What starts labor?
It’s not like there’s an email blast sent out to the body.It’s not like an alarm clock goes off.
It’s so very common to hear from an expecting mama that they are getting induced if labor does not start naturally by a certain date.
Reasons for induction vary from medical concerns, to due date concerns, to maternal age concerns, to vacation schedules, and more.
Acknowledging that the wisdom of a woman’s body and her baby’s body has a hand in this is a perspective craved by many in the birth community.
There is a point of time at the end of a pregnancy when it’s said that the baby’s lungs are developed enough that a baby can survive safely outside of the womb.Then, there is the point when their lungs are ripe – really ready to do their work well. Specifically, two proteins that control the genes for maturing the lungs promote the initiation of labor.It is also essential that a mother’s nervous system be relaxed and balanced, allowing her brilliant hormonal system to orchestrate birth.
There is a wisdom to all of this. A mother deer is not going to birth her fawn if she feels danger is imminent.An emotionally-stressed mother with a deadline for her body to start labor can create a fight-or-flight response in her nervous system, stalling the natural process.
Of course, there are times when medical induction is absolutely necessary and the need outweighs the potential risks.We truly value that medical care can be life-saving.However, it is essential as a new parents to become informed and empowered and learn as much as you can about potential medical interventions.
Talk with your birth provider and ask as many questions as you can regarding the necessity for induction or augmentation.
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