baby business

9 December 2008 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Just a few weeks ago I became and auntie for the very first time ever! My niece is absolutely beautiful and I am wildly in love. My brother and sister-in-law live in Pennsylvania, so we have only seen pictures so far, but she’s such a sweet little thing.

My brother and his wife chose to have their baby in a women’s hospital. And although I know many women who have been happy with their birth experiences at hospitals and with OBs, it was frustrating to hear my brother and my SIL tell me about the different attempts they made to induce my SIL, who was clearly not “ripe” for labor by exam and who was barely a week overdue. And then to hear about the — thankfully relatively minor, all things considered — complications that occurred as a result of the fact that her doctor was trying to push for something to happen that was not ready to happen was frustrating further still.

I don’t know all the details about why they induced when they did. I don’t know if my SIL and brother were asking to be induced or if they were being pressured by their OB. I didn’t press for information because I didn’t want to plant any seeds of doubt at such a late stage, so much of the labor and birth are affected by how the mother feels about the whole experience.

Mama and papa and baby are all happy and healthy and well — and that is the most important thing of all! But sometimes it feels so frustrating to be so powerless against the hospital machine. Sometimes I just want to go around and catch all the precious little new babies myself!

Just kidding!


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