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Today’s open thread is hosted by Philosoraptor.


What are you and Philosoraptor contemplating today? If the answer is “nothing”, we can just talk about old SNL skits, your pregnancy, your kids and whatever random stuff you want.


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Just pondering, although I don't necessarily buy into numerology, whether being born earlier than nature intended because of labor induction or a scheduled cesarean messes up one's life path.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKK

can I just rant for a sec? I have a lot of pregnant friends right now. 1 is being induced a week early because "it fits into her schedule better" (this is her second child.) the other one is having a scheduled c-section because her first ended in a section. UGH

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I had a friend who scheduled a RCS because her first labor had been a horrible induced 2 day affair that ended in a c/s. I thought, OK, I would not make that same decision (I'd go for the VBAC and take my chances), but I see where she is coming from. Anyway, she scheduled the RCS for 39 weeks (as medical professionals often recommend) after having gone past 42 weeks with her first child. As you might expect, the 39-weeker had wet lungs, was in the NICU for days, and still seems delayed 6 months out.

Another friend had induced labors exactly on her due date with both children. Her doctor said, "Nothing good ever happens after your due date. Babies just get bigger."

Very frustrated with medical professionals over situations like that.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKK

I am curious if any of you who believe strongly that being born un-medicated is the best way to enter the world have thought about this when it comes to end of life. I understand the compassionate argument about being in pain, and "dying in one's sleep" sounds like the best way to go but what about being drugged out on morphine. Do you think it is as important to be conscious at the moment of death as it is to be clear at the moment of birth.

Does anyone else think about this?

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

KK, I think when people schedule for good bazi, the idea is that certain days are more auspicious than others so you want to make sure you get the baby to enter the world on that day. But as you note in your second comment, it's not terribly auspicious to be born before you're ready and have to spend a week in the NICU.

February 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

Amber, it's too bad to hear about shortening gestation time by a week because of convenience. Hopefully they've both been presented with risks and feel they're making the best decision for themselves and their baby.

February 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

week in NICU= bad bazi

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaanenMother

I just ran laps in a hotel parking lot in Atlanta. It was only about 5.78% as cool as doing donuts at 50 mph in parking lots when I was 15.

February 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterJill

Kim, I have thought about that before. My MIL died of cancer at home with the family, and we had someone by her bedside the whole time. At some point, a few days before her death, she had trouble communicating with us but seemed to want to tell us something important and then quickly faded into a sort of coma for several more days. We were pretty sure she was in some pain from bone metastases, because she had been before that, so we gave her the most frequent dose of narcotics that we were authorized by her hospice doctor to give. It has always bothered me that she really wanted to tell us something and could not get it out. She did eventually die during a visit from her childhood friend who was a priest.

I think I would want meds if I was in pain, since it would be pain without a purpose, but to be alert at end-of-life if not. This is an uplifting Monday post, isn't it?

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKK

I currently have a doctor that won't induce before 42 weeks, unless there are serious medical complications. What is a due date? It is not a date set in stone by which a child must be born! It is just a date they estimate you should have your child around. I hate that doctors start pushing women to have inductions to early -- but on the flip side it is our responsibility to not just listen to a doctor because they have some fancy initials after their name. We are supposed to know our bodies and do our research. The sad thing is that doctors are getting their way more and more because women are not educating themselves. And when you do ask them questions they act as if you are questioning God Himself. Silliness.
Tomorrow is my "due date" for my 3rd child. It is SO nice to have an OB that supports me and my right to experience childbirth in all of its intended glory.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
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