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So Much...

I want to say lots, but have to run.

- WHY do women believe there is NO "expiration date" on a placenta?!?! How can people with ZERO experience think they are speaking intelligently about this subject when encouraging women to "just wait it out" and that babies ALWAYS come out. (They don't say that some babies come out DEAD. I cannot find that blog of the woman whose baby died from post-dates even when everyone told her to DO something, including the midwife she hired to guide her. I'll look later.)

It is so hard, again, that balance between information and scaremongering. I am not saying let's induce at 37 weeks... or 42 weeks... but for goodness' sake, KNOW what you are talking about before telling a woman with a 44 week pregnancy to relax. Especially when she has a raging headache, swelling into her thighs, and her BP is "really high" (with no number given). When advice to GET HELP was given, those people were screamed at for being assholes about not trusting birth.

Where are people's brains?

I have to run. Grrr.

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I think I have had this same rant
then I have resolved a bit an thought what can you say atleast about some of the primary problems like BP-- and treating that or give what can go wrong and why like long term results of high bp has to do with frying off/occluding micro-circulation and placental nutrient exchange-- babies do peak out in growth then start loosing
what is going on with a high head? placental location?
we consider birth between 36-42 weeks to be normal and beyond that to be outside normal so further investigation or care is needed chances are that the majority of the babies born even at 44 weeks will still be well but the chances are also higher that the baby will be sick -- if you add other complexity each thing can increase the chance of pathology. the minimum would be to do further testing,

November 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forty-four weeks? Yikes.

November 17, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I think more scary than the number of weeks is the mindset that is growing out there with *some* women.....

"anti" anything that appears to be related to 'medicine' or a medical model of care. They are so hell bent on "not doing anything that could be considered intervening" that they can't see the forest for the trees.

My MW (God love her cause I do) was patient and "responsible" with me when I was approaching 43 weeks (twice) and we monitored several things each day religiously. I was sure of my dates and knew that I am a 10 month moma - but by NO means did it mean that I just throw caution to the wind.

I have been exposed to women who wear their 44 week pregnancies as a crown (more like a billboard) of defiance to what I consider responsible prenatal care. There's nothing there to brag about and there's also a time and place when "leaving things be" isn't the best method anymore.

I probably should stop there....

November 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWash Lady

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