When did 37 weeks become the new 40 weeks?I'm a little slow, but it occurs to me that people are considering 37 weeks as full term?What happened to 40-42?
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10/30/08 at 2:54am
Having had some pretty strong contractions/braxton hicks for the past two weeks, It's nice to breath a sigh of relief to hit 37 weeks. I don't mind going to 40 weeks, I did with the other two, but now I know I don't have to transfer to the hospital if I go into labor. Hence the siggy. I just feel better, even though it is just a number, to know that the percentage of being AOK has just went up.
Nautical- well said.
I'm surprised how many midwives routinely do inductions for no particular reason other than that the client is at 38-39 weeks. Castor oil, stripping membranes, cohosh tinctures, even breaking the water...even if there's no pitocin involved, it's still an induction method. And a lot of people aren't aware of the risk of rupturing the bag of waters when you strip the membranes, which puts you "on the clock" and also at risk for complications.
One of the big eye-opening things for me over the past few years as a doula has been the idea that having a midwife doesn't guarantee you a natural-style management of your pregnancy and birth.