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When Bridget Hayes started her nursing career in the 1980s, mothers came to the hospital to give birth only when their babies were ready.

Over the next two decades, she saw a shift. Induced labor and cesarean sections became common. Planned deliveries made doctors' schedules less erratic. Patients wanted to have their babies when their families were in town.

"In the '90s it become all about convenience and schedules," Hayes said. "Patients started becoming more empowered in their care, and pushing doctors to induce on a date that worked best."

But now the pendulum is swinging -- dramatically -- in the other direction, said Hayes, now director of labor and delivery services at Parkridge East Hospital.

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