Maybe you heard the news last week that ACOG, “redefined ‘term pregnancy’ to
improve newborn outcomes and expand efforts to prevent nonmedically indicated
deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation.”
Read the News ReleaseHERE
While many people around me whooped for joy, I am reserving judgment. I do think it is a move in the right
direction to define full term as 39 weeks to prevent an elective cesarean
mother from scheduling a cesarean two weeks sooner than the baby is estimated
to be ready to live outside the uterus.
So your due date came…and went…what do you do now?
One of Dr. Bradley’s sayings was, “It’s Not Nice To Fool
Mother Nature”. There is a whole chapter
of his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth, devoted to that topic, in which he
talks about the concerns he has with trying to rush the process.
Did you know your due date was, at best, an estimate? Did you know that only 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date? There is no hard and fast rule for when your
baby is going to make his or her entrance.
, Midwifery Care
, Information Center
, Miscarriage or Stillbirth
, Variations and Complications
, Informed Consent
, Full term
, Past due date
, Postmature baby