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Old 07-19-2013, 06:21 PM
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It's actually quite common in the NY area. People do it for religious reasons, medical reasons, and for tax reasons frankly (A child born on 12/31 vs 1/1 has an extra year's deduction which can be big $), if the baby is getting very big, etc.
Being induced for "maternal request" should not, and is not practiced much in the UK, as an induction of labour increases the risk of having a PPH (very large and life threatening bleed post delivery), instrumental deliveries, uterine rupture and fetal distress. They are, and should only ever, be for medical reasons which are detrimental to both mother and baby eg. hypertension, diabetes, cholestasis (a condition affecting the mother's live which can result in stillbirths), babies who are not growing as much etc. They should NEVER be given for "maternal request", though sadly in some maternity units (mine included) it does happen.

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I've said it before, saying it again, induction should not be used for anything other than medical reasons. For convenience is not a medical reason.
I agree wholeheartedly!

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I can think of a reason to be born on Christmas if you are a royal: You can have the name Cristabel as Princess Alice did...and another royal as well, was it Princess Alexandra?
Nice reason! Viscount Severn was reportedly due on Christmas Day, but he was born on 17th December instead. That was probably due to most elective C-sections being performed at/around 39 weeks gestation, but I can also imagine Edward and Sophie did not want their son being born on Christmas day.


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A c-section is major abdominal surgery with all the inherent risks that entails, including blot clots, stroke and even death. It's not just another way to have a baby. It should not be performed for convenience. I've had babies both ways (the c/s due to fetal and maternal distress - severe pre-eclampsia - that nearly killed both of us) and nature's way is much better! I was moving around just fine after my natural births but the c/s was a much longer recovery. Just sayin'...
Exactly! A lot of women say, "just give me a C-section as it's easier" when it is in fact NOT easier for all the reasons you listed, and others. It is huge surgery with a recovery period of up to 6 weeks. It's essentially the same operation as a hysterectomy, yet we expect women to care for a newborn and possibly a toddler post major abdominal surgery. They are necessary in circumstances (fetal distress, obstructed labour etc.) but they are not "the easy way out".

We will only know if Catherine as a C-section or a normal delivery when the statement is released; it will not say she was induced. It will simply say "HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a baby boy/girl/HRH The D of C was safely delivered of a baby boy/girl by C-section". It will not say she had a forceps or a ventouse etc either. We will never know and we shouldn't ever have to know.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:23 PM
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KHOU News Houston (CBS) just reported Kate was on the way to hospital in labor. I don't believe anything anymore.
Perhaps all of this hype is really an attempt to break us...
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A c-section is major abdominal surgery with all the inherent risks that entails, including blot clots, stroke and even death. It's not just another way to have a baby. It should not be performed for convenience. I've had babies both ways (the c/s due to fetal and maternal distress - severe pre-eclampsia - that nearly killed both of us) and nature's way is much better! I was moving around just fine after my natural births but the c/s was a much longer recovery. Just sayin'...
I am thankful you and your children are OK.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:38 PM
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I am thankful you and your children are OK.
Thank you! We're both fine. My c/s was 24 years ago. My daughter was born at 30 wks. and weighed 1310g (2lbs 14oz). She is now a beautiful young woman who is working with animals as she's wanted to do since she was three years old. My natural births (my first and third) were 8lbs 4oz and 10lbs 9oz. The ten-pounder was actually the easiest delivery of the three!
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Perhaps all of this hype is really an attempt to break us...
It seems to be working.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:00 PM
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I was lucky (ha!) enough to have an induction followed by an emergency C-section. It was a really tough 37 (not a typo) hours of labor. Entered the hospital at 6:00 on a Wednesday morning, no baby until 7:00 Thursday evening. My following 3 babies were delivered via scheduled C-section.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:27 PM
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Looks as if this thread is wandering off topic, which reflects the worldwide interest in having something to focus on while awaiting the imminent baby. I'm really very happy that no one, except myself, was focused on my two due dates or how things went.

As of right now, there is no change in the Telegraph's headlines regarding Kate - but it's possible that Twitter will have early breaking news.

Is the Clarion-Ledger reputable? As it is tweeting that Kate has gone to hospital.

ETA/ It's a rather silly story, but two other papers are reporting that Kate and William are on their way to London (finally) in advance of the birth. Was that already reported here? If so, my apologies.
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Maybe she just went to the doctor to be checked.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:41 PM
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The doctor would likely come to her, for a basic checkup. With all the media hoopla right now, around all the possible hospitals, they wouldn't take her to the hospital IMO, unless she is in labor.
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It seems to be working.
Pretty much so!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:59 PM
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Maybe they wanted to do a practice run to see how long it would take to get to the hospital? My brother in law did that with my sister it went great problem was when it was real he drove off without my sister in the car. He had to turn back and there she was standing there looking not too happy. LOL Someone send Kate a curry or something.
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For all we know the baby could have been born late this evening. It won't be made public until the Queen has been told, and they wouldn't disturb her late at night.
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very funny.

They check all kinds of things now, not just the cervix. My niece had her amniotic fluid levels checked when she went past her due date, they were low and she was induced. They may need to be at a medical facility for that.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:13 PM
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Frelinghighness, you're right. Kate could be in a medical facility already just to keep tabs on the things you mention. And to take stress off of her about going to the hospital with the crowds around. They could have sneaked her in one of the 47 entrances to St. Mary's hospital which my friend in Australia mentioned--I wonder how she knows about the 47 entrances? She did travel very widely when younger, but still...an odd thing to know. Maybe it was just a generic term for "many."
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:15 PM
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For all we know the baby could have been born late this evening. It won't be made public until the Queen has been told, and they wouldn't disturb her late at night.
I believe they've said the announcement will be made between 8AM and 10:30PM British time.
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God knows that she's not going in the front entrance. I have no doubt that she will use a more discreet entrance. And, I won't be surprised at all if she isn't admitted at night when the crowds/ attention won't be so prominent.

I'm hoping to wake up tomorrow morning to another Prince/ss ... if not tomorrow, wake me up when he/she walks down the aisle at their wedding. I'm just tired of waiting :)
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For all we know the baby could have been born late this evening. It won't be made public until the Queen has been told, and they wouldn't disturb her late at night.
The Palace has said that they'll announce when she has gone into the hospital. So if she were there now, we would know. It's the actual birth announcement that what won't be made public until the Queen is notified.
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The Palace has said that they'll announce when she has gone into the hospital. So if she were there now, we would know. It's the actual birth announcement that what won't be made public until the Queen is notified.
That's assuming she went into the hospital! One should never assume.
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It's July 20th in the U.K. Does anyone think the baby will be born this weekend?
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