While I’m sat in a field my Home Birth Support Group UK shows me induction and caesarean for big baby pressure is rising. This is despite NICE and RCOG (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and The Royal College of Obstetrians and Gynaecologists) both clearly stated this is not advised with NICE going further and stating that scanning the general population for big baby is also not advised.
Concern is also growing in the birth world over the application of the Warwick Big Baby Trial, with reports and stories filtering through of coercion, of women being persuaded into induction first and then told about the trial and of women who decline induction not being invited to the cohort section (if this applies to you please feed back to me or to the trial coordinator as I am collating concerns to submit to them).
The number of trusts involved, even in a pandemic, keeps rising. To check if your trusts is involved click HERE. (Note check the trust not the hospital as the hospital listed for Aneurin Bean doesn’t have births).
Click HERE for more information on National and Local Birth Pool and Tens hire
Sam’s story Jan 2021- Sam is a member of our Home Birth Support Group UK and her story is such a powerful one.
Well I didn’t get my HBAC but I did manage a VBAC, much to my own surprise as well as literally every single HCP I encountered in the later stages of my pregnancy.
My daughter Birdie was measuring 9lb 5oz at my 38 week scan, which in hindsight I probably should have declined, as it caused me a lot of grief and mental energy in advocating for my choices over the remaining weeks of my pregnancy.
She was predicted to be over 10lb at birth.
I wanted the most time and the best chance of achieving a VBAC, and by the time my trust suspended planned home births I had run out of puff and decided to labour on the delivery suite. The last few weeks of my pregnancy were extremely hard emotionally, but perhaps that’s a story for another time.
When she made her arrival it turns out she was 7lb 11oz… I call that a pretty material difference! I suppose the moral of the story is to take growth scans with a pinch of salt.
Thankfully I had the support of this fabulous, life changing group and the confidence to stand my ground when faced with opposition. As a previous poster mentioned, if you can donate to the running of the group, please do.
I can’t believe I actually grew a baby and pushed her out!
Best Big Baby Links and Information.
1. Sweeps and Inducing Labour Making Informed Decisions – Samantha Gadsden Doula.
2. Big Babies – Curse of (Mis) Diagnosing a Macrosamic Infant – Part 1 – Sarah Ockwell Smith.
3. Big Babies – Birthing a Macrosamic Infant – Part 2– Sarah Ockwell Smith
4. Post Dates Induction of Labour – Balancing Risks (updated 2019) – Midwife Thinking
5. Evidence on Induction or C Section for a Big Baby – Evidence Based Birth
6. Sara Wickham and her incredible website and book (book link in link 1).
7. The Home Birth Of Lawrence – 10 pounds 4 ounces – Samantha Gadsden Doula
8. Big babies and the risk of care provider fear – Midwife Thinking
9. Leo’s Home Birth – 11 pounds. Rolling Hills Hypnotherapy.
Happy birthing whatever you decide.
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Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly Doula. SOS Doula, Telephone and online support is always available.
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