Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Forget "Due Dates"

Here is a link to a blog I read about due dates and the rise of un-necessary inductions. I will also post about my 2nd birth I attended as a doula this weekend when I have some time.

3 comments:

melissaclee said...

I credit my "easy" deliveries to waiting until the baby was ready to come out. I would rather deal with the braxton hicks and being uncomfortable than getting induced. I don't know the statistics but it seems that so many women who are induced end up having C-Sections.

Emily said...

I couldn't agree more! And even following the methods of due date calculation as outlined in that article still do not account for the time each baby needs to "cook." I knew the day I conceived, the length of my cycle, and my past gestational history (never past 40 weeks), and I *still* went 2 1/2 weeks past my due date. Our babies know when they're ready to come if we only trust them.

Becca said...

Thanks. I already knew that only 5% of babies are born on their EDD, but the article was interesting. In any case, I will NOT be having an induction. Pitocin and prosteglandin gels raise uterine rupture rates in VBAC candidates significantly. (One peer-reviewed study I read showed that the use prosteglandin gels to induce labor and further augmenting labor with Pitocin increase rupture rates from about 1% to somewhere around 14%-NO THANK YOU! I'd have a scheduled c-section first.)