Today I posted this picture on Instagram and it went crazy with comments. I wanted to make sure I took the time to dive deeper into this because miscommunication happens and as a birth doula informed consent means the world to me.
Are there cases when a baby is indeed too big to fit through the pelvic outlet? Absolutely. Mother’s who have diabetes or Gestational Diabetes tend to grow bigger babies and are often induced between 38 and 39 weeks gestation. Outside of that, I believe that women’s bodies will not grow a baby bigger than they can birth.
Then why is there a rise in women who have big babies needing cesarean or inductions? I firmly believe there are several factors that play into this.
Are there situations when babies truly just aren’t going to come through the birth canal? Absolutely! I have been in situations where nothing we do works. There are times when a cesarean is our only option! What I do want to be clear is that I believe every woman should be given the opportunity to have a trial of labor, no matter what size baby the ultrasound says she’ll be delivering.
The women from my post were clear:
Big baby does NOT mean you need to induce in order to have a successful vaginal delivery.
Bib baby does NOT mean you need a cesarean.
Big baby does NOT mean you cannot have a vaginal birth.
Big baby does NOT mean you will need an epidural.
This DOES mean that providers need to stop telling women they are and aren’t capable of in giving birth.
Trust in the process. Trust in your body and it’s ability. You trusted it to carry this baby, trust it to know how it wants to get the baby out.