Mom Induces Labor So Dying Husband Can Meet His Child
Inducing labor merely for the sake of convenience isn’t uncommon. It’s done all the time… but for all the wrong reasons. Labor is scheduled around birth date preferences, astrological sign preferences, holidays and even travel plans.
And scheduling early term labor (between 37 weeks and 38 weeks of gestation) for non-medical reasons is just plain selfish because it can be unhealthy for the child.
But every now and then there’s a good reason for it – and Diane Aulger of Texas had a damn good one. She scheduled early term labor so that her dying husband could hold their daughter before he passed away.
Diane’s husband, Mark Aulger had received news just over Christmas that he’d beaten cancer after eight months of chemotherapy. The overjoyed couple celebrated the holidays with their family, but shortly after (on January 3rd to be exact), Mark had to be rushed to the hospital because he couldn’t breathe. It turned out that the chemotherapy had left him struggling with pulmonary fibrosis, and on January 16 he found out that he had one week to live.
Mark said he wanted to see the baby so Diane had her labor induced two weeks early and on January 18 she gave birth to daughter Savannah.
Three days later, Mark slipped into a coma, and two days after that, he died at the young age of 52.
This is one of those “stop and think” stories. It makes you stop and think how grateful you should feel for the things you have in life. I know I don’t do this often enough and unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy like this to bring it to my attention.
What do you think? Would you have induced early term labor in a situation like this?