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#1 of 6 Old 08-03-2014, 02:17 PM - Thread Starter
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41 weeks tomorrow, considering a UA birth if I go past 42 weeks

Hey everyone,

I am closing in on the cut off date for being able to birth at the birthing center I have been receiving my prenatal care at.
This is my second baby, I had my son at a hospital and really disliked the whole experience (except for the part where I got to leave with my beautiful baby boy of course). Still leaves a bad taste in my mouth just thinking about how many choices they took from me.

I don't know what I'm asking for here exactly. I guess I'm just reaching out for support, advice and so on. I am surrounded by people who think this is a crazy, irresponsible idea. I just really believe that I can do it.
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I am 41 weeks today. Really hoping my baby comes in the next few days.
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Hi! We had our first freebirth with our third child about two months ago. It was a fantastic experience! We would never plan it another way!

We were in the same situation you are with our daughter (baby #2 ). She was born at 43 weeks or so. I can tell you that we wish so much that we had done a freebirth with her. We had to go through all kinds of trouble and compromise with the birth center and back up doctor to get our due date pushed back to buy more time to deliver at the birth center. If we had considered freebirth we would probably not have signed up with the birth center at all. It was not worth having all that stress right at the end. Baby #3 passed the due date and my husband and I kept saying how nice it was to just relax and wait for baby instead of having a deadline.
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I typically don't go overdue. Although one of my pgs (first UC) I wasn't entirely positive my due date....so he *might* have been a week or two late....but given my other 4 that I do know where not, I would assume he wasn't either...but who knows...lol.
If you feel comfortable with the idea of UC, then I suggest go for it. I assume that your pregnancy has been relatively healthy and risk free? If so, then it sounds like you are a perfect candidate for UC.
Just don't go into it blindly....research all the what to do ifs....and have what you need on hand (you can find lists on line with a simple google search).
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The perinatal mortality rate at 40 weeks is two to three out of a thousand.

At 42 weeks the risk doubles.

That's still a rather small chance-- 4 to 6 out of a thousand-- but everything depends on your tolerance for risk.
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The only risk that concerns me about postdates is the question of why. I mean maybe baby just needed extra time to finish developing and getting into place, or maybe the ovulation date was off and baby is still on time. But maybe there's an issue preventing the birth from getting started that also presents other problems at birth, anything from positioning to a congentital defect. I just don't think the source of these worse outcomes in some % is the postdates, they might both have the same source instead.
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