My oldest DD's homebirth, over 8 years ago...1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?According to my EDD, 41+3. However, I found out I was pregnant after leaving one relationship and starting another, and a DNA test after the birth showed that she was actually conceived two weeks earlier! Thus, actually, 43+3 or so.
2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
This was my first.
3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
I had a CNM. She never mentioned induction at all.
4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
I didn't know my LMP. I had an early dating U/S, which apparently was not the least bit accurate.
5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)
She was my smallest baby (8#14), long and lean, and had lots of thick hair. No problems - and could roll over almost from birth. Not much vernix, no lanugo.
My EDD was the 10th, and came and went without any sign of anything, which I pretty much expected because of my family history (I was born at 42 weeks myself), and because I was a 1st time mom. On the morning of the 18th, I lost my mucous plug. I went for a long walk that afternoon, and, when I got home, suddenly had an insatiable craving for peanut butter sandwiches - I ate six of them before I even knew what I was doing.
Soon after that, I started having regular contractions, at about 10 minute intervals - mild ones which felt like menstrual cramps. My SO came home, and we watched the Simpsons together... by the end of the show, I could no longer talk through contractions, so I called the midwife. She arrived soon after, checked me, and told me I was "doing great", to which I replied "not if I'm only one centimeter" - turns out that's exactly how far I was.
The midwife left, I told my SO he should get some sleep, and I spent the next several hours pacing the badroom and bathroom in the dark, stopping to lean on the sink during contractions. I felt like lying down would be unbearable. Around midnight I felt overwhelmed and like I must be making some progress, so we called the midwife again and she showed up with her assistant in tow. I was 5cm, if I recall correctly, and started to get panicky and discouraged at the thought that I still had so far to go. I continued to pace, and tried holding on to the top of a door during contractions, almost wanting to climb out of the pain, or at least lengthen my back, which was starting to really hurt. Tried getting in the bath at one point, but when a contraction hit I felt trapped and freaked out - I actually needed to be helped out of the tub.
At some point, I was apparently so loud that the neighbors called the police, but the midwife met them at the door and reassured them all was well. At another point, I recall being checked and told I had a lip of cervix left - I had to lie on my back to have it pushed out of the way, which was excruciating. Shortly after I started pushing, my water broke and there was light meconium. We discussed our options and decided to stay home... I stood up to push, with my partner supporting me from behind. It was a huge relief, since pushing seemed to reduce the pain I was feeling, although I also was a bit frightened by the power of the pushing urge - afraid I wouldn't be able to breathe. I drank a little RRL tea at some point, but threw up immediately afterwards.
Finally, at 1pm on the 19th, after 3 hours of pushing, my DD was born "sunny side up". I felt prouder and more relieved than at any other time before or since - absolutely euphoric. She never cried, but was very alert and started nursing right away.
These days, she's a delightful, spirited 3rd grader.
My younger children were born at home, too, earlier (41 and 39 weeks) and after shorter labors.