I have a client who is 36 4/7 and is under extreme stress due to several family matters. She really wants a homebirth in water and her 3 sons also want to attend. Her first birth was a c-section due to distress and she has since had 2 VBAC's.
This baby seems very small for dates and her appetite is low due to dates. The last sonography abut 10 days ago says the baby is less than 2 kilos.
I have asked her to be on bedrest and a high protein diet for the last 10+ days as she was having mild signs of premature labour. Now she is enduring bed rest by thinking positively about growing her baby for a home birth.
She will be 37 weeks on sunday. The back-up doctor doesn't want to be a back up so we are meeting a new one on friday. By hands and measurements I estimate the baby to be around 2.5 kilos.
What in your opinion is a safe size /weight and dates to go ahead with a home water birth?
We have just imported a pool from the UK!