I am hoping baby will stay this long, because I would hate to go to hospital after all of this heart and soul and finances going into the HB idea. I know its for the benefit of the baby and will do whatever but just curious....
Has anyone had experiences or suggestions about having a homebirth just shy of 37 weeks ? What if baby appears healthy on ultrasound?
I was induced with DD at 37 weeks for medical reasons and had to have an amnio for fetal lung maturity. Her lungs were considered mature, so we were good to go.
A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.
Here are some links about late preterm babies:
For parents of late preterm infants.
Late Preterm Morbidity and Mortality
Developmental delays in late preterm babies.
I think this issue mostly needs more attention to think harder about these "37" week hospital inductions, which are creating unnecessary preterm births. But the info may be helpful for those of us who have spontaneous earlier births. My little one was 37&5, but had all the physical appearance of a 40 weeker (wrinkles on her feet, little vernix, etc).
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
We went for an ultrasound and have one thing on our side...the baby is estimated at 6 lbs 3 ounces and doc predicted I am actually 37 weeks now instead of 35 based on baby's development. So that makes me feel a little better;however, it's still an estimate they never know ya know and I would still like the little guy to stay in for another 2 weeks at least ..every week counts. But at least I can now do the homebirth if he chooses to come early. My son was 38 wks so ya never know.
Leslie, mama to Paige 8, Zara 3 and Audrey, Sophia & Nina June 7/11 @32.6
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I agree with a pp that your midwife may have legal restrictions - or she may not be totally comfortable doing a homebirth before 37 weeks. My midwife also said I have to be 37 weeks - so for now I'm just hoping to make it to Friday. 3 more days!