We’re expecting our first girl in about 5 weeks although we’ve been told we may need to be induced early at 39 weeks (the baby is measuring an average size though). What are people’s experience of getting induced early and any tips/advice?
"There’s a space on the hospital’s template form to write down your “cultural traditions.” Okay. Our cultural traditions include nude gay beaches, a lot of glitter, and rejecting the gender binary. Is that the place to explain that my partner doesn’t identify as a woman? Should we give them our VHS tape of Gender Trouble and ask them to watch it in advance?" https://www.thecut.com/2017/12/giving-birth-outside-the-gender-binary.html
I was amazed to discover the US is sliding backwards on maternal health stats. How can we not be supporting our moms?!? https://hunterwalk.com/2017/08/02/we-are-one-of-just-13-industrialized-countries-with-a-rising-maternal-mortality-rate-christy-turlington-burns-on-fighting-for-healthy-mothers/
Did you know that your zip code may affect whether or not you'll have a C-section? I work for a healthcare company that used insurance claims data to build a C-section predictor tool for pregnant mamas. This tool helps you understand your chances of having a C-section based on geography and key health factors that are possible to know before the delivery (like if you're pregnant with twins, or have any known complications). Check out the tool here and let me know what you think: https://amino.com/c-section/predictor/ Also, full report on our C-section data is here: https://amino... More
#LongRead and had me in tears, but an important story. The US has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. It's incredibly scary but important we shine a light on it. https://www.propublica.org/article/die-in-childbirth-maternal-death-rate-health-care-system
Any personal stories would be great. Whether yourself or someone you know. I'm 32 weeks with twins and am considered high risk bc of my age and bc I am having twins that resulted from fertility treatments. I have been feeling a lot of pressure in my um...area. So the Dr checked and I am 2cm dilated and 50% effaced. She gave me a steroid shot to ensure, if babies come early, that their lungs are as developed as possible. My first daughter was to term so the Dr said that was a good indicator that I can carry the twins to term. Well she wants them out at 38 weeks, which 37 is full term... More