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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Due Dates: Not an Effective Means of Date Control

April was supposed to be a very busy month...This morning at 6:30 I got a call from EDD april14 -water broke in a trickle. Maybe it is pee? 11:30 call comes in contractions are suddenly every 5 minutes for an hour. She's headed for triage now and I won't be far behind her. Just waiting to see if I should meet her at home or hospital. Something about friday babies. I know most babies are born on the weekend, partly 'cause weekends last longer than midweeks, but also I think because weekends are more relaxing, you let your guard down and there is more support available. Just a theory. In any case, I also had EDD on the 28 and 29 of march. Both babies were born on the 17 and 24 respectively. 12, 5 and now15 days early. Oh and that thing about first time babies comming 10 days late....not this month!
I'll be posting some more substantial entries just as soon as I can get some time. In the meanwhile, I am now accepting april babies again!


  • At 5:26 p.m., Blogger Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said…

    Inquiring minds want to you and your client are!


  • At 6:08 p.m., Blogger Birthyourway said…

    Collectively, they are all doing very well. There was one induction plus epidural and two completely natural births, all in hospital and all with obstetricians, 3 husbands present and supportive to varying degrees. Weights were 6pds 10oz, 7pds 13oz, 9pds 4 oz in no particular order. Apgars at 5 minutes all 9. Shortest active labour was 3 1/2 hours, 5 hours and
    7 1/2 hours. 1 meconium, 1 tear with stitching. Pushing lasted 42, 50 minutes and one baby born of with no pushing Except for 2 pushes for the head. All breastfeeding. All beautifull babes with powerful mama's!

  • At 11:52 a.m., Blogger Birthyourway said…

    Just to add to all the fun...I got a call last night at 10pm from EDD May 5, she's in early labour contractions every 15 minutes and dilated 3 cm, a full month ahead of schedule!!?!! Well, this is precisely why I consider myself to be on call at all times. This whole on call 2 weeks before and after the EDD just would have failed miserably for me this month!

  • At 12:58 a.m., Blogger Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said…

    You have been SO busy...isn't it FUN?!

    :) Hh

  • At 10:37 a.m., Blogger Birthyourway said…

    Yeah it's been great! Lot's of sweet babies to visit, birth memories to share. I love this work. Every time I am at a birth, it really is like a new day, a fresh start to life. I feel reborn each time and I love it!


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