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I went in for my 32 week appointment and my doctor commented that in two weeks they won't even stop my labor if it starts. They consider 34 weeks a safe gestation. They'd prefer to deliver then than to pump women with meds to keep them pregnant.
That was kinda scary to hear! 34 weeks is still so young. This is a huge practice that is attached to the hospital. I just couldn't believe it when she said it. She was like, "you're almost there!".
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
My doctor stops labor until 37 weeks if he can. I went at 35 and 36 weeks with my last one and he kept stopping the labor. Of course he also won't induce until 39 weeks either. He is always worried about lung development.
My doctor won't stop labor after 34 weeks either. My doctor and I NEVER had that conversation when I was pregnant with my son. Then one morning I got up and my water broke. I was 33 weeks 5 days. My doctor explained that she would not stop labor if my body started to contract. So at 33 weeks 6 days (more than 1 day after my water broke) I started to have natural contractions. She then induced and my son was born 8 hours later. I was a nervous wreck after I had him. I was terrified for him. I didn't know what all he was going to have to go thru. In fact I still can't really think about it without almost crying. I lucked out with my son. His lungs were mature (I had 2 rounds of steriod shots in the hospital) and need no assistance. He did spend 3 weeks in the NICU because he did not have the suck/swallow reflex yet. So he had to stay there until he could take every feeding from a bottle. In a way it was a blessing. We didn't have anything ready for him at home (clothes weren't washed, crib wasn't assembled, car seat wasn't installed). So it did give us some time to finish getting things ready. The nurses also showed us how to bath, feed, and put clothes on our little boy. So it was helpful. It was just a stressful time.
With all that said, if a baby is born at 34 weeks that baby will more than likely be fine. So that is why a lot of doctor's won't stop labor at that point. I had to learn that the hard way. I kind of wish my doctor had talked to me about it before I went into labor.
My friend had her baby at 33 weeks. She was on bedrest and then the cord just fell out of her so they had to do an e-csection. She said that her daughter came out screaming and that she was breathing on her own. She's hooked up to a feeding tube b/c she cant suck/swallow yet but other than that, she's fine.
I'm hoping not to go that early, but if she's ready to come, I going to let her come.
Mine usually will stop until you are 36 weeks, but I remember with Lily I was having some contractions at 35 weeks and they said if they continued they would just let me deliver. I need to hold out until March 7 at least to get my home birth (which is 37 weeks by my LMP, but only 35w6d by first u/s)
Wow it amazes me that all these DRs will let you deliver so early! There are so many complications that can arise that can be prevented if labor is stalled until 37 weeks! The hospital here will stop labor until 37 weeks unless the membranes have ruptured. I'm in awe that these same DRs are against giving meds to keep the babies safe inside for longer to develop, but have no problems inducing at 39 weeks or pumping people full of meds during labor. Eek!