So, I have been thinking lately of my little blog circle of women. I am sure we don’t all have the same people on our daily lists of people we follow but of those who I do, there are a slew of new moms. All of us have given birth to our first babies since September and there is one very interesting thing most of them have in common. They are, in order of birthdays.
4. Sister in Law- Becky
Of that list, one of us went into labor, Me. The rest of these women were induced. 6 of the 7. Now that is only half of it, of the 6 only one, Sarah, delivered naturally. The rest, ended in c-section. Okay, so not the worlds largest sample size but its’ something. Most of them were okay with the turn of events that brought on the sections and two of them had big babies (Bree and Parker)so that was a good call. I just can’t help but wonder why, how much of this was because the drug that was to put the body into action just failed them, rather than the woman’s body’s at fault for failing to progress. If they went on about pregnancy how many of them would have ended up that way? How many could have gone naturally? I wonder if “modern medicine” has become too modern, and maybe we need to let the babies tell us when they are ready? Not for me to say but its something. It makes me wonder what the hurry really is*? I understand that the placenta only functions at it’s best for around 41 weeks and after that the baby is better off on the outside but does it still do a good job? A job sufficient enough to let it ride a little longer to prevent major surgery for the mother? I just wonder. Aside from the discomfort of late pregnancy and the need for the baby to just vacate already, is inducing really the way to go? I think that if I were given a choice with my second baby, I would rather wait it out a bit to avoid it.
What do you all think? If your on my list of induces do you wish now that you could have waited longer for your body to kick in to gear? Feel that maybe it never would have and this was cool with you? Bree, I think I know your answer- hell to the no! Y’all her sweet little girl Kara, weighed in at 11 lbs 4 oz. That’s some amazing gestating right there!
So am I off base or do you all think that there is something going on here? Are the Dr’s in too much of a hurry to get these little ones delivered?
*all of this is of course in hindsight. I was a very large and evil pregnant woman who was bartering with my fetus to get out on a daily basis!
EDIT: Had I stepped foot into my OB’s office at 40 weeks, I too would have been induced.