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Over 40 water birth

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mellongoose Mon 15-Aug-16 09:09:09

Do you know if it is possible to have a water birth if you go over your due date when over 40 (years old)?

My first dd was born in a midwife led unit in the pool and I'd like to do that again (if it all goes as well). But I here that they automatically induce at 40 weeks?!

mellongoose Mon 15-Aug-16 11:04:03

Shamelessly bumping for help smile

JessieMcJessie Mon 15-Aug-16 21:36:29

I suspect every hospital has its own policy- I'll tell you on Wednesday what mine is- am due in for 38 week monitoring on Weds and am told that they will explain induction policy to me then (I'm 42 and hoping to use the midwife led birth centre with pool).

PeppasNanna Mon 15-Aug-16 21:40:18

I had dd when i was 40 & 41 weeks pregnant, oh & she was my 6th dc.

Most hospitals have policies on induction etc but remember they are only policies.

Good luck!

mellongoose Tue 16-Aug-16 09:56:48

Thanks for your help girls. Good to know it's not an across the board policy. Will see what the midwife says.

Good luck Jessie flowers

0hCrepe Tue 16-Aug-16 10:00:51

I'm 40 and have the option of being induced at 40 weeks but it's not compulsory. I'm also down as consultant led because of my age. I would like a water birth and the pool is in midwifery led so I asked my midwife about it. She said when I phone triage when labour has started to say at that point I'd like to be midwifery led and request the pool too, to give them chance to fill it.
Have you had any complications?

mellongoose Wed 17-Aug-16 10:37:28

No complications so far but it's still early days. I will explore options at next mw app.

JessieMcJessie Wed 17-Aug-16 13:46:37

I was told they "like" to induce within a few days of EDD for over 40s and that induction cannot be done in the midwife- led unit. I am seeing a consultant next week if baby not yet born to discuss induction policy in more detail. However they do have pools on the labour ward too in my hospital so being there doesn't necessarily preclude using one. That said, if I need extra monitoring I won't be able to use a pool. However they do all they can to avoid you being flat on your back.

Is the MLU where you want to go close to the hospital? Mine is in the same building, one floor below, and I don't think I'd be considering it if it was far enough away to require ambulance transfer. Just my personal preference though.

mellongoose Wed 17-Aug-16 21:31:30

MLU is 10 minutes from home. The hospital is a good 25 mins from MLU. Had DD in MLU and it was a great experience. Have since turned 40 so things could be different this time.

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