Just a little survey of sorts....
How far along were you when you had your 1st, 2nd, (3rd?, 4th?...) children. Can you indicate which births, if any, were inductions?
I'm curious, because my parents live overseas, and I really want my mom to be here for this baby's birth. Unfortunately, she missed Jesse's, and this may be our last baby, so I want her to experience it at least once. I went to 42w1d with Jesse, and so I expect to go over with this one as well. I'm due March 3rd, but I'm thinking I'll have a mid-March baby. My mom thinks that I'll go much earlier with this one, so she want to come home mid-February just to be sure. I doubt she'll stay longer than 6 weeks, so if I go 2 weeks over like I did with Jesse, she might only have a couple of weeks at most after the birth (which is when I'm going to need her most!!!) I don't want her to miss the birth by planning to come late February, but I also don't really want her her for a month twiddling her thumbs, while waiting for the baby to make his/her grand entrance, you know?
I was not induced for any of my births.
Nolan was born at 42 weeks.
Mallory was born at 40weeks 1day.
Leo was born at 41 weeks.
This one will be born at at least 40+6...more likely at least 41 weeks.
My daughter was born at 37w5d (6 pds, 5 oz) and my son was born at 40w4d (9 pds even). Spontaneous labor/delivery both times. I expected my son to be closer to the time period his sister was born, so the last bit of time was rather hard (on top of him being so darn big, ha!). I would advise anyone to plan for 42 weeks and be surprised. My MW says in her experience that FTMs often go closer to 41is weeks and second time moms closer to 40 1/2...that those would be the dates she would give people for EDDs, rather than 40 wks even.
I'm still waiting to see when this one will come. I know my mom's kids did the opposite of what you'd expect- baby number 1 was 3 weeks early, baby number 2 was 2 weeks early, baby number 3 was just about on time, baby number 4 was a little late, and baby number 5 (that's me) was 2 weeks late.
hmmm.....both my kids were inductions turned c/s's so I'm quite bitter about unnecessary inductions so you probably don't want my opinion
Mine were both big babies and induced early at 39 weeks and 39 weeks 3 days, I ended up with two long labors, posterior babies and long pushing sessions that ended in a c/s both times. I was dilated to a 1 the first time and nothing the second time.
I do have a friend that has been induced 2x at 38 weeks with good Bishop scores and shoots the babies right out, no longer than an 8 hour labor for either.
Both my kids ended up induced for different reasons.
DD1 was a home birth transfer that ended in induction and c-section at 41w5d, if I recall.
DD2 was a VBAC that had some induction to avoid more dangerous inductions further postdates and increaser my chance of a successful VBAC. She was induced at 39 weeks and some days, and was born at 40w1d.
This baby, well, we cant tell yet.
I would also heavily recommend against any induction for convenience unless you are far postdates or have a really good bishops score (in which case, without an induction you're likely to go into labor within a few days, anyway). It is harder on your body, the baby's, and drastically reduces your chances at having an unmedicated, easily managed birth. Furthermore, it can easily cascade into unnecessary interventions and a c-section, which has been my experience.
You're better off just having your mom come on the later side and going on your own than trying to ballpark it with an induction.
I only have one, but my mom went to 41 weeks with me and then 39+3 with my sister. Both were spontaneous natural labours.
How far ahead does she have to plan her trip? I think coming the last week of February would be plenty of time, unless there are indicators otherwise that you might go really early.
DD1 @ 39+3
DD2 @ 39+1 (labour started at 39w)
YAy for a homebirth this time, Amber!! THough that is a tricky timing thing with your mum. I hope you guys nail it and she's there for just the right amount of time.