How often is the midwife right?

(22 Posts)
RhubarbCrumbled Wed 19-Dec-12 14:48:06

I've just had my 39 week midwife appointment and she recons that the baby should be here by the end of the weekend. Last time they would have been more or less right had DS not got stuck! I'm feeling very twingy, loads of discharge and mucusy and the baby is almost fully engaged and a quite quiet...How often is the midwife right about the timing of the baby arriving?

molly29 Wed 19-Dec-12 15:59:41

Hi,
I would trust the midwife,my midwife was always spot on, sounds like a show you are experiencing! My baby arrived about two days after i had a show! Good luck.xxxx

SeeYouSoon Wed 19-Dec-12 16:43:42

Mine said at my 38 wk appointment that i would have had him by my 40 wk one, but I had him at 42, so not at all for me! However, sounds like you may be having a show so fingers crossed for you.

mayhew Wed 19-Dec-12 17:29:09

As a midwife of 24 yrs………I'm more often right than a random woman in the street but I have been very much out! Last week for example…..

RhubarbCrumbled Wed 19-Dec-12 22:21:48

So what happened last week?!

NotAQueef Wed 19-Dec-12 22:29:05

No idea! But if baby's movements have changed, I'd get checked out.

BikeRunSki Wed 19-Dec-12 22:35:05

First pg mw told me his head was engaged at 38 weeks. I had an emcs for a footling breech 3 data later. So, wrong there.

Second time, mw told me that I couldn't be more than a couple of cm dilated and the baby was fine. I was 10cm and DD's heart had stopped.

I don't really trust mws.

PinotGrigioandaMincePie Wed 19-Dec-12 22:56:39

I also got told that at 38weeks and didn't have DS until 42 weeks. Sorry, probably not helpful! Hope all goes well for you.

I dont know but QUeef is right, if baby is a bit quiet, please get it checked out.

RhubarbCrumbled Fri 21-Dec-12 05:25:44

Just a quick update! Baby is moving well and all is fine there, just very very low. Contractions are stop start so thing's are gearing up just not fast enough! Looks like the midwife might be just a couple of data early in her predictions after all...

AmandaCooper Fri 21-Dec-12 05:31:07

Ooh that's exciting! I read your thread yesterday, I've got my fingers crossed for you! I take it you can't sleep! grin

babyperks Mon 24-Dec-12 12:17:16

I had my 38 week appt today (I'm 38+4) and midwife said the same, that I won't make my next appt, so very excited but trying not to get hopes up too much just in case. (I'll be 40+6 on my next appt). Had a bit of a dodgy wee sample though, so has been sent off for tests, fingers crossed everything is ok!
Merry Christmas everyone! grin

AmandaCooper Sun 30-Dec-12 23:56:14

I wish I was 38+4! grin

StarOfLightMcKings3 Mon 31-Dec-12 00:14:30

Midwife told me that baby not engaged, or even right way round and not dropped.

Born 14 hours later.

To be fair mw didn't say he wouldn't be.

Longdistance Mon 31-Dec-12 00:25:21

Not always right. Not in my case anyway.

My contractions started at 9pm. Midwife said I was only 1cm at 1am when we went in. She said I'd still be there at lunchtime, and did I want to go home. Luckily I chose to stay..... dd1 was born over 3 hours later, and was in my arms at 3.20 am <smug> grin

Sometimes you jut know.

piprabbit Mon 31-Dec-12 00:34:46

100% of the MWs I met were 100% wrong about when my babies arrived.

Except the one who looked at my fanjo and hit the alarms as the baby was on it's way out (I'd only just walked into the hospital).

bruffin Mon 31-Dec-12 00:43:13

I went for 37week check for my dc2. MW said i should see you next week, but i dont think I will. DD was born 2 days later.

RhubarbCrumbled Mon 31-Dec-12 13:55:19

So the midwife was so wrong! 3 days overdue now and absolutely no sign of anything starting. I need to find out how to book an ELCS for next week just in case nothing happens.

StarOfLightMcKings3 Mon 31-Dec-12 15:35:38

Honestly, none of my babies have ever been engaged even the day of the birth. Mine like the element of surprise I reckon.

Interestingly, last two babies came literally hours after I'd had a final call with a midwife to tell me she'd unbooked induction and cancelled consultant appointment. I reckon stress and worry keep my babies in.

GingerJulep Mon 31-Dec-12 19:36:22

OP, do you need/want an ELCS for being 1 week (+ 3 days) over?

That isn't particularly 'late' unless you/baby have any complications, no?

RhubarbCrumbled Tue 01-Jan-13 07:51:27

I had an Emcs last time so I'm not allowed to be induced. Two weeks over is next Friday so any time late next week is fine! I think i'll feel better knowing it's booked. In the meantime, there's acupuncture and a sweep to look forward to this week plus a lovely new years day walk by the beach!

GingerJulep Tue 01-Jan-13 18:05:21

Hope you had a relaxing (or maybe labour-starting!) walk. Good luck for however you have baby.

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