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.