Sunday, November 02, 2008

The blind leading the blind ... into a potential disaster

Will someone please head over to the MDC UC board and do something about the clueless mother trying to UC being encouraged by the pack of nitwits who have no idea what they are talking about, but are offering "advice" anyway?

Claddaghmom has supposedly been in labor for almost 48 hours. She has been posting and updating for over 36 hours. Initially she thought she was in transition, but obviously anyone in transition would not be able to sit at the computer and type. Everyone offered encouragement, their own theories on what was going on (none correct), and "advice" that was inappropriate. The mother was simply inexperienced and didn't realize she was still in latent phase.

After more than 24 hours of contractions, the mother went to the hospital to find that she was only 4 cm, not surprisingly, and she insisted on going home. Then she got a variety of conflicting and useless suggestions on how to stimulate her labor, not to mention lots of inane encouragement ("you're doing a fantastic job;" really? how would they know? they have no idea what is happening}.

Now the mother once again believes herself to be in transition, although she reports that her contractions are petering out. She's probably not in transition now, either. This is what someone needs to tell her:


She needs to stop asking for "advice" from people who don't know what they are talking about and are just making things up as they go along. She needs to be cared for by knowledgeable people, and both she and her "advisors" are utterly clueless. It sounds like she needs either morphine to stop her contractions and let her sleep, or if she has made progress, pitocin to augment her labor. At a minimum, because of prolonged labor and ineffective contractions, she is at high risk for a significant postpartum hemorrhage.

She needs to go to the hospital, end this farce and get competent and knowledgeable care. The members of MDC should be ashamed of themselves for advising anything else.

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