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Does Inducing Labor Increase Your Chances of a C-Section? The Scientific Evidence Says No.

These days, as soon as you pass the 40-week mark, obstetricians start talking about inducing labor. In her bestselling book, Expecting Better, Emily Oster recalls that despite her doctor’s apparent enthusiasm for inducing her labor, she wanted nothing to do with it, for fear it would lead to an unnecessary c-section. 1,220 more words


Best Laid (Birth) Plans: Labor & Delivery

Our sweet bundle of joy arrived almost 7 weeks ago already… where has the time gone?!? I think it’s taken me this long to write this post because the realness of the day had to fade a little bit. 719 more words


Free at Last: The Guppy's Birth Story

3 weeks, 1 day G.E. (Guppy Era)

It is testament to the life we’ve been living the past three weeks (and one day) that the only opportunity I’ve had to even begin writing this long overdue post is a Guppy-free trip to the OB necessitated by some uncooperative sutures. 3,230 more words


Why inducing labor is like rolling dice

As a labor and delivery nurse I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat in a conversation between doctor and patient that went something like: 509 more words


Giving Birth: Part 1

I’ve had many people ask me when I’m going to post about my birthing experience and I have to admit, I thought I would have been able to post this 4 weeks ago, but having a newborn is time-demanding! 1,824 more words

Labor part 2: failed induction number 2

It had now been 1 week since I was originally supposed to go in to be induced, I would be exactly 40 weeks by their count the next day and had been home for 1 day and 2 nights since the last trial of induction. 1,788 more words

Labor part 1; the false induction

39 weeks exactly; We were scheduled to go in to the hospital in the evening to begin the induction process. We were told to call an hour before. 714 more words