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If you’re pregnant, you may be sick of the question “When are you due?”, especially since the methods for calculating that date aren’t based on any current evidence. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date, so why do we obsess? Gail Hart and her dogs tell us more.
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What we talked about:
Semantics: your baby doesn’t have a “due date”, like a library book.
Why it’s really a due month
Where did the 40 week idea come from?
How modern lights are affecting the whole thing
What runs in your family?
What does your body say?
Letting your baby ‘cook’ until ready.
Cesareans, inductions and prematurity
“The aging placenta”
The reassurance of kick-counting
Putting into perspective the risk of going past 42 or 43 weeks
Is there a better way to determine your due date?
Bonus: there’s a cost-analysis out there of Cesareans for all moms!
More on due dates, including the resources mentioned on the show:
Gail Hart is a Midwife with nearly forty years of birth experience. She graduated as a Certified Practical Midwife in 1977 and has held a variety of certifications over the years. She is a frequent speaker at midwifery conferences including Midwifery Today, Midwives Alliance of North America, California Association of Midwives, Midwives Association of Washington State, Washington Assoc of Rural Midwives, Texas Midwives Association and others. Gail has been gradually retiring from active practice to devote more time to teaching, and is creating Midwife Updates Enrichment Seminars and Online Classes to bring the newest information to midwives. She is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding. Her book Research Updates for Midwives can be found here.