I'm just wondering what the usual timescale is-I've been told I will need a cs at around 36 weeks but that it will be booked at 34...... I need to have childcare in place and dh booked off work with more notice than that especially as I will be 36 weeks over xmas week. If I ask before that would it be booked in sooner or is 34 weeks the standard time ? Thanks
It’s standard in my Trust to book about 1 week in advance. They can’t book too far in advance as timetables change all the time for emergencies/doctors on call rotas etc. I think 2 weeks in advance is quite good notice really
I'm just panicking as it will be xmas week....childcare is a big big issue for dd (SN) and I need to get it all organised. Of course things may change anyway of anything happens earlier then it'd be an EMCS but I just feel the need to have more than two weeks notice due to dd and dh work
My “elective” ones were early (35+5 and 37+5) due to gradually failing placentas and reduced movements. Both I had about 36 hrs notice. Not great for planning child care (these were for my DS2 and DS3), but needs must. My parents (who did the childcare) were a bit stupid about it, both had been pushing for an exact date for weeks, but as I said at the time, if the situation were different and I was waiting for spontaneous labour, then they would have had far less notice!!
There's no harm in asking your midwife, last time I saw mine she said 'have a think about what day you'd like' as in my trust they only do electives on Mon, Weds & Fri so you may be able to request a certain day in your 39th week.
Of course things could change on the day anyway as emergencies will take priority & you might have to wait.