Thank you to Emily and Ross for sharing their positive due date birth. Please let me know when you have decided on the perfect name.
‘Hi Emily, I hope you are well. Firstly just wanted to let you know Ross and I had our beautiful baby girl on Friday (her due date!) she didn’t make us wait very long! She was 6lb 6oz and absolutely perfect.
So basically I had my midwife last Tuesday and she said my bump hasn’t grown so they sent me for a scan last Thursday and decided to give me a sweep as they didn’t want me to go too far past my due date. And then woke up on Friday 2am with contractions. Went to hospital at 4am and done 5 hours in the pool which I found really good and then decided I needed more Pain relief so had pethidine and got out of the pool for the last bit. She arrived quickly at 12.10pm so only had like a 10 hour labour so I think I was really lucky!
I just want to say a huge thank you for the fantastic classes, myself and Ross found the classes so helpful.
Many thanks xxxx’
Talking Babies Takes a Closer Look
‘(her due date!)’
Did you know that only 4-6% of Babies birth on their due date. Clearly Emily’s baby is very special. I wanted to take this opportunity to explore your ‘due date’.
Due dates can cause so much stress. Almost all expectant couples etch their date in their mind. In the UK a pregnancy is 40 weeks, in France it is 41 weeks and Kenya 43weeks. I’m sure the variations worldwide do not stop there. So who is right? So where did 40 weeks come from? In 1800s a German Obstetrician created the Naegele’s rule and it wasn’t based on any rigorous scientific research. Since an established study by Mittendorf in 1990 found that on average first time mums gave birth 8 days post birth.
According To the World Health Organisation (WHO) a full term pregnancy is anything between 37 – 42 weeks. That means your baby is not ‘late’ after 40 weeks we just don’t accurately know your baby’s due date until your baby births.
So many babies in our society are induced for post dates. I have read that around 85% of babies arrive after 40 weeks which means that the date you have isn’t even an average. I haven’t got the answer. But, it is clear to me that we need more research on the accuracy of due dates.
Let’s talk about going past your due date, even though it is normal to many HATE it. I have seen so many women dread the post-dates period. Friends and Relatives all mean well but, there are only so many times you can be asked ‘any news?’, ‘still no sign then?’ before you want to pick up your phone and launch it 5 miles out of the window.
It would be wiser to announce a due time, just like Royalty do. I’m sure most have heard the exciting news that the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby due ‘Spring time’. Amazing! Personally I didn’t need to hear the due date to feel happy for them. So instead of saying, for example, ‘Our baby is due 3rd of August’ try saying to everyone and YOURSELF ‘Our baby is due the first half of August’.
A great analogy I heard was… when you look at an apple tree do all the apples ripen and fall off at the same time?
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