My hubby works away and we're trying to plan his time home for when our baby is born... because he's contract his annual leave is used up between contracts so he's only got about a week up his sleeve at the moment and if he wants extra time off it's going to be unpaid... so we want to make the most of time off and he'd prefer to have the majority of his time off after our baby is born... but he doesn't want to risk missing the birth...
I was wondering... if we choose to have a c-section so we can plan better, will the hospitals allow us to go in early??... at maybe 38-39 weeks... that way i won't risk going into labour naturally while hubby is away and we can plan his leave and make the most of his time home for after the baby is born...
Is anyone else in this position? If so, what are you doing? Do you think the hospital would allow us to go in early?
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18-03-2012 19:40 #1
Opting for a early C-Section
18-03-2012 19:51 #2
Probably if you go private...
18-03-2012 19:54 #3
I think it depends on your hospital, and yes you would have a much higher chance if u had an ob / private.
18-03-2012 20:08 #4Senior Member
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I'm not in your position but my DD was induced at 38 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. It was an emergency so she really did have to be born then but I'd never have a baby at 38 weeks by choice. She was so little and frail in comparison to full term babies - she even still had quite a bit of black downy hair on her shoulders and back. Breastfeeding was harder than it would have been at term because she was so sleepy and she just seemed too tiny to be out in the world. Having said that, she didn't need any special care but the health risks of being born early are ongoing for life. I don't have time to link to studies, but there has been quite a number of recent ones that show that babies born at 38 or 39 week are at much greater risk of all kinds of conditions. Consequently, elective c-sections and social inductions before 40 weeks have recently been severely restricted in some countries, including Canada and some US states.
If you do weigh up the risks and decide that an elective c-section is your best option. Then I'd strongly advise waiting until 40 weeks - first babies rarely come early.
Also, can you afford to have your husband take leave without pay? Birth and those newborn days are such rare, intense, important and amazing times in your life that it seems a pity to have to compromise around them.
i hope you can find a solution that works for you
18-03-2012 20:08 #5
Most like to do it bang on 39 weeks, public are much less flexible on dates.
Both my kids were 8 pounds 9 ounces, DS was born at 37 weeks and DD was born at 39 weeks.
E.T.A.: I went public for both mine.
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18-03-2012 20:19 #6
18-03-2012 20:24 #7
DD2 was an elective C-section, after an emergency C-section with DD1 after a 12 hour labour with no progress... we went private both times and could not fault them... the scheduled DD2s C-section at 38w, 2d, as they did not want me to go into labour (had some serious contractions at 35w 6d, but thankfully, she decided to stay put)! So, short answer, if you are going private, I don't see why they won't let you have but around the 38-39 week mark; may be another story if you go public, my friend had an elective C-section booked with her second bub, going public, and they were not willing to do it until bub's due date; she ended up going into labour on her own 4 days early, and ended up with an emergency C-section... good luck!
18-03-2012 20:42 #8
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18-03-2012 20:52 #9Senior Member
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If you're going private, depending on your ob, you should have no probs with a social induction or elective c-section - they aren't without their risks, but it's your body and your birth.
If you're going public you'll have a much harder time getting them to agree.
I wish you all the best - it sucks to have the worry hanging over what should be a happy time.
19-03-2012 07:41 #10-
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Even in a public hospital im pretty sure they do them round the 39 week mark anyway.
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