Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...
July 9, 2011
Predicting Subsequent Childbirths
I have another childbirth-related discussion topic, but I can't think how to ask it. What I want to know is if my sister-in-law's second labor/delivery can be at all predicted by her first. That is, if her first baby was born 5 days after her due date and with a dreadful labor, can we say with any statistical support behind us that the second baby is (1) likely to come earlier than the first one did, and/or (2) likely to be accompanied by a labor that is reduced in dreadfulness? People say things like "first babies are often late" and "second labors are usually easier" and "second babies tend to come earlier" and on and on, but what have we as a group got for ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE either for or against these things? Siblings arriving earlier/later than firstborns, or random? Labors easier/harder with each one, or random? It's especially difficult when so few people have enough children to get a good SAMPLE SIZE going.
Posted by Swistle at 2:16:00 PM