Sunday, October 25, 2009
OBs Ban Doulas, Birth Plans, and The Bradley Method
In case you have a hard time reading it, it says: "Because the Physicians at Aspen's Women's Center care about the quality of their patients deliveries and are very concerned about the welfare and health of your unborn child, we will not participate in: a "Birth Contract", a Doulah Assisted, or Bradley Method delivery. For those patients who are interested in such methods, please notify the nurse so we may arrange transfer of your care."
You may have had the privilege of seeing this sign before now. I just saw it yesterday for the first time. Ironically, these OBs, Dr. Judd and Dr. Gordon, had both been recommended to me when I was pregnant with our first baby in Provo. The doctor I had, Dr. Brian Wolsey, I am certain, held the same opinion as these two doctors. In fact, when David saw the sign he even asked if that was hanging in Dr. Wolsey's office!
Well, as crazy as it seems, at least they are honest about the clients they want walking through their door. So often, I see doctors who feel this way, but are NOT honest. They tell women that, yes, they will do whatever they want, but have no intention of doing so.
Remember, birth is safe. These doctors are determined to save their clients, or "patients", from the "dangers" of a birth contract (plan), doula (they even spelled it wrong!), or the crazy Bradley teachers like myself!
If you have a doctor who ignores the evidence and/or your wishes, he is looking out for himself, not for you or your baby, despite making comments like this. This sign makes the reader feel as if these 3 things are unsafe and they are only looking out for your baby. Just the opposite! He or she wants to run the show. Waiting for your baby and body on your schedule is an inconvenience. They want you to have an epidural.
So, consumer beware. If you suspect, or know, that you have a doctor that holds these views, it's never too late to switch. You will only give birth to this baby one time. There are no second chances. Take control of your birth! Do not relinquish it to an ego-maniac doctor that tells you that you can't educate yourself, have a female companion to help you through labor, or have specific desires for this special day.