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October 25th, 2013, 04:11 AM
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As a mom who takes longer to bake my babies, I really appreciate this. What do you think?

ACOG reinforces standard for "term."
Early Term, between 37 weeks and 38 weeks 6 days.
Full Term, between 39 weeks and 40 weeks 6 days.
Late Term, the 41st week.
Post Term, after 42 weeks

Term pregnancy now defined as at least 39 weeks - TODAY.com

I also want to add that all of my medical books already have this information in them, and it has been there for many years. Clinical research and advocacy simply reinforced what the authors of our textbooks already knew, and governing authorities are finally making it a standard.
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October 25th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Truthfully, as a mom who takes less time to bake them...it's good...but has it's downfalls. Now all of my babies are classified as "early" even though two were within "term" limits. I do feel that docs already have a slight questioning attitude toward women who birth babies early by nature and I think this might make that even worse. I have been asked "Why did this baby come early?" As though I went out and smoked crack to get the baby to come. My term babies were healthy, large, and labor started spontaneously. My other was also large and spontaneous, but did need a kick-start with breathing (but, he was officially before term at 36 weeks). I always say that it doesn't really matter what day we are due, the baby is coming when they want to. I wish it would stop being a big deal.

I do hope it doesn't put a rush on 41-42 week inductions because of the newer classification of them as "late term." And I also hope the CYA policy doesn't prevent a doc from inducing a questionable case at 38 weeks if it *might* be needed.

I do think it's going to help the unnecessary inductions at 37-38 weeks. But the whole thing about my natural inclination to deliver early (mine have all come before 38 weeks), makes it seem as though I am doing something "wrong" by not making it to "full term."
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October 25th, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Truthfully, as a mom who takes less time to bake them...it's good...but has it's downfalls. Now all of my babies are classified as "early" even though two were within "term" limits. I do feel that docs already have a slight questioning attitude toward women who birth babies early by nature and I think this might make that even worse. I have been asked "Why did this baby come early?" As though I went out and smoked crack to get the baby to come. My term babies were healthy, large, and labor started spontaneously. My other was also large and spontaneous, but did need a kick-start with breathing (but, he was officially before term at 36 weeks). I always say that it doesn't really matter what day we are due, the baby is coming when they want to. I wish it would stop being a big deal.

I do hope it doesn't put a rush on 41-42 week inductions because of the newer classification of them as "late term." And I also hope the CYA policy doesn't prevent a doc from inducing a questionable case at 38 weeks if it *might* be needed.

I do think it's going to help the unnecessary inductions at 37-38 weeks. But the whole thing about my natural inclination to deliver early (mine have all come before 38 weeks), makes it seem as though I am doing something "wrong" by not making it to "full term."
Thankfully, in situations like yours, (at least around here), the pediatric protocol is separate for labor protocol so this shouldn't affect the treatment of infants. In hospitals around here, babies born 35 weeks or later, with stable vitals are treated completely normal and only given extra care when medically necessary (by protocol standards, not saying this is always the case).
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I think this is great, but I was also bullied by my doctor who wanted me to have an induction at 39 weeks. I hope this will cut down the horror stories about elective c-sections/ inductions before 39 weeks.
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I bake em to 40+ weeks so I appreciate this
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