails much to me and still more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from all of us.
curry shoes http://www.curryshoes.net
Reply off white
1:42 PM on January 26, 2022 
Thank you so much for providing individuals with an exceptionally superb chance to read from this site. It is usually very pleasant and as well , jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office co-workers to visit your website nearly thrice in a week to see the latest guides you have got. And definitely, I am just always impressed with your breathtaking ideas you serve. Some 4 tips in this posting are absolutely the best I've ever had.
off white http://www.off-whiteshoes.us.com
Reply yeezy
1:42 PM on January 26, 2022 
I simply wanted to construct a quick word to appreciate you for all of the lovely pointers you are sharing here. My particularly long internet look up has finally been honored with reputable knowledge to write about with my classmates and friends. I would assume that most of us site visitors actually are rather fortunate to exist in a wonderful place with very many lovely professionals with insightful points. I feel truly fortunate to have used the web site and look forward to plenty of more entertaining times reading here. Thanks again for all the details.
yeezy http://www.shoesyeezy.com
Reply moncler
1:43 PM on January 26, 2022 
I wish to point out my gratitude for your kindness in support of men and women that really need help on the area of interest. Your special dedication to getting the message all through has been astonishingly beneficial and have continually helped folks much like me to arrive at their goals. Your entire valuable facts means this much to me and far more to my office colleagues. Thanks a ton; from all of us.
moncler http://www.monclerjackets.us
Reply curry shoes
6:19 PM on January 28, 2022 
I would like to point out my passion for your kindness for those individuals that should have guidance on this one concept. Your special commitment to getting the solution throughout became especially important and has usually enabled associates like me to realize their objectives. This warm and helpful recommendations indicates much to me and substantially more to my office colleagues. Best wishes; from everyone of us.
curry shoes http://www.curry8shoes.us