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Early, Elective Deliveries Not Good for Babies

Joined: 7/6/2009
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The Wall Street Journal has an article entitled "Push for More Pregnancies to Last 39 Weeks." A must-read for any expectant mother, it details the reasons why scheduling an induced or C-section delivery for no medical reason prior to 39 weeks can cause harm to the baby. And they do mean 39 weeks exactly--even 38 weeks and 6 days is not long enough for some babies, who need that extra day in the womb.

Thankfully, my doctors didn't push early deliveries and I certainly didn't want to have anything to do with induction, so my four kids arrived in their own time. But I was surprised to find how many elective early inductions take place in this country and how those early deliveries can be harmful to the baby.

So check it out and talk to your doctor about all the very good reasons why your baby should stay right where he or she is until 39 weeks.
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Comment by LisaGraf

Joined: 12/21/2010
Posts: 35
Thanks for sharing that article! I have a serious blood disorder that makes child birth practically a life/death ordeal if it's not as controlled as possible and important medicines are available asap if necessary. As a result, all of my children have been induced, and Friday I will be induced for the 4th and final time. I have done a lot of research and although my doctor has always said anytime after week 38, I always have waited until 39 weeks and 3-5 days. There are a lot of other studies/resources that support this as well. As close to a complete 40 weeks is the best possible for the child and the mother. It has always bothered me when people take the earliest date possible for c-sections/inductions just to be done with being pregnant. Hopefully, the more these sorts of articles surface in more non-medical journals the more accepted it will be to stay pregnant as long as possible!
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:41:16 AM
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