A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but elective deliveries are often planned for two or three weeks earlier. And even though 37 weeks is also still considered full term, studies show that babies born even a few weeks too early are at greater risk for health problems than those who are born later. That has some doctors campaigning to curb the trend of scheduled labor and delivery. [Read more...]
I was the woman who planned a full-on natural childbirth. I was the woman who fought my ob when she wanted to induce my labor because of borderline high blood pressure and borderline gestational diabetes. I knew it would increase the risk of c-section. I was the woman who did about ten hours of induced labor without pain meds (they catheterized me and broke my water, too! Ouch!), hoping my baby would agree to come out the old fashioned way.
I was the woman who couldn’t have a c-section fast enough when labor was becoming too hard on my baby, and we needed to get her out. Right away. [Read more...]