An Account of Labor and Birth Following a High-Risk Pregnancy That Ended in Induction of Labor at 37 Weeks: An Acknowledgment of When Option B Can Still Lead to a Positive Birth Experience

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Abstract

After two textbook pregnancies, I was not expecting my third to be any different. However, despite feeling well and exercising regularly, at 29 weeks, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. After taking insulin, I developed pregnancy-induced hypertension and oligohydramnios. Having studied to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2017, I was keen to utilize all my learning and follow the six Healthy Birth Practices to avoid repeating the birth experiences I had had in 2012 and 2014. This is an account of when option B is presented as the best option for the safest end to pregnancy and the ways I tried to gain control of what I could the Lamaze way.

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