The best outcomes for our babies is to enable labour to occur between 39-42 weeks. Time to stop intervening!
Dear Ol' Prof Winston et al state that human babies are born 3 months premature anyway (cranial-pelvic ratios) so our babies are the most helpless & vulnerable as newborns compared to many species.
Both of my boys were 40+ wks and they were just lovely and healthy (although they'd complain about using the word "lovely" about them now - 17 and 11!) 40 weeks "in the oven" is the recipe for a healthy baby!
42+3 was my perfect bake time :) The last weeks can be exhausting but I preferred swollen ankles to forceps ;).
I went 41wks 1d and had a perfect home birth! Would do it all over again.
My daughter was born at 40 weeks, 6 days... 17 very fast years ago.
Amazing that we need to sign a pledge to allow nature to do do what nature does, but alas it does seem like we need to promise to so here it is. I strongly believe and promote natural child birth.
Please support this!
What is the rush? I went to 41+4 with my first and I am currently 40+2 with this little bean :)
Take the pledge to go the full 40! It really does make a difference!