So, I know the 'magic numbers' are supposed to be 38 weeks to 42 weeks. That's the 'ideal' time to deliver.
A person in labor at, say, 20 or 25 weeks would definitely have a medical situation that needed attention of one kind or another.
If a hospital-birth mama went into labor at 36 weeks and 5 days, though, they probably would let her deliver, and then just tend to the baby if there were problems. Am I right? Do correct me if I'm not.
So here's my question: if you were planning to UC, how early would you consider to be a danger, that if you went into labor you'd seek medical assistance, or cancel your UCing? I mean, 38 weeks might be considered the magic number, but really there's not a magic number. It's unlikely that baby'd be less healthy born at 37w 5d than 38w 2d, right? And you might be off on your dates, too, and what you're calling 37w 5d might be 38w.
What if you were in labor and only 37w? Would you call a doctor or midwife? Or trust that your body chose the right time?
I'm at 36w 2d right now. I'm not in labor, but I've started having these mental images and thoughts- if I was, what would I do? I know I've started dilating, but I also know you can sit at 3cm for weeks. All my babies (3) have come closer to 38w than 40w so far, and I imagine this one will be similar. I do not have a doctor or midwife or insurance, though I have been to a OB just once, at around 6 months, when I did briefly have insurance.
So it's got me thinking- if I went into labor, would I go to the ER, and at what day would I feel like I was far enough along that I wouldn't feel the need?
I don't really ave an answer, so I was wondering what other moms would do in the same situation.
(Obviously if it happened, I'd make the best decision I could for myself and baby at the time, so don't think I'm asking you guys to tell me what *I* should do. I'm just looking for thoughts on what others would do.)