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February 9th, 2010, 01:54 PM
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I can only deliver at the birth center if I go into labor by 42 weeks (it's a law that a midwife-attended birth must happen by then). I am very much against induction and also against a hospital birth. I understand the (relatively low) risks of carrying a baby to 42 weeks or even 43 and am fine with it so long as the placenta and fluid levels are healthy. I'm just so nervous about it all, being a first timer (since we tend to go late).
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February 9th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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If it makes you feel better I gave birth to Lily (non-induced) at 39 weeks even and almost all of my mom friends gave birth to their firsts prior to 40 weeks. I'm sure your midwives have more natural induction methods that they could start if you were close to 42 weeks as well (curb walking, castor oil, etc) that would be better then getting medically induced.
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February 9th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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I'm nervous about going too far past my due date as well, not because i'm planning on a birth center but because i really don't want to be induced. I'm hoping baby will come on his own!
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February 9th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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Yeah, and I think I'd be ok with a membrane sweep if it came to that. I just really don't want pitocin or my waters broken, KWIM?

L4B---do you know what your doc or OB practice's tendencies are with induction? I'd find out just so you will know what to expect on pressure to induce.
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February 9th, 2010, 02:04 PM
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I delivered at 39 weeks with my first after getting my membranes swept. Definitely talk to your midwife about your options that Shelley mentioned and I'm sure you'll be fine
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February 9th, 2010, 05:21 PM
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My water broke on it's own at 38 weeks with DS. I'm with you on not wanting to be induced.
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February 9th, 2010, 05:29 PM
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I don't want induced, either. But I'm also scared of going too early. Like you, I really, REALLY want a birth center birth, and I *think* the cutoff gestational age for having a birth in the center is 36 weeks. So, I'm hoping that Caleb doesn't decide to come before then. And I don't want to go over simply because that would drive me crazy!!
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February 9th, 2010, 05:44 PM
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Yeah, mine I have to be at least 37 weeks, but I feel less concerned about that side for whatever reason!
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February 9th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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I bet you midwife will have a bunch of all natural tricks to get labor going.
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February 9th, 2010, 07:19 PM
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Yeah, I suppose I can't be the only one they've dealt with, eh
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February 9th, 2010, 08:16 PM
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Like some of the other laides said, I'm cetain that your midwife will have some natural induction techniques up her sleeve!
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February 10th, 2010, 12:19 PM
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I went to 41 weeks and 5 days with Jack (my 1st) and I had my membranes done around 39 or 40 weeks. My practice would have let me gone up to 42 weeks before an induction, but I ended up scheduling my induction for the Friday before since it was convenient for our families (how nice am I??? ok... and it worked well for DH's time off, too!) Anyway, when I went in to be induced they were like, "Hun, you're in labor already" -- ha ha! I still had to have my water broken and I was given some pitocin, but all in all things did start on their own... although I didn't realize it.
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