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Thread: C/S, Episiotomy, Induction etc - What are your odds?

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    May 2004

    Default C/S, Episiotomy, Induction etc - What are your odds?

    I've just spent an interesting (if not a bit depressing ) morning looking at perinatal statistics for Queensland public hospitals. According to Queensland Health, if you gave birth in a public hospital in 2006 (I did!) here is what we were up against before we even set foot in the door.

    Only 33% of us would be allowed to go into labour at a time of our baby's choosing, and not have our labours sped up with drugs (augmented).

    Only 59% of us would push our babies out unassisted. 10% of us were helped with instruments (vacuum/forceps), and a further 32% had a caesarean.

    Only 37% of us laboured all the way through without any pain relief.

    Only 36% of us still had our bits intact after a vaginal birth. The rest of us either had an episiotomy, or experienced injuries varying from a slight graze to a 4th degree tear.

    Those of us whose births were attended by obstetricians had triple the risk of having an episiotomy compared to those who's baby was caught by a midwife.

    There's more but I've depressed myself quite thoroughly enough. And private hospital statistics of course are much worse.

    All I can say ladies is...knowledge is power. You may not be able to control everything that happens during your baby's birth, but the one thing you can control is where you choose to do it, and who you do it with. Mostly we make this decision at the beginning of pregnancy, yet it has such massive implications for what happens at the end which we rarely appreciate until the game is over. It's worth doing your research

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    Jul 2006


    Wow, that is depressing isn't it. I had a bub in 2006 too but in a private hospital, and luckily for that birth I was in the minority - I just missed out on a perfect score though - I used gas and had a small tear (which was nothing compared to an episiotomy let me tell you!!). But I almost made it LOL!! I am definitely one of the lucky ones!!

    Although if I had known then what I know now, my first birth in 2005 would have gone very differently!!

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    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW


    Oh I believe it!! I was one of the women who took part in the study. I was told by the women who interviewed me that I was one of the 10% of women to achieve a VBAC in the last quarter of 2006.

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