Here is an update to my latest post, Getting the Run Around. I just came back from my OBGYN doctor. I feel very strongly that I am my own best advocate and I truly believe after my conversations with my doctor today, he has my best interest in mind and will also strongly advocate that this c-section happens as planned.
So, here is the plan. I go forward with the amniocentesis on Wednesday (a prerequisite to a cesarean before 39 weeks). Somehow, my paperwork magically turned up and it turns out I am indeed all set and scheduled for the amniocentesis Wednesday morning, contrary to the original claim that I had no such procedure planned. My doctor has informed me that due to the recent unprecedented amount of “inconclusive” results for fetal lung maturity, he will push for a second test to be performed that day if results are inconclusive. If in fact, those results are also inconclusive, he will continue to contact Peri-natologists until one will sign off on my c-section the following day. If in fact he is met with further opposition, I will be called in to plead my case.
Believe me, I do understand that some elective c-sections are done too early, for convenience of the doctors or mother. I truly believe the scenario presented to me at this point is in response to the few that try for an early delivery for these reasons. However, that is not the norm. I am opting for an elective c-sections because of very valid emotional and physical reasons. I am well-educated about my choices. I have been under great prenatal care, and have been monitored solely by one doctor throughout my pregnancy. I have a very good read on the dating of the baby due to an early dating ultrasound. My doctor agrees and promotes my decision, and, furthermore, dictates that the baby is healthy and able to be born on the date we decided on. There’s no reason that this hospital policy should trump my doctor’s ability to assess my physical and mental health, as well as the baby’s health, when he has been the one monitoring me for the last nine months.
And that, my friends, is my update. Hopefully the next post will be about the safe and uncomplicated arrival of my baby boy!
Thanks for reading,