Hi, I am really hoping that I might be able to find some sound, evidence-based advice on a tricky situation.
My first child was born via emergency c-section in July 2009. My dr wanted to induce on my due date and I managed to negotiate 3 more days but it still wasn't enough. My cervix was long and closed and baby was not engaged. I did not know much about induction or how much it increased the liklihood of surgical intervention. My baby was not ready and went into fetal distress. Meconium was then found in the amniotic fluid and I had an emergency c-section. I was thrilled to have a healthy baby boy but devastated to have had a c-section. In hindsight, I wish I had been more comfortable questioning the advice of the dr. Now that I have done more research and see that the average gestation for first time mothers is 41+ weeks, what I agreed to seems crazy! I think I knew this at the time but felt like I didn't have many options.
When I became pregnant the second time, I was very clear that I wanted to VBAC. My dr (same one) agreed but said he would only let me go 3 days over. I sought a second opinion and was told the same thing. I live in the Bahamas and there are not as many birthing options here as there are elsewhere and again, I felt like I had little choice. All the way along, I have just hoped that I might go into labour spontaneously before the 40 weeks +3 days that my dr is suggesting. So, I am 40 weeks tomorrow and a c-section will be scheduled for Thursday if nothing is happening naturally. Again, baby has not decsended, cervix is long and closed.
So, my question is... what can I take to my dr tomorrow in terms of research that might help me beg for more time to go into labour spontaneously?
Thanks so much for any help you can offer.