I am 38, and 37.5 weeks pregnant with #3. Both of my first births were natural and complication free. This pregnancy, perhaps due to my age, I feel like my OB has been super conservative with my prenatal care. I had an early blood test called a PAPP A come back slightly negative, and an ultrasound showed that I have a "compromised umbilical cord." Due to these factors, I have had NST's since 32 weeks. All the NST's have been great, I feel fine and feel the baby move all the time. Last week, my OB checked my amniotic fluid level via ultrasound. This has not been done in either of my other pregnancies- I didn't have any ultrasounds past 20 weeks. She said my fluid level was a 7, which is borderline, and I should rest and drink lots of fluids. Then she mentioned that if is still low on Monday, she might recommend induction.
Does anyone have experience with these things? We have none, and our basic internet research shows that not much is known about amniotic fluid levels and what is normal. My husband would like to avoid induction at all costs, and has even started to look at home birth options in our area. What would a midwife say about this? What would they do??