Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Birth at the baby's convenience

Laura Landro, WSJ, Apr 9, 2013, said 4.8% of pre-term births were not medically justified--and were done for the mother's convenience.

This can be as early as the 37th week--cutting three weeks of "baking" time.

The 4.8% was actually a CUT from 27.8% in the cooperating hospitals.

That's a lot!

Some hospitals more than discourage this kind of thing--they ban it.

Problem is, doctors want to decide and don't want to run it by another doctor.

After 40 weeks, sometimes responsible doctors do induce--because the placenta may be degrading.

But that is not what we are talking about. Come on, people, babies have a whole system worked out--they don't plan to stay in forever. Don't worry about that.

And induced labor can be tough. So be patient.

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