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Comment #1468962 by Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy Aug 10th 2013, 4:04 PM #

Couldn’t agree with this article more, first birth in Holles Street, if it wasn’t for being extremely vocal about what my birth preferences were as a healthy 28 year old with no complications the infliction of an episiotomy would have been bestowed on me. Was in active labour a record 1 hr 27 mins and still they tried to intervene to speed things up. I declined an episiotomy which I was told was a necessity and happily delivered my baby with no pain relief or interventions 8 mins later. Thank god for being knowledgeable and informed as otherwise god knows what would have been inflicted on me. Have many friends who’s labours were ‘rushed’ via unnecessary intervention.

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Column: The HSE has launched an assault on our birthing rights

Column: The HSE has launched an assault on our birthing rights

Ahead of the High Court ruling this morning in the case of pregnant woman Aja Teehan, who has been told by the HSE that she is ineligible to have a home birth, campaigner Sinéad Redmond discusses the implications of the case.

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    Favourite Colin C
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    Aug 10th 2013, 4:24 PM

    I’m interested to know whether those who feel rushed through labour are under private consultant care, or the midwife led care you get in the public system? I’ve been through 3 deliveries (with my wife, obviously) in the NHS and in CUMH, and all public midwife-led. Even though we have private health insurance and could afford private care, we chose public in UK and Ireland because it was the only way to get midwife led care. The stories we hear about consultants offering caesarians to suit their own calendars, with no medical necessity is horrifying. Having said that, we are also delighted to have given birth in hospitals where there would be immediate access to medication, blood supplies and monitoring equipment to put our minds at rest. We were out in 24 hours anyway, so I don’t personally understand why the hullabaloo about home birth, but if it’s as safe and as cheap as hospital deliveries, then go for it. I didn’t personally feel my wife would be fully safe at home, and neither did she.

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    Favourite Lisa Shanley
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    Aug 10th 2013, 5:57 PM

    I had an episiotomy on my first son, he was three days overdue, meconium in the fluid and in distress. I could have refused, but no way would I take the risk for the sake of a few stitches (which caused me no pain afterwards whatsoever). Some episiotomies are necessary and as he was 9lb 13oz there was a chance of a delay in his birth which could have had serious implications

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    Favourite Rebecca Murphy
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    Aug 10th 2013, 6:06 PM

    Hi Lisa, I agree episiotomies are necessary, in some cases, but it seems the system can be a little ‘episiotomy Happy’. I had no meconium in my fluids, my babies heart rate was perfect and everything was going very according to plan within a very short period of time yet they wanted to give me one which I denied. Had it of put my baby at risk not having one of course I would have agreed, but they simply wanted to rush an already perfectly happy stable labour unnecessarily.

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    Favourite Rebecca Murphy
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    Aug 10th 2013, 6:09 PM

    Sorry also just to highlight I was exactly on time. So no complications whatsoever.

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    Favourite Jo Murphy
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    Aug 11th 2013, 5:25 PM

    I think the place you feel safe is the place to birth. My fear of hospitals and interventions would have resulted in one, had I been there, I have no doubt. I’m all for midwife led care and a quick exit, I think it’s an excellent option – but their choices are very limited by hospital policy. What if your wife had wanted to labour in water? To have her other children there? any birth attendant she wanted, all the space and time she wanted to labour without pressure from the clock. To eat during labour? To feel confident she would be included in decisions about episiotomy, monitoring, labouring positions, etc etc? To have only people she knew around her, no midwife changes etc?

    I know of many people who’ve had wonderful births in midwife led care – and of many who’ve had their birth ruined by a shift change to one midwife who just didn’t suit them. Why not be allowed choose?

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