I just saw the facebook status of one of the girls I knew in college saying how happy she is that she is being given the option to be induced at 39 weeks and now she is going to pick the baby's birthday. Her status was "liked" by 6 people, and the comments were all about how that's great for her and she's lucky. Ugh! It bothers me so much because 1) her OB obviously thinks there's nothing wrong with unnecessary inductions and is advising in favor of them, and probably not going over the risks, 2) this woman apparently hasn't researched the risks of induction or benefits of waiting for spontaneous labor, 3) the other women who commented, and mainstream culture in general, support the idea that doctors who offer induction prior to the due date are doing women a favor, saving them from the discomfort of late pregnancy and the stress of not knowing when their baby will come.
Ugh! Since when do we have the right to decide when a baby should be born? The school where I met this girl at was a religious school--doesn't she think that God knows better than her when her baby will be ready? Who do these doctors think they are!?!?
Okay, rant over. Thanks for listening. I just needed to get that out.