This totally makes sense. Hopefully once you discuss your fears with your MW she can reassure you about how she might go about protecting your birth plans, even in the hospital. I'm sure the 41- week deadline is imposed by the hospital since the BC is affiliated. I think the OR laws would only apply to free-standing birth centers who are autonomous. Maybe you'll just have a super fast labor and pop that baby out at home in the tub with grandma upstairs pacing the floors. (You're supposed to laugh at that, not get more stressed out ) Then you can be like LOOK granny, I know what I'm doing after all LOL. All kidding aside, another thing I thought of is planning dates and outings for the next few weeks. It will help get your mind off of things. DH and I just sat around at home waiting on DS1 and I think that was what did us in. A watched pot never boils, you know
Thanks, that DID give me a good laugh. I'm gonna go call my friend who had her baby back in July and schedule a lunch date. I'm feeling pretty good and energized these days, I should take a little advantage of it. And make plans that don't involve lying around and obsessing over every little labor sign.
I will discuss my fears with the midwife, and luckily my husband is an amazing advocate and a pro at keeping a level head when everything around him is chaotic (a quality we do NOT share), so between them I've got a pretty solid support system. There are 5 midwives in the practice, and we get the one who's on call when we go into labor. I trust all of them to look out for me. There is one of them I don't like much, but I still believe she would make sure my wishes were carried out were I to deliver in the hospital. Plus, there's a 4 out of 5 chance I won't end up with her, anyway.