Should She Ask to Be Induced?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife
My daughter is 40 weeks pregnant with her first child. Her due date was 3/12/. At her prenatal exam yesterday the midwife said that she was 1-2 cms dilated, 80% effaced and the baby is +1 station. She is having pain but nothing time-able. It has now been more than 24 hours. Should we just wait around or ask to be induced?

ANSWER

I would never suggest induction on a healthy pregnancy! "Due dates" are just estimates, and the average time of delivery for first babies is 5 days after the "due date." In my book, it's not even the baby's birthday yet IF the "due date" is correct. Your daughter sounds like she is doing the normal first-timer thing, and this is as good a time to learn patience as any--she'll need plenty to be a mom! I vote to let the baby come when it's ready.

-- Cynthia, CNM