Do you feel like you have information overload?
4 CommentsSaturday, 4 October 2014 | Admin
OMG information overload!!!
Whilst it is important to have choice in life sometimes you are left spinning and it is difficult to know which way to turn.
Over the last 10-20years choice has become a big part of maternity care. If I think back to when I first started midwifery (20+years ago) women and midwives just did what the doctor ordered. There was very little choice in pregnancy and birth and certinaly no pregnancy retreats
-Antenatal blood tests for abnormalities were only given to women over 35 yrs.
-You were only offered one Antenatal scan at 20 weeks and if you wanted to know the sex of your baby no one would tell you.... 'hospital policy'
-Labour was induced at a week over your due date.
-Home birth was not an option especially for first time mothers
- If you had had a cesarean section you would be having another one.
-If you had blood pressure problems in pregnancy you would be monitored in hospital for weeks.
One of my most lasting memories of those early days in antenatal clinic was waiting rooms full of women wearing those thin 'open at the back' hospital gowns. A wire shopping basket at their side, full of the clothes they had worn to come to clinic in , sat there waiting to see the doctor. Little did they know they were about to have what can only be described as full 'MOT' and the gown just made for easy access!
Yes the waiting rooms are still full but gone are the gowns and baskets and the MOT to be replace by choice
Your first choice is which Antenatal screening tests will you have?
Early pregnancy scans / screening tests for Down syndrome and other chromosomal anomalies / blood tests for infectious diseases.......
The NHS website www.screening.nhs.uk is a great resource to help give you an informed choice on these early screening tests in pregnancy.
And remember your midwife, GP and consultant obstetrician are all there to help you decide which tests are best for you .....