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Understanding Due Dates Are Estimated Times

“The things you need to understand that a due date is just an idea. It’s an estimated time that the baby may come. If you notice most women don’t deliver on whatever that due date is that you’ve been given. So as long as you’re not bleeding, having an unusual discharges, or if there are no complications coming up in the pregnancy, really there’s no need for a provider to strip your membranes to re-upped your waters or not to do anything. That’s going to augment the labor, either speeding it up or slowing down. So if mama is not going to be in town that much longer, you know if somebody wants to be there and they kind of like there, please don’t be tempted to try to make the baby come. This baby knows when he or she wants to come. If you will allow it to come in his or her or own way at that exact time, then you won’t have all of these problems.”

Only Induce With Signed Medical Reason

“What causes women problems or being induced because it’s time to have your baby again or do that. It’s just an idea. You don’t want to be induced, provided that something is not like it’s supposed to be. Even depending on what your dates are. If you’re not bleeding, if you’re not having anything unusual to charges, if you have plenty of amniotic fluid, if the baby’s position is good, there’s no need to rush this baby. Absolutely not. And that’s where most women get into problems with being impatient or maybe having impatient providers, never, ever, ever let anyone induce you or augment the labor, unless it is absolutely necessary. You want to go ahead and have the baby let’s face it. That’s not absolutely necessary. I can understand the temptation when providers induce you without a signed medical reason that puts you and your baby at risk for higher complications.”

Do Not Induce Just Because Of A Due Date!

“Especially if somebody is inducing you based on a due date that should never happen provided that you’re not bleeding. You’re not having unusual discharges. All those things can really cause problems. When people start stripping your membranes and all that is to augment the labor actually to put you into labor, but your body may not necessarily be ready to deliver at that point. So any augmentation like that, where you either speeding the labor up or slowing it down for whatever reason, make sure that that’s not done unless there’s a medical reason, because what could happen is that, these inductions and all can actually cause more problems than what they can solve.”

Maria Milton, Midwife
Maria Milton is a licensed midwife from Flowersview, Florida, and a strong advocate of midwives and natural childbirth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Maria is the daughter and past colleague of (the late) midwife, Gladys Milton. She currently owns/operates Milton Memorial Birthing Center in Flowersview—a facility founded by her mother in 1976.