I'm due on Monday (2/4). I've known since the beginning that my OB practice would not let me go more than 42 weeks. I'm trying to go med-free and very much want to go into labor naturally, but even I don't know if I'd be comfortable going more than 42 weeks. So I was fine with that.
At my 39 week appointment yesterday, I had to make an appointment for the induction since they schedule them at least two weeks out. So what I thought I'd do is schedule it for Friday 2/15. That day would be easier for my mom and sister to fly up too, since they both work and want to minimize the time they're taking off, plus it would be very close to the two week mark and would give me additional time to go into labor by myself. The doc said that was fine, but gave me a word of caution. Essentially, she said that the closer to 2 weeks I get, the more likely that there would be meconium. She said that if there is meconium, though it's not likely a big deal, the hospital's practice is to take the baby to the NICU first, rather than lay her on my chest. So if it's important to me to have skin-to-skin right away, it's better to do it earlier.
Just to make clear, she was in no way telling me my baby would be in danger if I waited the full two weeks, and made clear that it was my choice. Her point was just that longer waits equal greater likelihood of meconium, and meconium automatically means delaying skin-to-skin so that the baby can go to the NICU first to get checked out. Skin-to-skin is really important to me, but so is going into labor naturally, so I'm a little torn as to what to do.
As of now I've got the induction scheduled for February 12th but I can change it. There's obviously lots of time between now and then to go into labor naturally and the likelihood is that this won't even become a problem. But I was curious as to what you guys would do in this situation.