Induction of labor at 41 weeks or expectant management until 42 weeks – preliminary results of the INDEX trial

Induction of labor at 41 weeks or expectant management until 42 weeks – preliminary results of the INDEX trial

A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology looked at the differences in outcomes between elective induction of labor at 41 weeks and expectant management until 42 weeks.  The conclusion of this study was:

In a large randomized clinical trial among low risk women, we found no statistically significant differences between elective induction of labor at 41 weeks and expectant management until 42 weeks. The observed rates can be used in a process of shared decision making.

Both primary and secondary outcomes were reviewed.  Read the summary here and the entire study hereWeb

But, is that SAFE?

But, is that SAFE?

Almost from the minute you announce a pregnancy, well-meaning friends and family will start to ask questions and give you their input.  Strangers feel free to comment on the size of your bump, will tell you stories and share their opinions with you freely.  When you have chosen an out-of-hospital setting, it can be difficult to decide whether to expose this decision to world for comment!  Sabrina Jo Stevens shares a great discussion of this topic in a recent Romper piece:

Most of the time, people who ask this question expect you to answer with the name of a local hospital, so if you say “Such-And-Such Birth Center” or “Home,” it can start a conversation one or both of you weren’t necessarily planning on having at that particular moment. “Do I really feel like having a conversation that will almost certainly end with me ranting about America’s maternity care system on the subway right now?”

Can you relate?!  How many times have you been asked, “but is that safe?! Is it frustrating to you that families who plan  to have their babies in the hospital aren’t asked the same questions?

All of us at Babymoon Inn can certainly relate to her conclusion:

If you want to actually choose your own birth adventure, you sometimes have to pay for it with extra time or money, even though covering these options fully for any family that wants it would save our entire healthcare system tons of money.

And that’s how I end up ranting about our maternity care system on the subway.

8 bizarre pregnancy dreams and what they really mean

8 bizarre pregnancy dreams and what they really mean

Have you wondered what those crazy pregnancy dreams mean? I had several vivid dreams during my pregnancy with my second son (sorry, Robert!) and would have loved to use this article to decipher what I was sorting out in dreamland.

10 Rules For Picking Up New Mom Friends at the Playground

10 Rules For Picking Up New Mom Friends at the Playground

Unless your entire social circle decides to become parents all at the same time, becoming a new parent can be an isolating experience.   

At Babymoon Inn, we have created a safe space to come try these tips out.  Join us weekly at the Nest at Babymoon Inn for a wide variety of activities and the opportunity to come make new mom friends!  See our calendar for upcoming events.

Breastfeeding Tattoos

Breastfeeding Tattoos

Essential Baby highlights a new trend for celebrating the breastfeeding relationship between mom and child – breastfeeding tattoos!  Author Evelyn Lewin explains:
Psychologist Sharon Draper, author of Stuck in the Mud, says the tattoos can be beneficial, as they can remind mums of the strength they found during breastfeeding.”They can [also] be a form of self-expression to show the world how proud they are of something they believe in,” she says.

Sharon says breastfeeding tattoos also send a positive message to others.

“For other mothers, seeing these mothers embrace breastfeeding in this way can provide a form of support to them, to let them know it’s a positive thing and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.”

To find inspiration and images, visit the entire piece here.  Ms. Lewin also suggests:

If you’re contemplating getting a breastfeeding tattoo, it’s easy to find inspiration on social media. Type in ‘breastfeeding tattoo’ on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll find many beautiful images of these works of art. Pinterest has stunning examples, too – as does a simple  image search.

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