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A step in the right direction, but. . .(Christa! Check this out!)
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I like that more hospitals and doctors are refusing to do elective inductions and c/s's before 39 weeks, but I take issue with some points in this article.

I, personally, believe that the health of the child should be formost consideration during pregnancy (barring anything life threatening to the mother), and that means delivering early (before 39 weeks) for reasons such as family visiting schedule, or wanting to pick a specific date for your childs birthday is dumb.

What I most take issue with is the idea that by banning elective early births, some are complaining about their choices being taken away from them! Really?! After the shocking number of women in this country who follow along like lambs to the slaughter with whatever their doctor tells them then 'need to do'?! Not so much the women on this board, but I know SO MANY women who choose to remain so completely uninformed about pregnancy and childbirth and then allow a doctor to dictate to them what their body can and cannot do and let that doctor make all the choices for them.

Okay, getting off my soapbox now. The end.

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"To know that I would have that choice would just make me feel better. But to take it away from me just adds to the pressure of being pregnant."

Really?! :rolleyes: Why the heck are women choosing to have major abdominal surgery due to "the pressure of being pregnant?!" Does anyone read anything anymore?! Recovery from it SUCKS!!!

I'm really glad that more hospitals are requiring a minimum of 39 weeks. Now if only we can get them to let women go to 42 weeks naturally and cut out all elective c/s.....

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It's a step in the right direction!

I kind of get that whole "taking away my choice" thing, but it shouldn't have ever been a choice in the first place. Removing the baby prematurely from the uterus through induction or major surgery shouldn't have ever been something anyone (woman or dr) could just choose to do without a medical reason.

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The woman they found to get a quote from at the end of the article sounds like an idiot.

Yup, those last few weeks can be brutal. Just a taste of what's to come. Biggrin

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"PeanutGirl" wrote:

The woman they found to get a quote from at the end of the article sounds like an idiot.

Yeah, I totally agree with that. She may be ready (done) but her babies might need to bake a few days or weeks longer.

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GREAT article Anna! I'd really like to punch the woman quoted at the end. I get the "It's my body, I want to make decisions" but I disagree that a woman's decision should take precedence over her baby's health for heaven's sake. I put more blame on dr's than on women though. I know that sounds like a copout but for so many years we've been told by the medical profession what we "can" and "can't do" as far as birth is concerned. How many times have you heard a woman say "My dr's going to let me....." where her birth or pregnancy is concerned. I really really have my doubts that MOST women would want an elective c/s or induction prior to 39 weeks if they were told the REAL risks to the baby. I seriously don't know a single woman online or IRL that would put their baby at risk if they were TOLD. I think the issue of elective inductions and c/s being performed early is on the Doctors more so than on women. So, while I think this is a great step I do NOT like the way they are handing the blame to women. On the other hand, I wish dr's would push women to be more educated. Of course, this would take away some of their ability to "herd" us around like little sheep.

Geesh, I'm on a roll today Biggrin

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totally agree with all of you ladies. I can't imagine why someone would want a c-section because they are "done" with being pregnant. really? My cousin has had two c-sections. I believe the first one was because the baby was breech, and the second was because she had GD and the Dr. told her it was safer. Now if I didn't know any better I would probably go along with the Dr. but thanks to you ladies I am more educated and know that it is possible to deliver vaginally and to do the research:)