Hospital Policies - I just don't get it
Some hospital policies make sense and others just blow my mind. A local hospital restricts moms to ice chips in labor when being induced, but mom can get IV narcotics whenever she wants. She can even get IV narcotics when she is pushing because they "have something for the baby" if baby is born quickly and has respiratory issues.
Does this make sense? Is the risk of drinking water in labor really greater than IV narcotics? What is going on here? I find these kind of policies really hard to wrap my brain around. IV Narcotics are often presented to moms as "something to take the edge off". How about a sip of water? That might take the edge off as well. Or a shower? I was practically begging a nurse to let my client into a shower in labor recently with no luck. This same nurse was quick to offer Fentanyl. How is Fentanyl safer than a shower?
Doulas, don't these types of policies confuse you? I know I'm not the only one to feel this way.
- Alice Turner