OK..I have to say something here. I am basically one of those now "old-fashioned" and mostly non-interventionist OB nurses and I am totally aghast at what I have read in the papers and seen on TV today! The headline in the paper read something like (and I am paraphrasing here) "Gestational period for humans is getting shorter." The article said that the normal length of pregnancy is now considered to be 39 weeks! What the heck!?!?! I thought God decided how long each of His creatures was going to carry an infant before birth occured. No. Man has decided how long it is going to be! Before I read more a thought crossed my mine...Hmmm, could this be because more and more docs are doing C/sections well before the baby's due date? Could it be because more and more docs are ordering labor inductions a week or two before the infant's due date? Sure enough...the last sentence or two mentioned that it "could be" because of the C/section and induction factors. Duh! Ya think? How far will this go? How long will docs/nurses/hospitals/society allow this to occur? Right now, a premature infant is considered to be one who is born at 36 weeks of gestation or earlier. But..if we keep shortening the length of pregnancy, how will this affect the definition of "prematurity" in the future?
I don't have a good feeling about this. What did that old commercial used to say? Don't mess with Mother Nature (God)??