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02/11/2014 at 21:12
Some questions for those of you who went overdue with your babies and choose expectant monitoring (think that's what it called) rather than being induced.
I'm meeting my usual midwife on Tues when I'll be 41+1 by my dates (41+5 by theirs) so I want to be prepared for what happens next. My appointment this week (when my usual midwife was away on holiday) was lovely & she was happy to go to with my dates (as was the mw on call who phoned me today to check what was happening as obviously my usual mw has me down by my NHS dates!). I've been told they like to start the monitoring at 40+12 rather than 42 weeks is that the usual case? Can I ask how often the monitoring happens (again I've read things online from daily to twice a week)? How long each monitoring session lasts? & what I should expect them to be checking for & what levels of things I should be concerned?
Thanks in advance x
03/11/2014 at 13:01
I had the monitoring as I didn't want induction. Ended up only having one session at 40+12 as I was told it had to start before 42 weeks. Basically had a scan to check the fluids around the baby and the placenta and then I had heatbeat monitoring for an hour or so. Then I had to see the consultant to explain the risks of not having induction by 42 weeks and sign a load of consent forms. Also had more urine and blood pressure testing. the plan was then for twice weekly monitoring up to 43 weeks but as I say I didnt get that far as I went in to labour at 42 weeks. I also had a sweep at the 40+12 monitoring as cervix was favorable and 1-2cm dilated.
Although the monitoring didn't itself take too long I was still at the hospital most of teh day as I was not a priority case and each thing had a wait between it so it took AGES.
hope baby comes soon for you xx
03/11/2014 at 13:07
also BK, not sure if you wre planning a homebirth but my local trust wouldn't let me go to MW led unit or have a homebirth if i was over 42 weeks. So my plans were thrown into a bit of disarray which I found hard to adjust to at that stage (turned out for the best in the end as meconium and cord issues would have meant baby wouldn't have survived not on normal unit but still, that wasn't a relevant part of the decision).
I found a lot of pressure when I refuse induction but you have to stick to your guns if you feel it is right and baby is fine. I thought there dates were a couple of weeks out anyway so I was happy for the decision i made
03/11/2014 at 13:45
Thanks Little Monkey, yes I am planning a home birth & I know they recommend only up till 42 weeks but I plan to cross that hurdle when it comes. My annoying midwife now refuses to listen to my dates & has booked me in trace tomorrow morning so I've contacted the supervisor who's gonna talk to my mw to find out what's going on. Am gonna refuse to see that mw again as she's just stressing me out & I know if I'm stressed that's not exactly gonna encourage the baby to come out!!
I was told trace would only last 20 mins but to allow an hour for it all which'll be fun with a toddler in tow (will have to bribe her with food).
Hopefully I can see another midwife for an antenatal tomorrow then do the trace later in the week.
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