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State Bans Elective Inductions and C-Sections!

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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Posted by Jacqueline Burt
on August 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Good news for babies in Oregon: On September 1, the state will become the latest in the country to enforce a "hard stop" on elective, non-medically necessary inductions and cesarean sections before 39 weeks. Of course, moms-to-be who want to schedule their deliveries early for the sake of convenience (or to ensure that their own doctor will be available) probably won't think this is great news.

Maybe that's because they don't fully grasp how huge the benefits of staying in the womb for an extra week or two are for babies.

Research has shown that babies' brains, livers, and lungs make significant developments during the final stretch of pregnancy (weeks 39 to 40, roughly). Technically, a baby is considered "full-term" at 37 weeks, but the more time they get to "cook," the better.

Naturally, that's assuming both baby and mom are in good health. There are circumstances where inductions and elective c-sections are, in fact, medically necessary. But this change in hospital policy doesn't affect non-elective procedures, so any concern over women being denied intervention that they actually need is unwarranted. Another falsely held belief is that early inductions aren't as extreme as early elective c-sections. Part of the reason why cesarean rates in this country have been skyrocketing is because inductions often turn into c-sections. (When your body's not ready, it's not ready!)

Babies who are born early, by the way, are at a greater risk of developing respiratory and feeding problems, as well as being re-admitted to the hospital for "failure to thrive."

It bothers me that the practice of early inductions and c-sections was ever this widespread to begin with, but hopefully things are starting to turn around ...

Do you agree with Oregon's decision to stop elective, non-medically necessary inductions and c-sections?





by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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sarapunkinpie88
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM
I agree
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Mom71307
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Absolutely!  I wish ALL states would do this!

i.heart.myboys
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM
I'm not going to put my two cents into this I don't want to start a debate!
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MayhemMatriarch
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Bravo!

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emeraldangel20
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

i agree with this and i dont understand why someone would want a c section. that pain is horrible

sfkdny
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM


Quoting emeraldangel20:

i agree with this and i dont understand why someone would want a c section. that pain is horrible

I did not want one but I wound up with two and they were easy breezy...a few days of moderate pain and I was good as new.  

abra
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM
I agree. I don't think that inductions or c-sections should be done unless there is a medical reason to do it (as in the baby or mom are in danger).
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emeraldangel20
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM


Quoting sfkdny:


Quoting emeraldangel20:

i agree with this and i dont understand why someone would want a c section. that pain is horrible

I did not want one but I wound up with two and they were easy breezy...a few days of moderate pain and I was good as new.  

i had one. it was my first surgery ever, too, so maybe that's why it was painful

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ELFs_Mommy
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM
I agree. Then maybe my cousin wouldn't have ended up with a c- section. She insisted on being induced at 38 weeks because she was "uncomfortable" and "done with it all" :/.

Quoting Mom71307:

Absolutely!  I wish ALL states would do this!

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tamidawn
by Baroness on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

 I think this is a good thing.

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