Nov 052012

“You cannot get out of bed or use the bathroom after your water breaks because the cord will fall out and your baby will die.” – OB to mother at 19 week prenatal.

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 November 5, 2012  informed consent, labor, prenatal  Add comments

  33 Responses to ““You Cannot Get Out Of Bed…After Your Water Breaks Because The Cord Will Fall Out…””

  1. So…’re saying I really had a home birth after my water broke there with #3?

  2. Are they really that stupid? My water broke at home and I paced for 6 hours before heading to the hospital. I guess my healthy happy 9 month old is a zombie.

  3. You know what makes me very sad and angry at the same time? There are so many people who blindly trust their doctors and don’t ever even think to question anything or do their own research. And if they are unfortunate enough to get an OB who makes idiotic statements like this they just go with it even though it makes no sense whatsoever. After all, if a doctor said it, it must be true. It doesn’t even dawn on them that so many of the doctor’s recommendations are not in the best interest of the patient, or even evidence based, some are even harmful, and are done solely in the interest of the medical staff.

    A person who doesn’t question their doctor and hears this will go in total freak out mode if her water breaks at home, will rush to the hospital like her life depended on it whether she has contractions or not and once there will be a good little patient, lie down as instructed and get pumped full of drugs if the nurses say so. You know, so her baby doesn’t die.

    So, so sad :(

  4. Don’t worry, I bring a magical unicorn with me. She stuffs it right back in. You’ll never even notice it.

  5. So, doc, what do I do if my water breaks as my first sign of labor (as it has for 3 of my 4 births)? Call an ambulance and make them carry me out on a stretcher? Somehow I don’t think they’d send me an ambulance for that.

  6. Yeah, same here. Water broke as the first sign of labor with my first child. Didn’t go to the hospital for another seven hours after that… I also have a zombie child…

    • My water broke as the first sign of labor for three of mine. With my other, (#3) I woke up with contractions and my water broke while I was sitting on the floor in my living room, playing solitaire on my laptop ant talking to my sister on the phone, waiting for DH to get home so he could take me to the hospital. I guess I have four zombie babies. Yay, I finally get to join the zombie baby club. lol

  7. Well, yeah, maybe if YOU break it before the head is engaged!*

    *And okay, there’s an extremely slim chance it could happen naturally, but it’s not like staying in bed would do much if the cord is already prolapsed, nor would the cord be likely to prolapse just from getting vertical.

  8. ok doc thats fine, if my waters break then il just stay right where i am until after the placenta is out ok! im sure the media would have a field day with “baby born in Bank when mother refused to leave on doctors orders”

  9. 19 weeks? Jumping ahead of ourselves Doc? She hopefully won’t even BE in labor for around 21 more weeks. That’s plenty of time to use unfounded scare tactics to try and get your way for HER labor and delivery.

    • Why such the emphasis on her labor and delivery? I would think if anyone has right to ownership it would be the person being delivered, the baby. Maybe it’s like hospital language, just a funny way of saying it, but I have heard this a thousand times.

      • Is it not HER labor, though, if it’s HER BABY’S delivery? Where is the woman in all of this?

      • Then the baby whose labor it is has the right to informed caregiving decisions by all involved, which means the best evidence-based care for the woman delivering him or her. And confining a woman to bed with no medication indication is not in the baby’s best interests and therefore harms the baby’s labor.

      • You’re right, it is the Baby’s delivery, but it is definitely the MOM’s LABOR. The baby is not the one contracting and pushing, those are the MOM’s muscles doing the work, therefore she is the one laboring.

        • I hit enter too soon. :(

          Since Mom is the one laboring, she should be allowed to do so in the most effective and comfortable way for her, not forced to lay in a bed just to satisfy the doctor. Unless, of course, there’s a medical indication that would require her to be laying down, but usually that wouldn’t be as apparent at only 19 weeks.

  10. Oh, really? Is that why my doctor encouraged me to get up and walk around after she broke my water? *facepalm*

  11. Thanks for the early warning! I’m outta here! 19 weeks indeed!

  12. My water broke all by itself when I was sitting on the couch watching Friends and playing Frontierville on Facebook. (DON’T JUDGE ME LOL the game was fun for awhile) So by this OB’s statement/logic, I shouldn’t have left the couch? LOL good to know! My couch was a lot more comfy than the hospital bed =P

    • Going by that logic, I should have delivered (in order) in the hall of my first apartment, right in front of my bathroom door, in my living room, and in my next-door neighbor’s driveway, right next to DH’s truck. (we have four vehicles over here and he only has one, so he lets us park the truck in his drive)

  13. Well, then my doula client had a zombie baby yesterday morning. Her water broke spontaneously 12 hours before she went to the hospital and pushed her baby out less than an hour after arriving…

  14. Just thinking out loud here… Since so many women’s waters break at home, it might be a good idea for someone to invent a bed that has wings. After all, she needs to be laying down the whole time. How can we expert her to follow this rule if she has to be upright in the car?

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