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Super crunchy Mama to DS1, DS2, DD and wanting a bunch more! We homeschool, bed share, homebirth and baby wear. We're attached, we only cloth diaper and we don't vax. There's a lot more to us than that, but it won't all fit.
I definitely think that going to 42 weeks is normal and safe as long as the baby is doing well and you have adequate amniotic fluid. Also, they can tell from various tests/U/S if the placenta is deteriorating. And it's rather silly that they make it sound like a given. It doesn't automatically happen at 40 weeks and as a PP stated, full term is 37-42 weeks! I just read an article in which a Dr. stated they should call it a "due MONTH, not due DATE". Can you just not show up for your induction? They really can't force you and there is no medical reason if baby is healthy! And for goodness sake! Your hubby won't even be there! That's pretty cruel of them in the first place. I'm not trying to vilianize anyone here, but seriously! You should have your partner with you. That's not too much to ask. It's not at all catty to stand up for your labor and birthing rights. Do you have a birth plan written up? Here's a great site to create one in case you haven't done it already http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/free-birth-plan
Also, it IS possible to be induced and still move around the bed/squat/etc. So if you end up being induced later, you still have options. Hopefully your DH or someone you can bring with you is comfortable being vocal on your behalf (since you'll be in labor and may not feel like arguing for your rights) and advocating for you. You go mama! Stay strong!
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