At See Baby and See Baby Midwifery, one of the most important standards that drives our care is “shared decision making.” This includes an essential respect for Mothers and Families to be given information, choices, and options–something that should be more commonplace in Maternal Health, and healthcare in general. Shared decision making begins with a conversation, and that conversation continues throughout the entire caregiver relationship. This recent Facebook posts, we believe, is a perfect example of what shared decision making can look like:
We transferred to SEE BABY at 33 weeks after it became clear that my previous provider was not going to be supportive of my birth choices. From the moment I met with Dr. B, Kay, Ellen and Lynn, I knew that I was in the right place. They all made me feel so supported.
I have a mild congenital heart defect, and although my cardiologist had cleared me as perfectly healthy and able to have a natural, unmedicated birth my original provider was treating me like a sick person. Everyone at SEE Baby made me feel like a normal mother-to-be, while also being diligent about monitoring me for any new symptoms at my visits. I had a perfectly healthy pregnancy and looked forward to my visits with the midwives!
At 41 weeks and 3 days I went into labor, which turned into 45 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing. I was originally trying to labor unmedicated, but opted for an epidural. I had a few other deviations from my original birth preferences and Dr. B made me feel so supported. His presence was so calming during the whole labor and as we had to make some tough decisions, I felt truly like I was a part of the decision making process. Dr. B presented me with my options and answered all of my questions. I never felt rushed or pressured. Lynn and Ellen were also present at the birth and were so encouraging during the long pushing process!
After 45 hours and 4 hours of pushing, our beautiful 9 lb 1.5 ounce daughter needed a little help and was born with the skilled assistance of Dr. B and forceps.
She is perfect and we are so in love with our little Zoey! We are so grateful to the whole team for their support during pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum.