Length of pregnancy, type of delivery

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This chart shows types of delivery on each day by percentage, based on the total births in the survey.

Does induction increase my odds of having a cesarean?

 Spontaneous LaborInduced Labor
Vaginal 10287 2584
Unscheduled Cesarean 997 619
Scheduled Cesarean 95 285

Excluding scheduled cesareans from the table above, there were 11284 spontaneous labors and 3203 inductions. 9% of the spontaneous labors ended in cesarean and 19% of the inductions ended in cesarean.

Some people have looked at these numbers, and the fact that there seems to be an increase in cesareans after 40W0D, and wondered if there's a correlation. In other words, do "timeline-based" inductions lead to increased cesareans? That analysis gets tricky, so I'll just post the numbers and let you decide yourself what's going on.
DayTotalFollowing inductionsFollowing spontaneous labor
Vaginal
Births
Unscheduled
Cesareans
Scheduled
Cesareans
Vaginal
Births
Unscheduled
Cesareans
% Unscheduled
Cesareans
Scheduled
Cesareans
Vaginal
Births
Unscheduled
Cesareans
% Unscheduled
Cesareans
Scheduled
Cesareans
245 15 9 3 1   2   67%   3   14   7   33%    
246 18 6 0 1   2   67%     17   4   19%    
247 17 5 0 1   1   50%     16   4   20%    
248 25 8 2 5   4   44%   1   20   4   17%   1  
249 22 15 0 3   10   77%     19   5   21%    
250 29 5 0 5   4   44%     24   1   4%    
251 23 1 0 2     0%     21   1   5%    
252 41 18 3 10   6   38%   2   31   12   28%   1  
253 30 12 0 5   7   58%     25   5   17%    
254 43 9 1 8   3   27%     35   6   15%   1  
255 43 9 1 5   2   29%     38   7   16%   1  
256 38 4 3 6   2   25%   1   32   2   6%   2  
257 49 5 3 7   2   22%   2   42   3   7%   1  
258 66 7 3 14   2   13%   2   52   5   9%   1  
259 100 16 10 27   7   21%   6   73   9   11%   4  
260 89 12 5 23   3   12%   3   66   9   12%   2  
261 94 8 7 23   4   15%   3   71   4   5%   4  
262 90 22 4 15   5   25%   3   75   17   18%   1  
263 111 20 3 19   3   14%     92   17   16%   3  
264 107 20 8 15   4   21%   6   92   16   15%   2  
265 153 11 5 21   2   9%   5   132   9   6%    
266 199 17 9 45   5   10%   5   154   12   7%   4  
267 180 21 4 41   11   21%   3   139   10   7%   1  
268 193 16 9 38   5   12%   8   155   11   7%   1  
269 218 26 8 28   4   13%   7   190   22   10%   1  
270 284 32 9 43   5   10%   4   241   27   10%   5  
271 255 29 15 35   8   19%   12   220   21   9%   3  
272 311 31 21 49   13   21%   11   262   18   6%   10  
273 416 50 41 109   15   12%   35   307   35   10%   6  
274 375 37 35 82   16   16%   32   293   21   7%   3  
275 372 28 18 68   11   14%   11   304   17   5%   7  
276 475 41 16 73   22   23%   15   402   19   5%   1  
277 476 54 10 66   24   27%   7   410   30   7%   3  
278 482 38 10 70   12   15%   6   412   26   6%   4  
279 498 71 8 50   16   24%   5   448   55   11%   3  
280 1012 106 25 130   34   21%   14   882   72   8%   11  
281 614 53 5 79   10   11%   5   535   43   7%    
282 535 63 10 79   17   18%   10   456   46   9%    
283 507 48 8 77   17   18%   5   430   31   7%   3  
284 477 61 9 90   24   21%   8   387   37   9%   1  
285 496 67 1 79   17   18%   1   417   50   11%    
286 511 68 7 92   27   23%   6   419   41   9%   1  
287 559 73 6 145   30   17%   6   414   43   9%    
288 445 67 8 124   34   22%   8   321   33   9%    
289 366 39 8 108   19   15%   7   258   20   7%   1  
290 364 55 4 116   33   22%   3   248   22   8%   1  
291 260 43 6 92   21   19%   6   168   22   12%    
292 207 40 0 90   15   14%     117   25   18%    
293 183 23 2 73   12   14%   2   110   11   9%    
294 151 41 2 76   28   27%   2   75   13   15%    
295 96 16 2 59   13   18%   2   37   3   8%    
296 55 12 1 27   9   25%   1   28   3   10%    
297 35 13 0 13   8   38%     22   5   19%    
298 18 4 0 8   1   11%     10   3   23%    
299 17 4 1 6   4   40%   1   11     0%    
300 12 2 0 3   1   25%     9   1   10%    

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learning to read

Sat Feb 2 11:42 AM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

Spacefem, thanks for the book suggestions.

Sonic, I like the way you described the sound a letter makes.



I asked a few early elementary school teachers I know this same question and wanted to share a bit of what they had to say.

They recommended starting with consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC) with short vowel sounds, and focus on rhyming families (i.e. bat, cat, fat) and even including first consonant changes that don't make real words, like 'gat'. Then later introduce CVC with last letter changes (i.e. bad, bar, bat). They said we could try sight words at the same time and told me to do a search for the Fry sight word list.

After those CVC words aren't a problem, it was suggested to start adding an 'e' at the end of CVC words to change the vowel sound, an the meaning of the words, so introducing long vowels (i.e. cap->cape). Then after all that, we can start adding two consonants together and two vowels together. From there maybe come up with homonyms together, which can be a great way to introduce silent letters (i.e. new, knew).


How important is school?

Thu Nov 22 9:05 PM by Skeezy in Pregnancy & Parenting

I think the most important factor in any school is how much the teachers care about the students. Another important element is safety and how interactions between students can substract from learning. Many parents go to jail for quite lengthy sentences for trying to send to their kids to a safe good school.



I would say its very important, because what you learn shapes and molds yours views that make you who you are.


Unplanned, polyamorous pregnancy situation

Sun Apr 29 12:18 PM by metawidget in Pregnancy & Parenting

I'm glad you have been communicating and working things out. I wish you lots of health and love as you wrote the next chapter of this story.


I might be pregnant...

Fri Jan 5 3:16 AM by Aum in Pregnancy & Parenting


Aum, my partner and I were just discussing this. He was surprised by my taking the hard line that stopping BC or poking holes in condoms or something like that is rape, making the woman a rapist. Which should result in jail time, so she should lose custody, which should go to the father and now he has the choice of keeping the baby or putting them up for adoption.

It's unfortunate that you can't prove such a thing, but hopefully if it was actually taken seriously women would be less likely to do it because it would at least be explicitly called rape.


I understand how the justice system and the family courts would look at it. They see it as the man's sperm made it to the egg so somehow he wasn't protecting himself, he made the choice, yada yada. There's no way to prove that the woman was manipulative, withdrew BC, or "poked holes in the condom" (I think that's unheard of, but anyway).


When do you outsource parenting?

Sat Oct 14 7:47 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

yeah I do a ton of supplemental history... :(


Sleep for babies after 6 months

Thu Jan 10 1:30 AM by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting

Thank you for the stories. I try not to get caught up in comparisons, but it's so hard when someone else is like, "Oh yeah, they're sleeping through the night after six months, no problem!" and we're nudging each other when it's our turn to get up at night almost every night. Did I do something wrong? (The answer is probably no, but a lack of sleep makes it harder to get there mentally.)



I topped baby off tonight. He straight up drank 7 ounces of formula after his prunes. If he's an infiltrator, he's eating well for it. :)


How the 2nd pregnancy / labor was different from the first

Thu Sep 27 8:20 PM by antfancier in Pregnancy & Parenting

I haven’t been around for a long time, but I’m back and pregnant again. Only 6 weeks, so I can’t really comment much, but this time around it has been easier so far. Not easy, but considering I’m working and have a 2.5yr old (neither of which applied to last pregnancy), I thought I’d feel much worse. I still have ALL the symptoms and they all started at 3 weeks, just like last time (and the same as a chemical pregnancy I had too) but they don’t seem to be as constant as before. I’m really glad about that! The only thing that’s worse is back ache, ligament pain, general body aches. I assume it’s because my body is already exhausted and broken from my toddler.


posting pictures of kids and privacy

Wed Apr 25 7:29 AM by juliabonl17 in Pregnancy & Parenting

Usually, we don't share photos of our children in social media. Sometimes I can send some photos to close friends. I keep my personal life in quiet. Share with family only.


I had my 2nd baby!!!!

Wed Jan 3 8:21 PM by MFS in Pregnancy & Parenting

OMG BABY!



I am still dealing with the fact that your 11 year old is an actual 11 year old.


on being semi-pregnant

Tue Oct 3 7:18 PM by geldofc in Pregnancy & Parenting

congratulations!! i've never been pregnant but i'm jealous. i'm having baby fever lately.


kids' mail subscriptions

Wed Jan 9 6:41 PM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

We got the first box last week. Kid wanted to do the whole thing in one sitting, which was tough. He has a hard time stopping something, even when it's obvious he needs a break. He doesn't have the best conception of time yet either and kept talking about the box that would come tomorrow. So getting something once a month might help pin down the passage of time. As far as my concerns, we had a great opportunity (when he was disappointed that the Europe page didn't say anything about Finland) to talk about how a single page on a whole continent or even an individual country can't tell us what a place and culture is like. Bavaria was mentioned, so we also got to talk about how our German friend feels when people only think of Bavarian things when thinking of Germany, which she doesn't feel a connection to.


housemates + newborn = ?

Thu Aug 2 11:57 AM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

I live with my in-laws, and while there will certainly be a lot of differences from your situation, maybe there's enough similarities that my experience could be useful to you. I think the biggest thing is that everyone has their own space. Our house is sort of divided in two, so we can take the kid to our end during a tantrum. I think that distance helps, not just with in-laws not wanting to hear screaming, but as a sort of physical signal for the kid to calm down. We lived in an apartment when the kid was first born and our neighbors there probably heard more screaming/crying due to proximity.



My father-in-law spends a lot of time with the kid, mostly by choice. I sometimes wish we had more of a schedule, because at the moment, naps and bedtime are the only semi-guaranteed breaks for anyone. My spouse and father-in-law both work from home free-lance, so they don't actually have a schedule for when they need to be left alone, but at least my father-in-law has more warning with jobs scheduled out in advance.


My Ectopic Pregnancy

Tue Jan 23 8:47 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

FYI we have a general culture in the pregnancy forum here about sharing similar stories as a way to offer support, and also about giving any medical knowledge that we've come across, since pregnancy is generally not talked about as much as it should be and you find information in random places. Since you haven't been around until now you probably didn't know that, and mels' post is well in line with forum guidelines and norms. Please don't go all mod martyr on us now that you're only just back. This is me as a friend speaking here, not with my modhat on.



I'm sorry for your loss. Ectopic pregnancies are scary, and I would like to go punch that first doctor in the face for you.



PPD is awful too. :( I hope you can get through it.


gender recognition

Thu Nov 2 1:03 PM by Nech in Pregnancy & Parenting


You can continue discussing with him the difference of a boy and a girl. Have him socialize too with the same gender. There's nothing wrong if you have go with opposite sex as long as he understands what/who he is.


So do you feel hanging out with the opposite gender at a young age can confuse a person's gender identity?


leftist parenting and gender [split from gender recognition]

Sat Sep 23 11:52 AM by Unvoiced_Apollo in Pregnancy & Parenting


gender recognition.">



If a boy who has a penis asks if he's a boy and you don't just say yes, then that's straight up lunacy.



What he decides to do with that boyhood or how he dresses is up to him. But if you're born with a penis you're a boy.



Making it airy fairy when, statistically, scientifically, less than 1% of 1% of children born have true gender dysphoria, is immoral and wrong. It's also a sign of our troubled times.


This is just my anecdotal experience but...



I have experienced bullying based on simply engaging in normal children's play with girls. Insults were attacks on both me and the girls. But I NEVER questioned my gender as a male. So if a child asks me if he's a boy and was identified biologically as one, I am going to question what influences are on the child before I answer.