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The information I've seen suggests that 37-week babies have more problems with breastfeeding, more severe jaundice, possibly more colic, more general neurologic immaturity.
Good morning. 36 weeks is classified as term... I would fear that the dates were off and that lung maturity might be an issue.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
Let women be and let their bodies do what nature intended... I LOTH the medical profession.
I respect your opinion. However, my family has suffered tragic results from birthing "naturally."
40 years ago, my Mom was pregnant with her first child. She went over due, she thinks about a month and when her body finally went into labor, she arrived at the hospital and the baby seemed fine. Unfortunately, something happened during birth and her baby girl was born stillborn.
My mother's Grandmother died at home during the birth of her 6th child.
And my mother's Aunt died during the birth of her 3rd child.
There is a family history of pre-term labor and several women in my family gave birth early (7 months) and back then, they couldn't save the babies so they passed.
I highly respect and admire women who refuse medical intervention during pregnancy. But because of my family history, and knowing that if these women in my family could've gotten medical care, they and their babies would probably still be alive. I have to err on the side of caution.
|Because the prevalence of preterm delivery has not decreased, it is safe to say that an effective prevention program has not been established. According to studies, pregnancy risk-scoring systems, bed rest, home uterine-activity monitoring, and routine cervical examinations have not conclusively shown benefits. Additionally, the efficacy, timing, and duration of administration of antibiotics have yet to be determined.|
I am very sorry for your families losses but I have to disagree with you. You don't know what caused those deaths. You even said you didn't know what caused those deaths, and the first one happened at the hospital. For all you know it could have been caused by the hospital. Today Iatrogenic deaths (basically dr caused death) is about 100,000 people a year in the US.
Preterm delivery has not decreased in years and years. Despite everything drs do the numbers have not gone down: http://phyins.com/pi/risk/minimize/preterm.html
I understand thinking that if those things happened today there is the medical profession to rush in and fix it but it rarely is so. Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth has remarkable stats on the safety of NCB.
Anyway, back to the OP....Here full term is 36-42 weeks. Today most drs see the EDD as an expiration date. The baby has to be here before then or the placenta goes bad : . So of course women are gonna be anxious and want their babies out as soon as they hit that 36/37 week mark. They feel like they are on a deadline.
Loads of blessings, and learning on the job.
Even if there are just as many preterm births, or even more, than years ago, medical intervention in this case can absolutely save babies that would not have been able to live decades ago. While in a normal pregnancy there is usually no reason for intervention, in a preterm situtation, steroid shots can help premature babies breathe when they are born. After birth, babies born at earlier and earlier gestations and lower and lower birthweights have been able to survive with medical help. So while generally, I agree with you Full heart, on the issue of prematurity, I think tattoomom has a point.
But something else I'd like to point out is that a family history does not automatically make you a high risk person. In my case, for example, there is NO history of prematurity, and then there was me. In many cases, having had a family history of prematurity, placenta previa, or even stillbirth, has very little to do with what your pregnancies will be like, and should not be the only factor in labeling you high risk.
I support all you Mommas who are home birthing and those of you who are going to birth centers or hospitals.
Can we remember that we are all trying to do what is best.
I am so saddened that Moms are made to feel guilty when they don't chose home birth. I am totally PRO home birth but I wanted a midwife assisted birth center birth. I am so glad for my decision because it was right for me.
I know this is a bit OT but some of the posts on this thread seemed defensive to me. Saying you don't know why they died and all that is good discussion.
One thing I might add: there is a mom on MDC who was a VBAC postdate and felt pressured by her doctor and ended up with a c/s. She was ashamed to come on MDC and tell her story because she felt some moms would make her feel guilty for caving under the MD pressure.
All I focus on with her is that she is alive and her baby is doing well.
I support you all Mamas and wish you all the beautiful home or hospital births of your dreams.
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