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Rant on gestational period for humans 
24th-Mar-2006 05:19 pm
RN, pregnancy, babies, breastfeeding
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)??
1st-May-2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Ah - but there are a few of us who resist. My doc wanted to induce labour and told her no way! That little baby will come out when she's good and ready... she showed up promptly on her due date. So thppppt! (All natural btw) and was right as rain.... I also completely agree with your rant. =)

(Oh and I love your user name - but I'm biased... it was my nickname in high school... :grin:)
6th-May-2007 12:28 am (UTC) - My rant
Congratulations on your little girl! And I am SO glad that you were able to deliver the way you wanted to! Thank goodness there are still some women left who aren't afraid to speak up...

Btw, how did you get this nickname in school? It was my German grandmother's nickname for me...I never understood why, because my name is Susan, not Genevieve (the French version of this name).
6th-May-2007 02:07 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
My name is the anglicized version of Genevieve, Jennifer. While taking a Spanish language class in high school we learned the word for "live" is viva and in our naïveté of spanish Jenn turned into Jeno additionally I guess my friends thought I was vivacious and "lively", hence Jenoviva. (In Italian Viva is translated as "it lives")

Though I suppose in comparison the spelling is off by one letter to your nickname, but I would think the pronunciation would be similar if not the same. I'm afraid I can't help you pull more meaning for yourself from a German Grandmothers point of view. I actually tried babble-fishing Jenoveva using a German language translator but it came up empty. (Sorry)
6th-May-2007 02:32 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
No problem. I speak German myself. I just cannot figure out why she picked that name for me. She is long gone now, so there is no way I can ask her. The name is almost the same in Polish and Lithuanian. My grandparents came from East Prussia, part of which was the German-speaking part of what is now Lithuania.

Your name in Spanish would be pronounced, sort of, as Hay-no-bee-ba In German, it is Yay-no-fay-fah. I like your explanation of "lively Jenn." :)
6th-May-2007 02:33 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
Geesh, I just noticed that my answer was posted as Anonymous. Ouch. Gotta be more careful of that in the future!
6th-May-2007 03:14 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
Ah, no worries - I assumed it was you...

Thanks for the pronunciation guide... phonetically my friends pronounced the name as Hen-no-vee-va. (Eh, first year Spanish students - lol) So interesting that it's pronounced differently in German... but I like it. The nicest thing, even if you can never know what it meant to your Grandmother, she gave you a special name and had a special place in her heart for you...
6th-May-2007 03:19 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
She was the best grandmother. I am so glad that my children got to meet her before she died. I am now a grandmother myself and I can only hope that I can be as good of a grandmother as she was! :)
6th-May-2007 05:27 am (UTC) - Re: My rant
I'm sure you are!
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