State Bans Elective Inductions and C-Sections! Victory!


cesarean sectionGood news for babies in Oregon: On September 1, the state will become the latest in the country to enforce a "hard stop" on elective, non-medically necessary inductions and cesarean sections before 39 weeks. Of course, moms-to-be who want to schedule their deliveries early for the sake of convenience (or to ensure that their own doctor will be available) probably won't think this is great news.

Maybe that's because they don't fully grasp how huge the benefits of staying in the womb for an extra week or two are for babies.

Research has shown that babies' brains, livers, and lungs make significant developments during the final stretch of pregnancy (weeks 39 to 40, roughly). Technically, a baby is considered "full-term" at 37 weeks, but the more time they get to "cook," the better.

Naturally, that's assuming both baby and mom are in good health. There are circumstances where inductions and elective c-sections are, in fact, medically necessary. But this change in hospital policy doesn't affect non-elective procedures, so any concern over women being denied intervention that they actually need is unwarranted. Another falsely held belief is that early inductions aren't as extreme as early elective c-sections. Part of the reason why cesarean rates in this country have been skyrocketing is because inductions often turn into c-sections. (When your body's not ready, it's not ready!)

Babies who are born early, by the way, are at a greater risk of developing respiratory and feeding problems, as well as being re-admitted to the hospital for "failure to thrive."

It bothers me that the practice of early inductions and c-sections was ever this widespread to begin with, but hopefully things are starting to turn around ...

Do you agree with Oregon's decision to stop elective, non-medically necessary inductions and c-sections?


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bills... billsfan1104

You know I dont get the pro-choice crowd. You scream and yell that its a womans choice to do whatever they want with their body, because its not a baby, but yet cheer when they have a ban on c-sections. Why is it different?? I would like to know. But I would like to say I do think the ban is a great idea.

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

Awesome!  Posting this on Facebook now.

Kelli... KelliansMom

to billsfan1104 im pro-choice  and i like this ban and really its just stopping inductions and csections before 39 weeks ...if the owmen really wants to electivly have a csection or induction she jus tnow has to wait till 40 weeks and cant do it earlier then that  

Kari Oxford-Perry

Billsfan- please don't lump all the pro-choice people together.

bills... billsfan1104

Kellians, But its her body, right?? Why is it any different when someone is getting an abortion?? Because of this ban, the woman does have a "choice". Isnt that what being pro-choice is all about??

cali4... cali4niachef

YES! Every day matters in the womb.

bills... billsfan1104

Kari, I am asking a question, to which noone fromt he pro-choice crowd has answered. Why is this ban ok??

nonmember avatar DT

Amen Amen!!!

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