everything seems to be pretty much the same as it was last week. Sarah is now dilated to a conservative 2. Her midwife said it was probably between a 2 and a 3, but to be on the safe side called it a 2. I felt bad because Sarah feels like she should be making more progress than she is right now. I just don’t want her to get too frustrated. She still has plenty of time to progress. She’s still about 2 weeks from the due date anyway. She’s just tired of being pregnant at this point and wants her to come out and join the world. I can’t say that I blame her. It really has been rough on her. We both just need to stay positive and focus on the end product here.
Jessica recommended an interesting documentary available through Netflix to us the other day. It’s called “The Business of Being Born” (I think). I didn’t watch the whole thing, but Sarah did. What I did watch was very, very interesting and informative. Throughout this whole process, I have been a little leary of her decision to go through a midwife and to use a doula. This documentary opened my eyes a lot to the situation and to see things from Sarah’s perspective. I think this is a much better way for us to go about this pregnancy and I am confident that everything will go well and go as planned.
A few things from the documentary that really hit home for me: most c-sections take place around 4:oo in the afternoon (because the doctor wants to go home) or 10:00 at night (because the doctor doesn’t want to do an all-nighter). We were told at 9:00 PM during labor for Tori’s birth that a c-section was necessary “for the good of the baby.” Coincidence? That’s another thing…they talked about doctors and hospital staff manipulating parents-to-be by saying that things are done “for the good of the baby” and no parent is going to dispute that because they only want the best for the baby anyway. I remember numerous times “for the good of the baby” was used during labor. Like I said, it was a very interesting documentary and I am very glad I watched (what I did of) it. Thanks Jessica!