If you’re pregnant, you may be sick of the question “When are you due?,” especially since the methods for calculating that date aren’t based on any current evidence. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date, so why do we obsess? Gail Hart and her dogs tell us more.
What we talked about:
- Semantics: your baby doesn’t have a “due date” like a library book.
- Why it’s really a due month
- Where did the 40 week idea come from?
- How modern lights are affecting the whole thing
- What runs in your family?
- What does your body say?
- Letting your baby ‘cook’ until ready.
- Cesareans, inductions and prematurity
- “The aging placenta”
- The reassurance of kick-counting
- Putting into perspective the risk of going past 42 or 43 weeks
- Is there a better way to determine your due date?
- Bonus: there’s a cost-analysis out there of Cesareans for all moms!
More on estimated date of delivery, including the resources mentioned on the show:
- A Timely Birth, by Gail Hart
- Definition of Term Pregnancy, by ACOG
- Evidence on Inducing Labor for going past your Due Date, from EBB
- Doctors To Pregnant Women: Wait At Least 39 Weeks, from NPR
- Your Due Date Is Wrong, from Bloomlife
- Due date statistics: A study on the length of pregnancy – survey you can still take to provide more data (ongoing)
- Why You Shouldn’t Focus on Your Due Date, by Jeanne Faulkner, RN
- Estimated Due Dates And The Myth Of The 40 Week Pregnancy, from BellyBelly
- Research Updates For Midwives, book by Gail Hart
Related Birthful episodes:
- Your Baby’s Microbiome, with Dr. Rodney Dietert
- The Induction Process, with Toni Golen
- Inductions, with Dr. Gene Declercq
- The Baby’s Birth Experience, with Karen Strange
- Your Birth Hormones, with Dr. Sarah Buckley
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About Gail Hart
Gail Hart graduated from a midwifery training program as a certified practical midwife in 1977. She has held a variety of certifications over the years; she was a certified midwife through the Oregon Midwifery Council and an LDEM in the state of Oregon. She is now semi-retired and no longer maintains her license, but keeps active with a small community practice. Gail is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding.
She has been a frequent speaker at midwifery conferences and workshops in the United States and Internationally pretty much all around the globe including Fiji, Copenhagen, France, Australia and many other places. Gail has been gradually retiring from active practice to devote more time to teaching, and is creating Midwife Updates Enrichment Seminars and Online Classes to bring the newest information to midwives. She is currently an instructor for the Indie Birth Wise Woman Circle, the new Indie Birth Midwifery School, the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute and around the globe for various other midwifery groups.
Her book Research Updates for Midwives can be found here.
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