Originally Posted by DoulaAlicia
I know many midwives recommend this. But my intuition questions it. When we are pregnant we do things for our health and the health of our babies. We eat right, get vitamins through food and take supplements where we feel we are lacking. We try to get exercise and keep positive emotions.
Midwives tell us to TRUST our bodies and our babies. But then they say, "Take EPO to help ripen your cervix". Huh? Maybe I'm missing something but I feel like our bodies shouldn't need help with this. I don't know that it hurts in any way. But I'm just not convinced that EVERY woman under midwifery care needs to be on this regiment.
My 2 cents.
That’s what I was thinking too when I posted this in the first place. But I have been talking to a few other friends and my Bradley instructor as well in addition to reading up on EPO. What I have learnt is that the cervix can be soft and ripe, ready for labor before labor actually begins and then its much easier for both mom and baby- the labor can be shorter since the cervix dilates more easily. But in some other moms, the cervix is hard and hasn’t thinned out , but the labor has started. This means that the mom's body has to deal with the rushes (contractions) and also work to thin out the cervix- which could in general take a longer time leading up to a prolonged labor. Using EPO during the weeks leading up to labor, causes the cervix to prepare for the task ahead without any side effects or without interfering with the body's processes. I can draw an analogy to what you have mentioned: why do we do kegels to prepare the pelvic floor and make our bodies stronger for labor- one thing is to trust our bodies, other thing is to help our bodies. Similarly taking EPO "may" (no guarantees) help the cervix to grow soft and ripe. As long as it doesn’t induce labor in anyway, I think helping my body prepare for labor this way is going to do no harm