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Today's the day

Most medical caregivers will insist on inducing you if the baby hasn't shown up by the time you are 2 weeks past your official due date.

Birth story

From Nancy's birth story:

I was two weeks overdue, and had come to the conclusion that my pregnancy was a permanent condition. Until I was four months pregnant, I hadn't been able to really accept that I was actually, finally pregnant... and now it wouldn't end! ...

At my doctor's office that Monday morning, they told me that not only was I barely dilated and effaced, it appeared that the baby had not yet 'dropped.'Baby Charlotte This was a little unusual, since the week before I had been for an ultrasound and it was determined that the baby was term and already weighed over eight pounds.

The doctor stripped my membranes, hoping that this might initiate labor, and decided that if nothing happened, I would check into the hospital that night to be induced the next morning. All along I had hoped for no intervention - and had heard all the pitocin horror stories, but I was now ready to have this baby, and was willing to do whatever it took.

Read the rest of her birth story here.


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