Giving birth before or after check baby, that is the question. A difference of hours or days that has led many prospective parents to consider an issue: Advance delivery.

The controversy is in the street and internet forums are opinions for every taste: "I would not," my money would Pearl, "" would only do so for medical reasons, "I do not risk health of my baby for 2,500 euros, "if I could, I would, how many deliveries are scheduled for private, many famous do for work."

Walk all you can, have sex, stimulate your nipples, eating chocolate, drinking raspberry tea are the main slogans circulating on the forums to try to deliver the baby naturally.

Of all these "tricks" the only thing they have a scientific basis are: Walking, because the baby's weight presses the cervix and can help start the expansion. Stimulating the nipples, as it secretes the hormone oxytocin that triggers the delivery. Make Love, by prostaglandins in semen that some hormones are also used to induce dilation.


Miguel Angel Herraiz Martínez, Head of the United Women's Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UCM) has not seen "neither logical nor correct" decision to advance the delivery and ensure an economic motive no one ever dared mention it either in his office. If a pregnant woman being asked to catch the baby check "I would say no."

On the contrary, "If you going to do a caesarean section scheduled for January 3, I do not make the 30 or 31, but for specific medical reasons", clarifies Dr. Herráiz.


"Advancing the delivery of 2,500 euros is outrageous." So of course it is Juan José Vidal, Head of Gynaecology, Women's Unit of the Ruber International Clinic, which ensures that only induces labor "if there is a medical reason or it is found that the child has a risk and better outside than inside. "

The doctor reminds us that giving birth naturally occurs between weeks 38 and 42, trying to overtake nor is it as easy or risk free.

The induction may fail and end in a caesarean section, major surgery for women who can bring complications, infections, pain, or bleeding.

Moreover, a baby born before 38 weeks may suffer problems of maturity.

"A premature baby has to go to the hatchery, which is intubated with oxygen masks and channels of serum, can suffer jaundice, respiratory failure, serious medical problems," said Dr. Vidal, who said he can understand that " 2,500 euros for some people is a respectable amount, but in his opinion "there is no reason to risk a cesarean section or an incubator for money"

Dr. Vidal is very clear, "I have had patients who have asked me early delivery, and I said no, no no medical cause," he says.

Check baby came into force in July 2007. In the first year the government spent 1,000 million euros in 400,000 families.

In 2008 and 2009, baby check spending to 493 and 454 million respectively, according to the Tax Office.

The Ministry of Economy estimates that the removal of this benefit for the birth or adoption will mean a saving of 1,250 million euros.

For now there is no demographic studies showing the direct impact that has had the baby check in the birth rate and it remains uncertain how it will affect birth to babies and not bring a check under his arm.

In any case, regardless of statistics, the experts insist that risk their health for money is not a good idea.