Do YOU do this? Castile soap or astroglide

  1. i think this is funny...several years ago, doc walks in on another nurse and myself doing our darndest to help a patient push. she had been pushing on her side, her back, in ever conceivable ( no pun intended, by the way) position, without much progress. other nurse and i both recall that during our respective labors, before we were delivery nurses, our nurses had done sves after coating their gloves with castile soap to make things more slippery, as it were..darned if that and mcroberts didn't do the trick. doc starts laughing at us. "can't possibly be true," he snickers.. we don't care. we just want to catch a good baby...we do....same doc continues to laugh at several more deliveries, and teases us all the time...then, during one horrific pushing episode, he actually asked for castille soap to be put on his glove. never has he admitted to learning anything from us, but we know he a days we have astroglide, but i haven't found that it works any better. give me castille soap any time....i mean, what is there to lose? baby gets his or her first shampoo........
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  3. by   shay
    Never used castille soap.....have used enough mineral oil to put the Exxon Valdez to shame........
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    i have all the above, but best thing i ever found was good old OLIVE oil, my grandmother a midwife swore by it, i have used it on occassion and it works great.
  5. by   L&D.RN
    What's castille soap? We use sterile mineral, but what is the soap? Let me learn a little something today! LB
  6. by   mother/babyRN
    Castile soap is liquid soap that, in our facility, comes in individual packets. I hadn't thought of mineral oil, though that makes sense. Astroglide is a slippery form of lubricant, even more so than, KY jelly, which is what the docs like to use while ironing the perineum. And Mark, I love the idea of olive oil but I doubt I could sneak it past administration! Sounds like such an intriguing idea that I just might try! Lyla, I have not forgotten the delivery poem so bear with me. I really want to send it to you, but we don't have a scanner so I have to type it out and send it.....Thanks for your patience!
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    actually some of our patients bring in their own . of course these are the midwives patients we have here only. i dont think any of the docs are to keen on the idea.
  8. by   mother/babyRN
    Don't you think they all hate change? I find the most afiable ones are the ones who finally figure out that they can learn a thing or two or million from their nurses, and don't hesitate to be grateful.....
  9. by   prmenrs
    Castile is VERY old-fashioned liquid soap used for just about anything from shampoo to soapsuds enemas.
  10. by   NurseyNursey
    We have olive oil in little bottles and our docs and midwife use it all the time. I personally like viscous lidocaine. It is slippery and numbs up some crucial areas!
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    give me olive oil or ky jelly. no castille soap is used on our floors and has not been since we made em use it for clean-catch UA's back in the day. WARM PACKS and OLIVE OIL I have learned are about all ya need for this task!
  12. by   obtnt
    Ain't it a hoot that doctors REFUSE to give credit where credit is due!! Most of them STILL only do what they learned in med school and it's the gospel to them!!! If only we could all work together for the good of our pts. I can't tell you how many times I have suggested something to a doctor, only to be rebuffed and later hear the pt say, that dr so and so, he is sooooo smart!!! He really "saved" me or "I couldn't have done it without his help"!!! There I stand and he let's her go on and on and NEVER corrects her!!! Of course, the dr NEVER EVER thanks the nurse or admits it was her idea!! We just have to go on and be advocates for the pt. WE are the ones taking care of THEIR pts, giving good care, and mostly, doing THEIR work. I wish I had a dime for every pt who has said, "YOU do all the work and he/she just comes in and catches the baby"!!!
  13. by   Natalieboo
    I remember during the birth of my daughter, my AWESOME nurse was "lubing me up and stretching my cervix". I had an epidural, and she said I had just a lip of cervix, so apparently she was trying to push it aside. She was telling me if I didn't have the epidural there was no way she would be able to do it cause it hurt so bad. Anyways that was my first baby and it only took me 10 minutes to push her out and the nurse said not only was a good pusher but that what she did helped a lot.

    Is this what you guys are talking about? Sorry if in my posts I seem like I don't have a clue -- I love learning from all of you and I am very appreciative!
  14. by   mother/babyRN
    I don't know about strectching the cervix. We DO try to push the lip aside or see if you can with a push. If not, I don't encourage pushing because then you could end up with an edematous cervix...