Someone call for me?
I just gave birth on Monday morning at 42 weeks and 5 days. Fortunately, at the time that I had interviewed midwives, the one I eventually worked with assured me that she would not drop me if I reached 42 weeks, so I did not have the added stress of losing my homebirth VBAC. I had decided that I was not going to try any kind of natural induction method until 42 weeks, but I would consider trying things beyond that point. At my appointment at 42 weeks, 2 days, I had been having a start and stop pattern of contractions for several days, so I conceded to getting checked (my midwife wisely did not tell me how NOT dilated and NOT effaced I was at that point), and having my membranes stripped. I continued with the same start and stop pattern, but I decided I would ignore them for as long I could; instead I spent most of the following day and night in a cleaning frenzy, which I guess is what finally turned my random contractions into "real" labour. Oddly enough, I was never really worried about the baby, movements and the heartbeat were always fine, though I did monitor more closely in those last days. As it turned out, there was a lot of thick meconium - the baby would have been whisked off to NICU in a hospital - but the midwife took care of suctioning her, and she was fine. We actually took the baby to the pediatrician today, and she had trouble believing that she was born at almost 43 weeks, given how healthy and alert she is.
It may sound a bit far-fetched, but consider whether there are any obstacles blocking your labour. In my case, I could not truly establish labour until I realized that I had to get my almost three year old son out of the house. He's never spent a night away from me, but I had to send him off to stay with some cousins overnight; had I not sent him off, I would probably be 43+ weeks now,