Sorry about the trouble your friend's having. I suppose one thing that might help is knowing that more and more inductions haven't improved infant or maternal outcomes at all, they've just caused more C-sections. Good luck to her!
My births in order have been over due (in days) 14, 14, 16, 13, 16 and the last I padded the date so I was probably 21 days late but I made it look like 38 weeks 6 days. Now in my case its obvious I am gonna go past due, I am used to it. I do kick counts every day and wouldn't hestitate to do a BPP if I thought something was wrong.
If it were me (and I have soooo btdt) and my mw dropped me I wouldn't go see the dr. I would just wait till I was in labor and either go UC or go to the hospital then. I figure unless I have a good relationship with a dr beforehand I won't get the birth I want so I am better off just waiting till I am in labor and going then. (but I would probably go uc but thats just me).
BUT...ds was born at 42w 1day after 52 hours of labor via csection. So I think my midwife would have continued to care for me after 42 weeks as long as everything was ok with the bioprofile. But I went into labor before that and it just went on and on and on, went to hospital, push push push push, baby was coming out with a crooked head, I had enough and then it was off to surgery. No regrets really. I just wonder what would have happend if I hadn't of pushed it with the castor oil...
My midwifes, for their liability, did ask if I'd be open to weekly biophysical profiles after 42 weeks, and I was OK with that.
Tomorrow is my due date, so the count will be on once more, LOL!
By the way, all of my children when born did not appear overdue in any way, even the last little lady born 23 days overdue. Ie, still some vernix, creases normal, no cracking/dryness, labia/nipples not "overdue" looking, placenta without any signs of being older, and my dates were firm, without long or irregular cycles. I'm a huge believer in some of us being slow cookers.
Kim, mama to 7, new little boy due July 10th
Mama to eight
different care providers have different rules..... doctors are now beginning to induce at 40 weeks or before- blech-
With my 2nd I refused induction and had to sign and AMA at 42 weeks but went into labor on my own and had a wonderful amazing NCB with no interventions at all, a much better experience!!!
I was a full 2 weeks after my EDD with DS2 (DS1 born at 37 weeks), which was fine by me and I had no pressure from my MW. She was the one convincing ME that everything was perfect and that he'd come out all in his own time.
I hope everything works out OK with your friend.
My other dd, however, was a different story. Early in in my pregnancy I was accidentally hit in the stomach, and bled dark blood for a long time. I though that I had lost her, but we went in for the ultrasound, and yep, there she was, heart still beating! Breathed a huge sign of relief, and continued with the pregnancy. However, her heart tones were always very low, around 120 which is boderline normal. She never moved around very much, either, often times I'd have to poke her to get her to move throught the pregnancy. At 41 wks? I believe? we did a NST and the tests were less then reassuring, so my midwife ordered a biophysical profile, which turned out OK. After a couple of days with her heart tones still really low, and being 4 cm dilated, I agreed to have my midwife stip the membranes. It did the trick and I had mild contactions all through the night, progressing to hard ctrx for two hours, a quick transition and quick birth. Her apgars were 10 and 10, but she was very *overbaked* if you will, nails extremely long, and dry, cracked, peeling skin all over her body. Her placenta wasn't the blood red that it should have been either, it was very pale and aging. After looking at that it scared me and I wondered how close we might have to having a still birth. It reminded me that sometimes we do have to step in and help mother nature, rare incidence that it might be.
As an after thought, she did turn out to be mildy develpmentally delayed, with definite speech impediments. I can't help but wonder that somehow me getting hit in the stomach early on, with the bleeding afterwards, might have affected the placenta somehow and caused some of her delays. It was so weird, also her blood tested positive for ABO imcompatiblity (her blood type being A- and mine 0-) but she never had jaundice. Strange. Anyhoo..I gotta go make some dinners, and I probably wrote too much anyways!
Bethany, crunchy Christian mom to Destiny (11) Deanna (9), and Ethan (2)
A good friend of mine recently had a baby at 45.5 weeks! Unassisted VBA2C.
Babs + Curtis - Parents of Tempest (08/07/03 ), Jericho (11/01/05 ), Xan (10/03/06 ), Zephyra (06/02/11 ). @ babyslime.livejournal.com
Ds was just 1 oz short of ten pounds when he was born, so he was big, but not over baked. Still had vernix, placenta was fine, and the midwife seemed shocked that there was no meconium. They were all prepared for the worst.
I'm honestly considering being "unclear" on the dates next time around. I want to use the birth center and the jacuzzi and if I go over 42 weeks, they can't take me.
We did have complications - baby aspirated meconium. I ended up delivering at the hospital; baby was in NICU for 12 days.
Mom of 7, ages 13, 12, 9, 7, 5, 4, and 2.5!
Mumma to 6 wonderful kiddos + due March 2013