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January 20, 2004

And on the maternity front

In hospital another night.

We had viewed a lot of the process as being a challenge between our will to do, and their will to do to.

After today's little display, we realise there is a third orthogonal vector - the will to have anyone do anything at all.

I have a healthy wife, stressed about the continual judgements about her blood pressure, and being made worse and worse when people tell her they're going to make a decision about whether to induce her - and then completely forget about her. For 12 hours. Which is obviously going to help.

You do have to wonder why someone is in for monitoring if they're not actually going to be monitored, and when the 'treatment' is going to drain them and make them less able to deal with the effort ahead.

Rant over. Temporarily.

Posted by Tom Dolan at January 20, 2004 10:52 PM

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Ooooh! It's so exciting! Well, actually I suppose it's mostly nervewracking at the moment. Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Phil Wilkins at January 21, 2004 01:48 AM

I heard some interesting stats about induction recently, on Radio 4. Apparently, the British medical establishment have made the (arbitrary) decision that 280 days is the normal length of pregnancy.
Actually the modal day of delivery is on day 283.
And the French have decided that length of normal pregnancy is 287 days - many British doctors would be preparing to induce birth by this point...

Posted by: Phillip Barnett at January 21, 2004 10:57 AM

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