After reading the article Late Pregnancy, Labor Induction, and the Occupy Uterus Movement the part that I found that really stuck out to me the most was the part that stated “We consider the due date—which I imagine my nephew acknowledging with a nod of his head as he hunkers down for nine more days—as a sort of deadline. If you are still pregnant after that deadline your baby is “overdue,” and the cultural signal is that you have failed as a mother (you haven’t)” (p 4). What originally stuck out to me most in that was the joke that was made about her nephew. However, when I looked deeper into it I thought about how that was prevalent in my own life. A year and half ago my niece was born. I remember each day waiting for her to come to this world. Four days after my sister in laws due date, Macey still had not come. I remember doctors telling my sister in law worrying news about how there may be something wrong because the baby is late. But in reality, like the article says, due dates are not actually very accurate because they are determined by the last day of a women’s period and not their ovulation. Three days later, Macey was here and healthy as ever. All the worrying, but nothing was wrong.
I think that in the world we live in today, giving birth is a set time, with a set procedure, when in reality giving birth is so variable among mothers. This causes so much more worry in mothers than it should and because of this some of the energy that goes into being excited for a new child to come into this world is turned into energy that is used for worrying about the pain and all the bad that comes with giving birth. Giving the baby as much time as it needs is important, and we should no try to coax the baby out of the mother if the baby is not ready.