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So, I was poking around on the December DDC here on MDC (helps me deal with the m/s to remember the longterm goal...). Anyway, one of the mamas on there commented that she also posts on a mainstream Dec. board and almost all the women on that board have ALREADY delivered, via c-section or induction. Yikes.<br><br>
Seemed to weird to be true, so I scooted over to a random mainstream board and lo and behold, they already have over 140 birth stories on their birth stories thread. Wowza.<br><br>
So, I ranted about this to Dh for a while. I mean, some of these women were induced at around 36 - 37 weeks because they were "tired of being pregnant" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:. So, Dh is thoughtful for a minute and then said, "You know how all these allergies and asthma are blamed on chemicals in our environment... What if part of it is that we simply aren't allowing our babies to gestate?" I don't know if that connection is valid... I know lots of natural mamas whose children have food allergies. But, I wonder if there are other connections.......<br><br>
What do you think? Are there any far-reaching health consequences that might be linked to these somewhat premature births?<br><br>
ETA - Obviously there are sometimes valid medical reasons for induction/c-section... I'm addressing elective procedures here.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised at all if the induction rate and childhood allergy rate were somehow related. The lungs are one of the last organs to fully develop, and are said to suffer when a baby is born before he's "ready".<br><br>
I *personally* think there are many, many things wrong with the rate of unnecessary inductions in the U.S. If I or my child were at risk for serious injury or death without it, and this procedure would reduce those chances, then heck yes I would vote for artificial induction of labor. But, for the sake of fatigue, discomfort, or convenience... I just don't see the benefit in light of all the likely detriments.
 

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Having lived through 3 days of induction with my last pregnancy....I am not an advocate for it. I would NEVER choose to be induced....EVER. This baby can hang out in there for 11 months if it wants to and is healthy.<br>
I was induced at 37weeks due to pre-e and my liver failing, so going back yes I would do it all the same.<br>
Ds so far is as healthy as a horse.<br>
I think that the uprise in allergies is due to people not being breastfed as long as they should be IMHO.<br><br>
I was bfed for a year and while I do have asthma and am allergic to some animal hair, on the whole I am pretty healthy.<br>
My younger half sister was only bfed for 6 weeks and has so many allergies/hay fever things I can't even remember them.
 

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I have been induced both times......with my son, my water broke 3 weeks early and I never actually went into labor. It was a very difficult labor.<br><br>
Fast forward to my daughter.....we had just moved 3000 miles away from family and had NOBODY here to help. So I had my mom come out, and my OB and I made a deal that if I hadnt' gone into labor by my due date, he would induce.<br><br>
So, honestly, I think inductions are overdone....I don't think people should do them before their due date unless there are problems. For me, even though I "scheduled" it out of convenience, I did it past my due date and had to keep the best interests in my family in mind. I don't think it's ok to be induced just because you are sick of being pregnant. ESPECIALLY with your first baby....you have no idea how your body will respond and you could be asking for a C section.<br><br>
That being said, I do not plan on being induced again this time. We have made more connections here and feel comfortable without having family guaranteed here.
 

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The allergy theory is interesting. Just from experience, my dd had some food sensitivities when she was smaller (-3), but now nothing. Also, she has been sick just once in her four years (excluding the sniffles.) She is the healthiest kid I know... but is that because we bf for two years, and that she stays home with me, or because she was allowed to fully "cook" (born at 40 weeks, 2 days)? I think there are a lot of factors of AP that contribute to healthy kids, and this could just be one of them.<br><br>
I have some I would say semi-crunchy friends. I leant one a copy of Henci Goer's book after my dd was born and her ds was on the way (that book helped me tremendously in making decisions about intervention, etc.) She returned it saying it was too "pretentious." WTF? Goer clearly offers three different perspectives on birth (hospital, birth center, home birth.) I guess when you read something you don't want to, it's hard to accept. Sorry for the rant!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Not sure about the induction/allergy connection, but there IS a connection between respiratory problems (esp. asthma) and c-sections because baby's lungs don't get all the amniotic fluid squeezed out of them during a c-section. I know this was definitely an issue for my son (c/s because he was breech) - he was coughing up mucous for 2-3 days after his birth and it scared me. My nephew was born vaginally and he didn't have any problems like that. Fortunately, as of yet my son hasn't had any long-term problems like asthma or allergies, and I hope he doesn't develop one!<br><br>
Our sitter and a friend is due with #2 on Dec 26 - she has already talked about asking to be induced before Christmas because she wants the baby before the holiday. Ugh.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not sure about the induction/allergy connection, but there IS a connection between respiratory problems (esp. asthma) and c-sections because baby's lungs don't get all the amniotic fluid squeezed out of them during a c-section. I know this was definitely an issue for my son (c/s because he was breech) - he was coughing up mucous for 2-3 days after his birth and it scared me. My nephew was born vaginally and he didn't have any problems like that. Fortunately, as of yet my son hasn't had any long-term problems like asthma or allergies, and I hope he doesn't develop one!<br></div>
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All of my girls had problems with clearing huge gobs mucus after birth for several days, and my midwife has said that it's because of the precipitous second stages of my labors... the longest I've ever pushed was 12 minutes. Nora went from floating to born in under 4... yeah, she was like delivering a freight train. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'd never heard of long term problems related to that though.... hope there aren't any to look forward to!
 

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I was induced at 37 weeks for IUGR. I can't imagine wanting a near-term infant. He was SO HARD to wake to feed, he didn't have suck swallow. It makes me so angry that people want to bring babies into too soon for selfish reasons. I can't even express the anger in written words. Those poor babies just want to stay inside their mommy's bellies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was induced at 37 weeks for IUGR. I can't imagine wanting a near-term infant. He was SO HARD to wake to feed, he didn't have suck swallow. It makes me so angry that people want to bring babies into too soon for selfish reasons. I can't even express the anger in written words. Those poor babies just want to stay inside their mommy's bellies.</div>
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YES!!! My son was so early that he was very difficult to feed....had horrible jaundice which required in hospital bili lights and home bili lights.....it was so stressfull and upsetting. And he wasn't a "premie" premie....he was only half a week premature 36.5 weeks! I cannot CHOSING to deliver him at that age, I was very upset when they told me my water had broken and I was going to deliver him that early.<br><br>
Again, I'm not going to be a hypocrite since I have chosen induction, but I don't think it should be an OPTION before your due date (and at that, you should be CERTAIN of your due date) and I don't understand why docs allow induction 2+ weeks early unless there is a medical reason.
 
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