Jill at The Unnecessarean linked to this frustrating but great birth story at My Best Birth. “A Curvy Gal’s fight for a Natural Childbirth” is full of head exploding details, such as baseless threats from her midwife, recommendations for risky procedures with a lack of adequate informed consent, and suggestions of medical approaches that would actually increase the risk of adverse outcomes, not decrease them.
Here is a choice quote:
After some research, I called my midwife to say that I did not want a Miso induction, and that I wanted to wait and go into labor spontaneously. She said, “Well, in my experience, women with BMIs higher that 26 tend to have cervixes that won’t dilate without chemical induction.” Okay—first I was being pressured into induction because of the increased risks of a long gestation to m y baby and NOW she’s saying that because I am a curvier gal, my body is somehow clueless about giving birth (by the way, I had NO other risk factors in this pregnancy—no gestational diabetes, no elevated blood pressure, etc) I have since searched high and low for ANY medical study that supports her belief and have come up with nothing. I argued with her that I’d like to give my body the chance to go into labor on its own—at least through the weekend (agreeing to the postponed induction with the foly (sic) catheter instead). She was condescending and doubtful, but ultimately said it was up to me.
The good news is that she did her research, refused the inductions, and ended up going into labor spontaneously and having a quick and easy birth.