err...then how do you know the 'due date'? and why would not knowing this make a random date passing dangerous?
Your due date approaches, you are tired and possibly even 'over it'...your care providers offer a 'stretch and sweep' or 'membrane sweep'..a simple procedure, they will place a finger in your cervix and sweep around it, the idea being that the membranes will come away and release 'go into labour' hormones. Evidence suggests that it works 50% of the time within 48 hours...seems to me that labour post this procedure probably would have happened anyway, so really, all this procedure does is introduce a seed of self doubt and possibly increased risk of infection. At the same time as this is done, a 'cervical exam' will provide you with information such as 'softening' or '2cm dilated'...
You are now past your due date, and induction is being discussed: gels, syntocinin/pitocin, breaking waters/membranes...to speed thing along....seems like a good idea..I mean really...you're over it, everyone is asking "haven't you had that baby yet"?
It is important to understand the induction methods being offered, and why.
What risks are involved?
Have you heard about the 'intervention cascade'?
If you are induced you are more likely to end up with an epidural, and assisted delivery (forceps, vacuum, episiotomy) or c-section, and post-natal depression (PND). Whether or not the increased risk of PND is due to a sense of failure or dissatisfaction with the birth or hormones being interrupted and inhibiting bonding, or genetic predisposition, is the topic for another post.
See: Slippery Slope of Modern Birthing
So when do you induce and when do you refuse?
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