Posted by Saraline , Thursday, September 4, 2008 8:54 PM
I had an appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital today, and after speaking with the nurse and with the doctor, I feel confident that I will be able to have a natural birth there. I was told that episiotomies are not routine, having a cesarean is my choice, and I can sit up when I am giving birth. They do not make a habit of intervening with an episiotomy or cesarean unless it is absolutely necessary. I will need an IV, but I do not have to have one for water.
The nurse told me not be scared because having a child is a natural occurrence and it does not mean that the woman is sick. This is how I already feel about having a baby and it was reassuring to hear that from somebody at the hospital, especially when I have been reading that people who work in hospitals think that they are rescuing women from childbirth.
The nurse also said that she was surprised that I do not want a cesarean, as most people who broach the subject really want to have one. This supports my theory that the cesarean rate in Canada has as much to do with the attitude of the patients as it does with the attitude of the doctors.