I'd imagine it's on a baby by baby basis- but 2 of my friends have recently had sections (due to heavy bleeds) during the middle of week 36, both their babies are thriving. Go with what they advise. 37 weeks is officially fully baked!
Had DC2 at 37 weeks by elective section having previously experienced 2nd trimester loss due to placental failure. He weighed in at 7lb 9oz. Two midwives had a row in the corner of theatre as to whether he needed to go to SCBU as he was 'mucussy'. He went, and we were told we wouldn't see him until the following day. But SCBU sent him back within 20 mins, and he was breastfeeding within the hour. We did have a brush with jaundice and he was hospitalised a couple of times in his first year with chest infections, but otherwise in rude health.
Given our history, getting him out at the earliest opportunity felt a no-brainer - but only because earlier experience altered our perception of risk.
I'm 32 weeks now with dc2 and likely to have a c section at 37 weeks, as with dc1, due to med history/previous surgery. I pushed for longer this time as dc1 was v quiet at first, which scared us a bit, and struggled with b-f first 48 hrs. Then fed her til 2 and can't keep her quiet now so she turned out fine long term!
Anyway, I'd still rather have dc2 a little later so he has longer to bake but think the advice will probably be against due to balance of risks. Just wondered what experience others have of c section at 37 weeks? Did you/bubba struggle at first?
I probably shdnt worry about this as fully conscious that lots of LOs come much earlier with no warning and do v well long term. but I guess it's a mums job to worry and I'd love to hear about others experiences.