Originally Posted by Scalpel
We will be 37 weeks on friday and are down to weekly Dr's visits now....we go to the drs again today at 11:30....last visit she was were 50% effaced so it will be intresting to see if there is anymore progression. Dp last day of work is the 20th and mine the 22nd. I told dp she as to wait at least until then if she can hahaha. Our dr said he can induce when we are at 39 weeks if we havent gone by then or for sure at 40. Its so surreal to imagine that in 2 1/2 weeks I will be holding my first child!!!
Okay, I know you weren't posting for advice, but I can't help myself.
I would definitely recommend avoiding an induction if there are no medical reasons for mom or baby. Just because your doc is willing to do it, does not make it good practice. The AVERAGE gestation for a first-time mom left to go naturally is 41 weeks and a few days. So, the average first-time mom inducing at 39-40 weeks is doing so before her baby is really ready to be born, which greatly increases your chances of having a c-section, plus increases the chances that your baby will be premature or have problems breastfeeding, etc. Here is a recent article about premature babies and the US infant-mortality rate.http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...inline-sidebar
I would really encourage you to do some research on the risks of induction, the variability of gestation lengths, inaccuracy of due dates, and the potential effects of a c-section on your future fertility and future births. ACOG does not recommend elective inductions, nor inductions because of a suspected "big baby" or a suspected "small pelvis" or some other specious reasons docs give for doing inductions. But docs do them because it is more convenient to their schedules, and they are so routine to them. All that matters to them is a "healthy baby" and if the baby has to spend some time in the NICU first, it's no big deal, because after all we have the best technology to deal with it, and they will end up "just fine."
An excellent book I think EVERY woman giving birth in the US should read is Henci Goer's The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth.
It really explains all the research about common interventions in birth and also explains the obstetrical mindset, and gives an insight into WHY so many things are done to laboring women that are not backed up by research (the short answer: fear of malpractice lawsuits).