I am living in the Caribbean and plan to go home to the U.S. to deliver baby #1. I don't get much maternity leave (6 weeks paid then unpaid up to 12 weeks total), so I don't want to waste it by going back to the U.S. too early only to sit on my butt waiting to go into labor. OTOH I'm not keen to deliver here. It probably wouldn't be a disaster to deliver here, but I'd prefer my provider at home and to be near my family. I already spoke with work and can do 2 weeks of work via internet with pay before starting my leave, so that will help.
The flights home (2) are both 3 hours each, with a total travel time door-to-door of just under 10 hours. I'm sure in late pregnancy, that's going to be pretty miserable, but I don't have another good option. I checked with the airline, and as long as they have an OB's note within 48 hours of the flight, they will take me up to 7 days before delivery (not that I would wait that long though!) I'm a FTM which means I'm more likely to go past due date than early, but in my immediate family, all babies have come at 38 weeks.
When would you go back home to deliver?