I might have mentioned it a time or two. During pregnancy, I have low platelets, or itp (yikes, that make is sound super scary). Each time, it’s only resulted in more blood tests and worries about getting an epidural. Which is what I’ve done for every birth (worry and an epidural). They were really low when I was in labor with E. Like almost too low.
So I knew I needed a new plan this time around. One that isn’t a back up plan, but is the plan for delivery. One that doesn’t depend on an epidural. And that’s when I realized that I was likely not going to stick with my current OB (the one that asked if I wanted to be induced at the mention of a 12/31 due date!). I needed a second opinion. It’s so very important and my health and the health of my unborn daughter depend on me getting the best care and being comfortable with it. Up until today? I really wasn’t.
Tonight, the hubby and I went to a meet and great with a local midwife group. I was already pretty sure they were going to be an integral part of my new birth plan. After talking with one of the midwives one-on-one and giving her a 2 minute synopsis of all previous births, she already had a different opinion of how things should go. One that was much more in agreement with how I wanted my birth to go (and to be honest, how I wanted all of my previous births to go). One that has my baby on my chest at birth. And one that lets nature take it’s course.
Second opinions should be standard
It’s funny, though, so often, we will get a second opinion for things like our house, our car, or even education. But, when it comes to all things health related, we aren’t so inclined. We assume that all doctors and care givers only have our best interest as a priority and I don’t think that’s the case. This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I once had a root canal and never even considered getting a second opinion. Almost 10 years later, that tooth still bothers me! I also wish that we would have had a second opinion on my giant gap in my front teeth. But the dentist said it wasn’t necessary to be fixed. However, there weren’t great options for clear braces back when I would have needed them. I think this would have helped push my mom towards letting me address the gap issue because there would have been no food restrictions, I would have been able to continue with healthy dental brushing habits, and most people wouldn’t have even known I was treating it.
When was the last time you had a second opinion for your health or someone in your family?